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Why Participants Get Hurt Practicing Yoga & Ways to Avoid Injuries

Updated: Apr 4

Hi Guys, ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿฝ


As this month brings us International World health day (April 7th), it seemed appropriate to discuss a few reasons why participants get hurt during yoga practice ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ and how to avoid injuries.


When I discovered the benefits of yoga, I felt as if I could do anything! I practiced often, but every once in a while I would push myself into an injury, or exacerbate old ones. And believe me, I had old injuries. But I couldn't understand why I was injured if yoga was so gentle. ๐Ÿ˜• Yoga brings relief from a host of problems, right? I laugh now as I think back to those early years. ๐Ÿ˜… What I didn't realize was that I understood and paid more attention to volleyball and Kung fu more than to my body.


Yoga calls for a listening to, feeling, and a comprehension of my breath and body. Yoga calls for my focused attention ๐Ÿ˜Œ to me from the inside out - mind, spirit, breath, body in one accord. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ


Injuries can be caused by a variety of things and in a number of ways. In no particular order, here is a short list:

  • Not warming up before class

  • Unawareness of one's own body

  • Pushing beyond one's capabilities too soon and too early

  • Ignoring warning signs of pain or injury

  • Not listening to, or forgetting instructor's advice

  • Infrequent or sporadic practice

  • Returning to practice too soon after an injury


So, how can you avoid injury during your practice?


  • Step onto your sacred mat with the right mindset, ready for yoga

  • Breathe: inhale and exhale deeply end with intention

  • Do a gentle warm up when practicing on your own. When in class your instructor should also do a warm up

๐Ÿ“ I often did, and sill do my own warm-

ups before classes - even as an

instructor.

  • Be aware of any injuries you already have.

  • Only do movements wherein you can avoid exacerbating your injuries

  • Accept that every movem