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Yoga Safety Tips

Updated on March 22, 2016
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Shannah is a qualified Yoga Teacher in Ireland, Creating blogs to help deepen your own yoga practice with tips and advice

Tip 1: Be Patient

In your Yoga Practice, it might sometimes be tempting to go further in your practice then that your body is used to or ready for.

It's good to go deep in your Practice, But Always listen to your body, and know your limits. In time your body will slowly go deeper in poses when it is ready, and forcing that process could cause injuries.

When People start of, they would often quickly want to try to touch there toes or go really far in poses. people allot of the time would compare themselves to the person next to them, (why can they go deeper in that pose? Why does it look more graceful when they attempt the pose? etc.

Its normal to get allot of thoughts like that but just remember, your yoga practice is for YOU. And focusing on just you, slowly getting deeper in poses, syncing your breaths with your positions. then you will have a true yoga class that your body and mind will thank you for.

Tip 2: Knee Safety

In your standing Yoga positions, Its important to always have your knees micro bend.

Meaning not to lock your knees back. Slightly Micro bending them that they will be in a relaxed natural position.

In Yoga positions when the knees are locked back it could cause injuries to the knee.

Tip 3: Health Modifications

Always Knowing your modifications, when suffering from high or low blood pressure, when being pregnant or having any injuries.


High blood Pressure:

Always avoiding the inversions, Example: Headstand, Shoulder Stand, Always ask for the modification in those poses and if not available skipping the pose as its not recommended for your health.

Number 1 thing to remember when having high blood pressure: keep your head above your heart, as putting your head too far down in forward folds etc. causes the blood to flow too much to your head, having an increased demand for oxygen by muscle cell causing either dizziness and a thumping feeling in your head when coming up from yoga positions.


Pregnancy:

With pregnancy keeping your head above your heart, not below your heart.

in standing positions (example: forward fold) keeping your feet hip distance apart to give your stomach enough room.

In Shavasana (ending rest pose) compliantly lying flat on your back is not advised. Instead having a cushion under your hips or under your head.

Or very recommended is lying on your side and using a bolster cushion in-between your legs. But most importantly keeping yourself comfortable during your yoga practice and your baby will be comfortable too.


Injuries:

Always consulting your doctor first, as sometimes yoga is healthy to help minor injuries but knowing when not to exercise through heavy injuries.

After recoveries slowly building up with modifications in positions to build up your muscles strength. Not going too far at the start to make sure you don't over stretch with recovery and re-injure yourself.


Tip to prevent injuries

Making sure the room for your yoga practice is warm, a cold room will cause your muscles to naturally cramp up & could cause injuries.

Tip 4: Warm Up

Just like any other practice or fitness, always warming up before starting in your deeper practice. Giving your self 5-7 minutes warming up:

Start with your neck, having simple exercises to warm up your hands and feet (example: rotating/ flexing & extending. Bharadvaja's twists are good for warming up. Not forgetting to warm up your spine, a good exercise for that is: cat & cow pose. Forward folds are good to add to the end of your warmup, but always remember it's still a warmup so slowly going into your forward folds and not going too deep.

Finishing this Hub with some inspiration quotes, enjoy your yoga journey, And stay safe in your practice. Namaste!

Yoga is not about Self-Improvement, It's about Self-Acceptance

— Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.

— B.K.S Iyengar

© 2016 Shannah Gordon

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