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Kate

I would temporarily eliminate surya namaskar for a person with "severe back pain". Practice supine poses with the back supported until the severity of the pain decreases.

Alida

Thanks for a useful article. I am looking forward to the ones that follow. Could you explain 'restorative' asanas, please. It may just be a difference between UK and US English!
I've recently overdone it with the upper back - not through Yoga but over-enthusuastic Butterfly! I have been to my osteopath and am now going back to exercise. Any ideas to help getting back to normal, and later on for safe butterfly welcome!
Om - Alida

Bonnie Berk, RN, MS, ERYT

While injuries may cramp your style, this is a great opportunity to learn how to really listen to your body. When I broke my wrist many years ago, I continued doing yoga and rather than focusing on what I couldn't do, I focused on what I could. And I believe my healing was quciker because I continued to practice. In fact, my surgeon told me I might never be able to put weight on the affected arm. However, I am stronger today than ever.
So, encourage your injured students to do what they can and honor their body by really "paying attention." Pain is a great modifier" and remember when a door closes, a window opens.

Maya

Which asanas in surya namaskar should be replaced for a person with a severe back pain?

Thank you

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