Yoga is considered to be a healing practice. Yoga can do a lot of good for your overall health. It reduces stress effectively, it greatly improves your flexibility and helps blood circulation, creates stronger muscles and therefore strengthens the body and encourages you to try out new things that will help improve your self-confidence.
However, as with any sport, yoga can cause serious injury. Somehow, yoga is more likely to cause injuries than other sports because of its unique nature. The yoga injuries that are usually treated in emergency rooms include but not limited to overstretched muscles and strain from repetition of exercises in areas of the neck, knees, legs, spine, and shoulders.
The main reason why yoga students end up getting hurt during training is that they put pressure on themselves. It is assumed that yoga has to do with one’s self and improving the mind of an individual. But as the popularity of yoga seems to grow, so do the number of yoga students who do yoga in the wrong way is increasing, and this results in many injuries. Below, we will check out how you can avoid and overcome Yoga injuries.
Always start small
It is common to see new beginners practicing advanced yoga poses, which is incorrect. To avoid injury, you should start with simple poses, and then, when you’re used to the basics, you can decide to try out advanced positions. For example, you can start with just raising your hands, and trying to do balancing before going to a more complex pose.
Know your limits
Know your strength and weakness while doing yoga. Some people like to work extremely, to extend the boundaries of their body. Expanding your boundaries requires constant practice and time. Injuries take a lot more time and can make you lose a lot of the strength and flexibility you’ve gained over time. You can also take your time and get consistent and measurable results and make your dreams come true. On the other hand, you can also lose all that you have worked for when you work at extreme and don’t know your limits.
Study your alignment
Yoga is something that’s personal. Yoga positions do not possess alignment, but people do. If you do not do your alignment properly, the same pose and position that’s perfect for you may not be accurate for another person. However, some people may have restrictions in their muscles and joints. It can also be emotional or mental restrictions. All this needs to be considered carefully.
Train with a professional
You must avoid yoga training without the appropriate instructor. It is important to consider working with an experienced yoga instructor who has a certificate from the appropriate authorities. A good instructor will be able to train you properly in order to avoid injuries.
Practice with a sticky yoga mat
During yoga class, depending on the type of class, there may be sweating. And if you’re not using a sticky mat, once sweats drop on the mat, you may fall. It is easy to lose posture (hands or feet) on slippery surfaces. So it’s important you use a sticky yoga mat always.
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