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Elbow pain from yoga handstand?


I have been practicing (Ashtanga) yoga for 18 months.The past 6 months I have been practicing Handstands.I now have pain in the elbows (tendonitis?)It hurts on outside, just below the joint.Does at 47 year old, 158lbs male, stop handstands?I don’t want to, it is fun.Do I need to take a break on arm presures for a few weeks?JH


  1. If it is both elbows, it is almost certainly due to overuse; in your case, doing something (stressful position) that your elbows are not used to.You need to stop the handstands for a while, and not do them until you are pain free. If/when you do go back to doing them, you need to start with very short periods at a time, and gradually build up the time periods. Let us know how you make out, and good luck.