It is widely accepted that yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, reduce mental stress, build muscles and improve fitness. It is also accepted that yoga helps with chronic pain. Does that mean it is ok to do yoga when I have pain?
To answer that you must first understand the philosophy of yoga. Yoga is a practice that focuses on the connection between mind and body. This means it is not just the difficult postures; it also involves many aspects of meditation and breathing techniques.
Modern day yoga has introduced many new dimensions to this age-old art and it has slowly adapted to the saying: “no pain no gain”. To this end, people now are pushing themselves and think of yoga only as exercise and try to do the most physically hard poses possible. This approach mean people are trying to challenge the physical limit of joint, ligaments and muscles and can cause irritation to chronic conditions and/or new injuries.
Bottom line is: research has shown yoga to be a safe method to improve quality of life, reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, lower blood pressure, and improve fitness, strength and flexibility. But incorrect practice of yoga can cause injuries. If your body is not at 100% (have injuries or in pain), it would be wise to be careful and consult a doctor about practicing yoga.