Causes & Tips to Minimize Chances of Yoga Related Injuries

By Patricia | November 13, 2008
Causes Of Yoga Injuries

Yoga Injuries are normally the result of doing one or more poses or breathing techniques the wrong way over a period of years, and sometimes, just in a span of a few months. Yoga practices, like any other exercise regimen, can result in injuries. The most frequent ones we are familiar with are the result of recurring strains or overstretching. The weakest spots are the lower back, shoulders, wrist, neck, down the spinal column, the knees and hamstrings.

Most Yoga injuries are caused by overstretching and incorrect techniques. Oftentimes, straining and overstretching the back muscles in a bid to relax and relieve chronic neck and backaches worsen the situation. So much so that, considering the slew of Yoga instructors in the market, today, it is said that the potential physical risks of learning and practicing Yoga far outweigh the rewards.

A trained, experienced tutor will, on the other hand be on his or her toes checking for feedback from students and will follow safety norms. Even so, students must be fully aware of the potential dangers and risks arising out of taking up Yoga practice. And never ever venture into Yoga practice without adequate knowledge of poses and breathing exercise and safety measures. This is very, very important – in fact mandatory – for all those practicing at home, on their own

How To Reduce The Chances Of Yoga Injuries

  • Always ensure the credentials, particularly the experience level of your Yoga instructor.
  • Those with any medical problems, no matter how minor, such as backaches, neck pains or any injuries should consult their physician or any medical practitioner before taking up Yoga.
  • Always insist on thorough warm-up exercises prior to a Yoga session. Remember, cold tendons, ligaments and muscles are most susceptible to injury.
  • Wear light, loose fitting clothes that make adequate room for movement.
  • When you are beginning, start slowly. First learn the basics like synchronic breathing and resist the urge to stretch too far at once.
  • Never hesitate to ask questions. Whenever you are in doubt with regard to a pose, movement, or breathing technique, ask your tutor rather than continue on impulse or instinct.
  • Listen to your body. Never attempt positions beyond your limits of strength, stretch or comfort.
  • It is important to discern what type of Yoga practice you are taking up. There are dozens of different forms. Many of them are strenuous, demanding, laborious, arduous and taxing. Take up the type that best suits your needs bearing in mind your age and health condition.
  • Keep hydrated all the time. Carry fluids with you at all times. Some forms of Yoga are very taxing and perspiration can contribute to dehydration.
  • Whenever you feel tired or experience pain during a Yoga session, stop immediately and take a break. Persistent, recurring aches and pains call for medical attention.
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