Avoid common Yoga related injuries with these 5 tips
Yoga has become a popular activity to help people find balance and get rid of stress from their day-to-day lives. It has great benefits for our lives, both physical, mental and to enjoy these many benefits a clear and focused head is needed, allowing conscious thoughts to flow from within; enjoy the path without thinking of the results. However, even if you are a seasoned yoga practitioner, sometimes we can get hurt during practice. There are common injuries that yoga practitioners experience but ultimately they can be avoided.
To help you practice yoga more safely, follow these five tips:
1. Adopt the mind of a beginner. Although yoga appears simple, it is not. It is important that when you choose this discipline; consider it such as physical activity. Select classes for beginners, because as you progress in yoga you must first start at the very beginning and avoid any possible injury.
2. Learn to listen to your body. In any yoga class, the body is a true guide of what is best for you. Listen to your body and honor the signals it gives you. This is fundamentally important to a safe practice. If any movement causes pain or pressure, stop and perform recommended movements to relax.
3. Personalize your routine. The exercises that work for the person next to you might not necessarily work for you, especially when you are a beginner and that person next to your is a more advanced in yoga. Remember for you to fully enjoy the benefits from a yoga session, you must not be hasty and let your body come to embrace its potential at its own pace.
4. Find your optimal point. This might be challenging, but it is a task that it will be the most rewarding and it will help you advance further. Try finding that specific point where yoga is a challenge to the body, but at the same time you're within your comfort zone. The advantage of finding these points is that you will experience gentle stretching, but the muscles are working just fine with no pain, tension or fatigue, therefore avoiding any possible injury.
5. Choose the teacher and the approach wisely. The practice of teaching yoga, is not universal, it is unfortunately common that with the recent high demand of yoga instructors not all of them are properly qualified. Each instructor has his or her approach, style, experience and training.
Before starting a class make sure that you feel that it is the right for you that the classes tare tailored to your needs. Take into account your objectives, and also be aware of other important factors that could impact directly your experience, such as if you have any injury, your age, performance, etc.
Finally, remember that an injury regardless if its minimum, it can be potentially harmful, therefore it is very important avoid them. If you experience any sort of pain during and after a yoga practice, tell your instructor and consult with a physician.