Safety Measures During Yoga

Although yoga is a safe and non-aerobic type of exercise, it is not absolutely free from risk. Overstretching and repetition strains are some of the most common yoga injuries treated at emergency rooms.

During a yoga session, you may over-stretch or strain your legs, knees, spine, shoulders or neck, especially if you have high or low blood pressure, severe osteoporosis, spine problems, ear problems, or are pregnant. Here are some of the safety measures you should exercise during yoga:

  • If you have a pre-existing condition or if you are pregnant, do not start a yoga regime before consulting with your doctor. He or she will help you in judging the right type and level of yoga that is safe for you.

  • Khollie Doing Yoga A02Don’t learn yoga on your own. Get instructions from a credentialed and experienced yoga instructor to learn the proper ways of performing yoga exercises. If you do this, you will not end up hurting yourself during your yoga session.

  • Do not treat yoga as a substitute for medicine. Yoga has several health benefits and it can be included as part of certain treatment plans, but it is still necessary to stay in touch with your regular healthcare provider, and not stop the medicines he has prescribed you for your pre-existing condition.

  • Knowing your limits and staying within them is equally important. Before you begin any new yoga exercise, ask yourself whether you can meet up to its physical demands. Talk to your yoga instructor and find out how physically demanding it is.

  • Give yourself enough time to build your stamina. You are not in a competition with others in your yoga class. First, learn the basics like maintaining balance and breathing properly, and then move on to practice more demanding stretches.

  • Warming up properly before every yoga session is very important. Cold muscles have increased chances of having an injury.

  • The clothes that you wear should allow you to move freely.

  • If you have not understood a yoga exercise properly, try to clear your queries before attempting it with half knowledge.

  • It is also important to stay hydrated during a yoga session, especially if you are trying hot yoga, which is practiced in a humid and warm room.

No matter what exercise you are trying, yoga should not hurt. You should stop immediately if you feel pain in any part of your body. Also stop at once if you experience chest pain, overheating, dizziness or faintness.