Effects of Overdoing or Breaking Yoga Routine

Yoga is a form of exercise which helps balance the body and mind. It helps the body to get fit while the mind learns to concentrate and focus better.

Together both these work towards building a better centered you.

But by overdoing yoga or by breaking your yoga routine, you can do more damage than good.


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People who do yoga often assume that doing more of it will be more profitable to the body. That however is a completely wrong assumption and should never be made.

Overdoing/Breaking Yoga Routine Effects

Overdoing or breaking the yoga routine has its effects on the mind and body. First, you have to remember that, like in any form of exercise, you need to warm up before the actual routine and cool down once you are done. Preparatory poses are very important as muscles need to be stretched properly and warmed up. Sometimes not resting or cooling down can also cause all kinds of pain. You need to rest and ensure that your muscles have come back to their normal states before doing regular activity. Overdoing the poses can lead to stretched muscles, loosened joints and other physical complications.

It is important to remember that you have to be intuitive to your body. Straining the body for exercise and overexerting it are two different things and there is a very thin line between the two which should not be crossed. People often overdo exercises because it seems easy to get carried away.

In yoga, for instance, to overdo head stands or neck stands can be bad for the brain due to excess blood flow to the area. It can also be bad for the spinal cord. Too many neck or head stands can also lead to piles or hernia.

Pranyama without proper preparation or when overdone can lead to hypertension and even heart attacks. Burnouts, incontinence, massive headaches and even in some rare cases, can lead to aneurysms. The physical effects of overdoing yoga usually mean stretched or tense muscles. In acute cases, it can also mean a tear in the muscle or the joint becoming sensitive. In such cases, you may need to stop doing the asanas or poses and resort to physical therapy till your health is not restored.

When you start a new regimen, it is also important to slowly increase the limits you stretch your body to. Done slowly, the body will respond very well but not done at all and the body will get used to regular exercises you do. It is important to remember to strain but not hurt your body to get immense benefits.

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