6 Tips For an Injury Free Yoga Class
Is yoga really a dangerous practice? A recent article in The New York Times, discussed an overwhelming phenomenon happening with yoga related injuries, ranging from degenerative disorders of the shoulders and hips, to headaches, neck and spine injuries, and even strokes. Can this be true?
As with any type of physical practice, whether it be CrossFit, weightlifting or kettlebell training, it is always important to be safe and smart. The practice of yoga when done correctly under an experienced teacher, has also been used for many years to successfully treat and rehabilitate many musculoskeletal issues, shoulder and spinal injuries, back pain, sciatica, and pregnancy induced conditions. Follow these 6 easy tips for an injury free yoga practice.
1. Set Yourself Up for Success
Stock up on the essential props you would need for a class. While most yoga studios have props and supplies on hand, it is best if you have your own. Get a great mat that works for your style of practice and your body. You might also want to get a set of blocks, a strap, and a blanket. Be sure to start with a series of yoga classes that specifically address beginners needs.
2. Listen to your Body
Finding a yoga teacher that is experienced and qualified is just a click away. Yoga Alliance provides an online National Yoga Teachers' Registry that lists teachers that meets minimum training standards. If you have existing injuries or other limitations discuss these with the teacher before the start of class.
6. Poses to Avoid