Re: BPPV & Yoga, should I continue??
As you may recall, my BPV started in a yoga class (I had been taking it for about 1-1/2 years at that point). After I got back to a somewhat normal state, I did go back to doing some beginner yoga, but NO inversions! Well, actually I did do downward dog, which technically is an inversion of sorts, but no headstands, handstands, etc. That's fine with me! I found it helped deal with the stress of this crap. I would suggest talking with your instructor and seeing what they know about people with vertigo. You can just seek out modifications of the poses where necessary so as not to aggravate your inner ear or else just skip the really dicey ones and do something else while the rest of the class finishes a pose you can't do. Like for me, mine came on during a simple twist while lying on my back. I'm sure you know it; it's sometimes called alligator twist (lay on back, bend right knee, take it in your left hand and twist your lower body to the left while turning your head to the right), and now when I do it, I just continue to keep my head still looking up at the ceiling. No more looking to the right for me, since that's the motion that started it (after the headstand had dislodged the crystals, that is!).
Yoga is very much about listening to yourself and being in your own space, if you know what I mean. Honoring yourself and knowing you need to do different things is perfectly in line with the general philosophy of yoga. I know you generally sign waivers at the beginning of a yoga class that you are doing it at your own risk, but at the same time, the instructor should be there to help you make modifications and enjoy the class just as she/he would with any other person who may need assistance (people with various physical injuries, etc.). If you really enjoy it, I don't see why you should give it up. Just start slow and see where it takes you.
Last edited by treefarmer; 09-17-2004 at 04:49 PM.