Yoga is one of the best and most popular types of exercise that you can do. It’s so good for your health that many people who are practising higher impact sports like running and cycling use yoga as a way of conditioning their bodies to prevent injuries. However, despite its reputation as a low impact activity, it is entirely possible to injure yourself while practising yoga.
One factor that can make a massive difference to the chance of an injury while doing yoga is the temperature of the room you are in. Now, this makes a lot of sense because some people do Bikram yoga in a place that is deliberately heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes the muscles more supple and helps to expel toxins faster. Therefore, if heat can do this, it follows that practising in a cold space like an old cavernous community hall could do the opposite.
Of course, you will find that many classes are in such spaces, and therefore it will be up to you to take precautions against the cold. These may include wearing layers of clothes so you can remove them as your body warms us and add them as you cool down again. You can also use things like grippy socks and gloves to ensure that your extremities stay as warmed up as possible, without it interfering with your safety or form of your poses.
One of the best things about yoga is that practically anyone can do it, as long as they have had the go-ahead from the doctor. The reason for this is because there’s so much equipment that can be used to modify difficult poses while maintaining the correct posture.
However, it is essential to note that you will need to invest in the right equipment. In particular, it is worth comparing the different yoga mats that are on offer before making your purchase. This is because the right mat can help you stay comfortable and stable from the ground up. Something that is pretty vital if you want to practice yoga without being at risk of an injury.
Overextending your body past the point of what it can achieve is the next issue that regularly causes injuries in yoga. The problem here is two-fold, in that many people are so unused to mindfully inhabiting their physical sleeves that they cannot tell the difference between good pain where you push the body, and severe pain where it’s causing an injury.
Trying too hard can cause injury in yoga.
The additional issue here is that many folks also see yoga as a competitive sport, in that they want to be more flexible than the person on the mat next to them.
Of course, both issues should be resolved by becoming established in your practice, because yoga will teach awareness of the body, and that you compete without no one but yourself. However, it is good for new practitioners to be aware of these issues and for their teachers to remind them regularly if injuries are to minimised. Yoga is one of the most beneficial practices for enhancing your health. Image: Unsplash. Contributed Content.