Preventing Injury During Yoga
31 October 2012,17:07:22 BST
Most people enjoy yoga because it is a considered a safe form of exercise. However, as with any physical activity, there are risks involved and injuries can occur. Here are our top tips for staying safe and preventing injury while practising yoga. There are numerous different poses, or ‘asanas’, in yoga, and if you have an existing medical condition you will find that certain poses aren’t suitable for you because they can increase your risk of injury. Check with your doctor if you have back or spine problems, severe osteoporosis, high or low blood pressure, or if you are pregnant. Your yoga instructor will also be able to advise you during the class which poses you should avoid or modify. If you do have a medical condition, it is not recommended to practise yoga at home or unsupervised unless you are very experienced. Yoga can actually help with many medical conditions when practised properly. It has many health benefits for conditions such as arthritis and other mobility problems, depression, poor circulation and for those who have suffered a stroke.
As with any other form of exercise, you should warm up properly before starting to avoid overstretching your muscles. Yoga may seem like a gentle activity, but you will stretch and strengthen muscles in the whole of your body. Your warm-up may be included as part of your class, but if not, carry out some gentle stretches before your session. If you experience a pain during the class, don’t carry on. Stop the pose and check with your instructor, as it may be that you need to modify the pose slightly or even that you’re doing it wrong. Yoga wear should allow you freedom of movement without being too baggy, as it could get trapped or become distracting. One of the major benefits of practising yoga is that it allows your mind to completely relax and de-stress, so the last thing that you want to be thinking about is that your clothing has become bunched underneath you, causing discomfort, or that you feel hot and sweaty because you’re wearing the wrong materials.
Look for a suitable yoga vest or t-shirt, which will be made from fabric which will keep you cool and comfortable throughout the session. You can also get short or long yoga pants as you prefer, which will ensure your comfort, as well as looking stylish. In fact, many of our customers find that they love to wear their yoga clothes even when not practising yoga because they feel so comfortable! It is important to stay hydrated during your session so make sure you have a bottle of water to hand. This is even more essential if you are doing ‘hot yoga’ because your body will become dehydrated more quickly. You may also want to have different clothing options for when completing regular or hot yoga, so that you are dressed appropriately for the temperatures.