Yoga is often helping to improve balance, concentration, mental acuity, and flexibility of the body. Yoga has therapeutic value, and promotes overall personal development. It is easy enough to perform by all age groups. With all these benefits, it is hard to believe that you can also harm yourself in any manner. Yoga does not really harm you at all; however, if not taking proper precautions while performing yoga can cause yoga injuries.
Your grandmother might have told you that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, yes she was right.
Top ten Yoga tips to stay away from Yoga Injuries
- Find a certified yoga instructor - It is ideal to perform yoga under the supervision of a yoga instructor who can supervise you how correctly you are performing and help you when necessary.
- Special health conditions - You need to tell your yoga instructor if you are pregnant or have had any injuries, musculoskeletal ailments, t condition, high/low blood pressure, surgery, or any other such as special conditions. Your yoga instructor can simplify the yoga poses or suggests other poses that will meet your needs.
- Make your body flexible - Always start your yoga session with warm-up stretches for about 5-10 minutes to relax your muscles and promote blood circulation. Then proceed to be easy, intermediate, and more advanced poses gradually and makes them enjoyable to do without any strain.
- Have convenience clothing’s – Don’t go for too tight or loose clothing, because it can restrict muscular movement, causes nuisance and distraction during yoga practice.
- Do not compete – Yoga should be performed gently with enjoyment at your own pace do not go for competition with another peoples who practicing yoga along with you. Just do not force yourself to compete with others.
- Stay within your limits – know your limits and do not force beyond your capacity. If you feel any uneasy or pain during yoga poses, cut short the yoga poses or stops doing it. Yoga beginners have the tendency to push beyond their capacity due to too much of enthusiasm.
- Listen - you know the best, what is good for your body and well-being? Yoga should be a relaxing experience and should not cause any pain. Listen to your body closely as you practice yoga so that you can reap the maximum benefits.
- Be patience – it is impossible to master all yoga poses in a single go. It is important to start slowly and give some time to your body to adapt to the yoga poses. Keep in mind “slow and steady wins the race.”
- Do not eat just before the yoga session - Yoga should not practice on a full stomach; it is necessary to have been at least two-hour gap after food before the yoga session. This helps more comfortable, efficient practice and provides maximum benefits.
- Do not do if tired – it is advisable to stop performing yoga if you feel too tired (or of low energy level) to avoid yoga injury or any strain to the body system.