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What should I do if I experience pain during yoga class?
If you feel discomfort beyond typical muscle fatigue, such as sudden and sharp pain that may indicate a serious injury, gently get out of the pose and tell your teacher. If you’re too shy to speak up, raise your hand to get your teacher’s attention. Often, pain in a pose can be alleviated with a simple modification or a supportive prop like a block. If the pain persists or worsens, or it’s too severe to continue, stop your practice. Roll up your mat and exit the room. If you can, wait to speak with your teacher after class to help identify the cause of your pain. And seek the advice of a medical professional if the pain persists.
–John Schumacher Founder of Unity Woods Yoga Center, Bethesda, Maryland