One of the most common yoga injuries is a tear to the high hamstring tendon. It feels like a pain in your bottom, just under your sitting bone. Ironically, this injury often feels like something that “better” hamstring stretching will dissolve away. Nothing could be further from the truth! It’s often a consequence of overstretching, perhaps from a flow-style yoga practice with an emphasis on forward folds.
Not only is the high hamstring attachment a frequent site of yoga injuries, it’s also a common achy area in runners and other running athletes. Quick pace changes can add stress to the area, preventing it from healing.
If this is sounding familiar to you, I have wonderful news. My colleague Jenni Tarma has just released an e-book, Stronger with Yoga: Hamstring Injury Rehab, to help you rehab this area so you can run pain-free, practice without the niggling ache, and generally feel stronger! It’s the first book in her Stronger with Yoga series. I’ve had the pleasure of reading the whole book, which is clearly written, accessible to non-yogis, and full of advice for dealing with every single stage of the injury, from taking the right amount of downtime to beginning a smart progression to realign and strengthen the injured area. (Bonus: my daughter Vivian contributed a few anatomical illustrations!)
- Click through to the book’s website, where you can read a free chapter
- Follow @strongerwithyoga on Instagram for lots of useful tips
- Read this related article Jenni wrote for Yoga Medicine
To learn more about Jenni:
- Visit Jenni’s website at jennitarma.com
- Follow @jennitarma on Instagram
- Practice along with Jenni in her online videos for Yoga Vibes (use code sagevibes to save $50 on an annual subscription)
- Read about our first work together
- See what she’s been working on lately
- Consider the Carolina Yoga Company 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, which Jenni co-teaches alongside me, Lies Sapp, and several excellent guest teachers. She leads many eye-opening asana practices to help practitioners and aspiring teachers understand anatomy and movement in easy, immediately applicable ways.