' Injury doesn't prevent you practicing yoga, just a few asana (though some of those might be your favourites)'.
There's pithy for ya.
So Injury doesn't prevent us practicing yoga but our response to injury often does. Either we decide to give up on practice altogether until the injury goes away or we go through a modified practice frustrated, resentful, depressed, either way that ain't yoga.
Not that I'm going to get into what yoga is or isn't here, though Govinda Kai did tweet this week that we should Question what yoga is everyday. Still with the ontic, rather than the ontological, sigh!
To give him the benefit of the doubt it's probably just pragmatics and favouring a pithy way to frame the tweet. By questioning what yoga is everyday I'm sure he means us to question it's ontic status as well, is yoga a what or a more ontological how, talking the being of yoga here rather than how as in methodology. Perhaps we should be questioning how it is that there is yoga at all, that such a disposition was sought, encountered. Did the first yogi remember for a moment that he, along with the rest of us had forgotten that he/we had forgotten something and for a moment felt a little less homeless. Of course, alternatively, we could just DO and hope for the best what we're doing is.
Some philosophers argue that the only philosophical question worth bothering with is what is philosophy? and that newbie Philosophe should ask that very question everyday. They would wouldn't they, ontic questions keep linguistic philosophers in work, books and thesis. I prefer Why is philosophy and by extension why is yoga, ask that one everyday and see where it gets you. Why yoga? ( and I dont mean why are you doing yoga, just why yoga).
But I digress, back to injury watch...
Quite interesting actually, an opportunity. Hey, anyone who practices yoga for a week and a half wants to be a yoga teacher right, and as such you'll have students with injuries, your own injury is good training.
I'm lucky though in that I have my Vinyasa Krama practice as well as Ashtanga, Vinyasa Krama loves injuries, heck it's almost it's raison d'être. Lots of vinyasa (variations) to postures to address injuries or work around them. Good to remember here too that both Krishnamacharya and Jois would supposedly us alternative postures or variations to help students with injuries, Vinyasa Krama was their knowledge bank.
Also I practice at home so I have a lot of freedom to take my time and explore my way through and around the injury. I'm sure experienced teachers are wonderful at helping their students with their injuries in the shalas but I can imagine said students often feel a bit of a bother and an imposition, injury guilt, however much they're told that's why the teacher is there and welcomes the break from the monotony.
Good Vipassana, practice too, lots of noticing.
I've rambled, this is getting long and I want to get the Sunday paper, Egypt you know. So a series of posts for a while perhaps, titled Injury watch, on dealing with whatever this is that's preventing me, not from practicing yoga but from just bending forward.