Whenever you exercise, there is always a risk of injury. Many runners suffer from knee or ankle injuries as a result of the high impact and when lifting weights, it’s common for people to tear muscles if they push themselves too hard. But nobody expects to get injured while doing yoga because it seems like a very low impact activity.
The reality is, you absolutely can injure yourself when practicing yoga, especially when you start attempting more difficult poses, so it’s important that you protect yourself. These are the best ways to avoid injuries during your yoga practice.
One of the most common reasons that people get hurt when doing yoga is that they push themselves too hard and they dive into advanced poses before they are ready. Most of us are not used to bending our bodies into different positions and holding them there and it takes time to build that flexibility and strength.
If you jump in at the deep end, you are likely to hurt yourself so it’s important that you start out with simple poses and keep practicing those until you can do them confidently. Then, you can start building it up slowly, making sure that you are always confident with your current poses before moving onto anything more difficult.
Focus On Flexibility Poses
Lack of flexibility is very common in yoga beginners and it’s often the reason that people get injured. That’s why it’s a good idea to focus on flexibility poses, like the frog stretch, when you are first starting out.
It’s true that all yoga poses will help to improve your strength and flexibility but some are better than others and these are the ones that you should practice first. As your flexibility improves, you will find that you are able to do a lot more advanced poses that you would never have managed before.
There are so many great online yoga videos that you can do at home and that’s a great way to get started. So many people benefit from doing yoga at home, whether they are trying to improve their posture and flexibility, tone muscle, or improve their mental health.
However, if you are serious about yoga, it’s best to find a teacher and practice with them instead of following along with videos on your own. As you start to attempt more difficult poses, using the correct form is so important and if you are not performing poses correctly, you put yourself at risk of injury.
A yoga teacher will be able to help make sure that you are practicing safely and they will also help to gauge your ability level so you don’t push yourself too hard. Even if you want to carry on doing yoga at home, there are plenty of online teachers that you can go to.
Modify Your Poses
We all have different body shapes and that means that we all experience yoga poses in a slightly different way. When you hold a pose, it’s important that you find a spot that is comfortable for you and your body but many people make the mistake of trying to follow exactly what their instructor is doing.
If you are holding poses in a way that is uncomfortable for you, that’s not good and you are far more likely to injure yourself. So, don’t be afraid to modify poses slightly in a way that suits you. You will find it a lot easier to relax and hold a strong pose and it makes it a lot safer as well.
Give Full Attention To The Pose
One of the reasons that yoga has so many mental health benefits is that it helps to focus your mind and shut out all of the noise as you breathe into the pose. But that focus is a skill that you have to learn and many beginners struggle with it.
The problem is, if you let your mind wander and you don’t give your full attention to the pose, you are more likely to let your form slip. You may be holding the pose wrong or you may fall and hurt yourself because you weren’t paying attention. It’s important that you always give full attention to the pose and listen to your body so you can make sure that your muscles are engaged.
Yoga might not seem like the most dangerous activity but if you are not careful, you can hurt yourself. However, as long as you keep these tips in mind, you can practice safely.
KT is a digital nomad who quit her job, bought a ticket somewhere, got a tan, fell in love with mother nature and she would never return to the normal life that society dictates. You can also connect with her on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @pinaynomad