Yoga is a 5000 years old science of complete health and wellness. The philosophy originated in the Indian subcontinent and has spread out to each and every corner of the world. Yoga is a practice of the body, mind as well as the soul. While Yoga is spiritual with mantras, it is a physical exercise in the form of asanas. Since physical workouts include your body parts, injuries are always on the card if not taken proper care. Many people, who are not aware of the ways to avoid injuries, get wounded. Thus, Yoga asanas require to be practiced with the utmost caution, especially until you become a perfect practitioner.
Here is a set of tips and pieces of suggestions that one should follow to prevent an injury while practicing Yoga asanas.
1. Be mindful and Listen to the body
While practicing Yoga, it is very important to listen to what your body has to say. Since your fitness is wholly dependent on the smooth practice of asanas, you need to take proper care of the body. It is advised to be mindful during the practice session. The process of being careful should start from the very beginning of the session. Many Yoga teachers suggest a couple of minutes of Meditation before one get into the practice of asanas. Make up your mind about what you are going to practice that day and prepare yourself accordingly. This way, you will be able to remain calm during the practice and care more about the body and its health. Do not force the body to engage in tough asanas.
2. Do not hesitate to consult your teacher
In a Yoga class, you should always consult your teacher. As soon as you enter the class, contact your trainer and ask him/her about today’s schedule. In between the class, if you feel any form of mental and physical problems, take no time to reach out to the teacher. Teachers are the guiding light on the path of life. Especially in Yoga, teachers’ importance becomes multifold. Instructors have the solution to every issue that a student faces while practicing Yoga. It is a wise decision to keep interacting with the Yoga teachers, since they are highly experienced in the field. They will not only suggest you ways to make the practice safer but also tell you about the art of using props and modifications.
3. Follow proper Adjustment and Alignment
Adjustment and Alignment is a very important part of Yoga. Although the technique is taught during Yoga teacher training courses, it can be learnt quite easily online also. In many Yoga studios, trainers make students aware of alignment theories so that they can practice various asanas with perfection. It is very common to see people struggling with their body alignment during Yoga exercise. In that scenario, consult the teacher and ask him/her for support. Every Yoga pose has a different way of practice and you must follow the steps carefully. For example, in the practice of Natarajasana, the foot, on which the body stands, should be at the center of gravity. In case of unfair distribution of the body weight, you are prone to an injury.
4. Practice being moderate until attaining confidence
If you are new to the Yoga world, practice with utmost care. Your first intention should be to master the basic asanas. Many Yoga practitioners get injured at the very beginning of their Yoga career. In Yoga, enthusiasm should be controlled. One must embrace patience. Even if the person beside you is doing an advanced asana, you should stick to your normal exercise before becoming a master in the field. Do not copy others and do your own pose. Basic Yoga poses consist of Parvatasana, Tadasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, etc. Also, in the beginning, you should focus on balancing your body, which is extremely important. Work on confidence boosting with regular practice. In addition, you can take help of your family members to gain confidence in the practice.
5. Extend your limits slowly
There is a limit to everything, especially in Yoga. You must not cross a certain line carelessly. There are many Yoga poses that require you to stretch the body to a good extent. You should have control at the stretching limit. Leaving your ego is of extreme importance in Yoga. Remember, Yoga is unique for everybody and what suits your neighbor may not suit you. While extending the body in Dhanurasana or Ustrasana, if you are not comfortable after a certain limit, leave it for the day. Yoga is a celebration of what the body can do and not a punishment for what you cannot do. Slowly and gradually, you will attain perfection. But for that, you need to engage in a safer and mindful practice.