Several years of yoga practice may lead to consistent over-stretching and misalignment of muscles, which can be the leading cause of most yoga injuries.
The main objective of yoga is to provide exercise as well as relaxation to the body and mind. It is also believed that practicing yoga on a regular basis can keep diseases and illnesses at bay, while keeping you healthy and happy. The bodily health is maintained because the exercises incorporated in yoga practice challenge several body parts, and make them stronger.
However, if the poses are done incorrectly or with excessive force and stretching, it may affect your body adversely. Although serious injuries are rare in yoga, there are certain common injuries that cause pain, and also, at times, need medical help. The most common injury-prone areas are the wrists, knees, shoulders, and the lower back. Twists, sprains, and strains commonly occur in these areas, which may cause mild to severe pain.
Basically, yoga is not something that can be learn on your own by just watching someone. There has to be a well-qualified, professional ‘guru’ to take up your yoga sessions efficiently. While looking for a yoga teacher, make it a point to inquire about their qualifications, and if they have a government certification.
It is important to get your thoughts clear beforehand – are you willing to practice yoga for your own good or to prove yourself better than your fellow mates. This is because sometimes our mind wants our body to stretch beyond the limits in order to be superior. You may feel an urge to compete with other people in the studio and force your body to stretch … stretch … and stretch more. However, this excessive stretching does no good to your body, and instead may leave you with an injury. Hence, avoid comparison with yourself or others in your yoga class.
When you attempt something like yoga or other normal exercises, the organs, especially the heart, forces itself to work more by increasing the blood flow. This sudden increase in the blood flow may prove extremely harmful to the body. Hence, to avoid a sudden increase in the blood flow, a quick warm-up session is essential. It warms up cold muscles, tendons, and ligaments, which, when cold, are prone to injury. It also increases the blood flow to the muscles, and lubricates the joints while preparing the body for complicated yoga postures.
Listening to your body is a must while participating in yoga practice. The body always indicates whether it is feeling comfortable or not, in a particular posture. If you don’t listen to your body and go on holding the pose, it may cause pain or even tear a ligament. Therefore, pay attention to your body, and if while performing a pose you experience pain that is more than normal, release the pose immediately. If you experience difficulty while getting into a pose, try modifications or use certain props, like blocks, for support.