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Many people with back pain try yoga. “Like any exercise, yoga is not one size fits all," Ms Bouvier says.
A beginner’s guide to yoga. Written with the help of our expert founder, Anna-Louise Bouvier on the ABC last month. "I love yoga. I practise a lot of yoga. But I’ve also treated a lot of people with yoga injuries." While those who are naturally very flexible are often drawn to yoga, their flexibility actually increases the chance of them injuring themselves, she says.
This is because they can push movements too far and cause tissue damage. "If you're already quite flexible, be mindful at the end range of any of the poses," Ms Bouvier says. “You need to really work on control [of your movement] using the breath as much as you work on the range. “So much of it is preventable if you understand every body is different and every day is different too."
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