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Inversions such as the headstand (sirsasana) and shoulderstand (sarvangasana) are often considered "royal" posts by hatha yoga practitioners. Some students and teachers consider inversion to be extremely important in their personal hatha yoga practice.
While inversions bring many benefits, students with pre-existing illnesses are unnecessarily endangered. If we have no health problems, it is easy to set aside risks and contraindications, but yoga teachers and students should do their research.
For students with strokes in their families or with strokes in the past, the inversion approach should be "extreme caution." Below are questions and answers about safety measures, contraindications, and information that should be available to yoga teachers and students alike.
Q: I have a new student who had a stroke last year. I keep hearing warnings and contraindications about "recent strokes". How current is it? What should I know about how to help her into the wheel posture (chakrasana), preparing for the headstand, shoulderstand or other reversals?
A: Information on inversions of at-risk students with pre-existing illnesses, eg. B. Steps: I would not advise them if the stroke occurred recently or not.
This person is extremely vulnerable when running a mail that is in complete inversion. Each time she puts her head below the level of the heart, there is a considerable risk, whether it is a forward crease or a backward bend, e.g. B. a Radhaltung.
Here is the reason: strokes can occur for several reasons. These causes - blood clots, broken arterial linings, and other masses are common causes of strokes. Once there is a blood block in the brain, you have a stroke because oxygen and nutrients are no longer in the brain.
Unfortunately, your student has an existing illness. I would not turn a student upside down who was in a risk category related to a reverse post. I know that sounds hard, but I doubt that your student has the consent of her doctor. Maybe you want to assure it. A "doctor's letter" would be advisable.
This is for your own protection as well. In her case we are concerned with health, safety and well-being. In your case - if she's hurt because she participated in your class, you have to live with it; and any resulting litigation could test the limits of your liability insurance.
Other contraindications for reverse yoga postures include epilepsy, heart problems, neck injuries, high blood pressure, glaucoma and other eye problems. There is also a significant debate about whether a student should follow complete inversions during menstruation and pregnancy. In all these cases, the advice of a physician should be considered.
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