I was amazed by how many people assumed I could no longer do yoga after I hurt my knee. In truth, yoga was one of the few things I could do. The style of yoga I practice (alignment based) is especially suited to adapting for injuries. The use of props makes poses safe and comfortable. It also helps with recovery. I credit my yoga practice for the regaining of strength and flexibility in my knee post injury.
Whenever I need inspiration in yoga I go to the Yoga Sutras. Often I start at the beginning. The gist of the first sutra is NOW. “Now begins the study of yoga”. And, as I told my class yesterday, there is nothing like pain to put you in the now. What I could do in the past, or what I will be able to do in the future really doesn’t matter.
I wouldn’t wish injury on anyone but there are insights to be gained. Yoga is a great tool for healing if it’s done wisely with patience and awareness.