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!)
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