Our expert says:
Hi Lee Anne,
I would advise getting a medical check up as it is possible that something else is going on that you have suddenly developed these pains. It could also be the extra weight that is now putting extra load force on your joints. What medicines are you taking as this could also be the cause.
You do not have to stop doing yoga however. Listen to your body and make adjustments to the poses so that no pain is created. If it hurts then it is wrong, if it feels good then it is. Use this experience as an opportunity to explore your body as it is now and listen to what it is saying. Remember advancing in yoga is not being able to attain the most difficult posture known to man, but the degree of awareness one is able to cultivate in each pose. So take the opportunity to develop deeper awareness of your body and what is going on, and try to adjust and act according to your intuition and feeling. Our bodies are not the same from one day to the next and the only way to practice yoga is in the moment, making adjustments and doing poses that feel appropriate for that moment.
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