Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Staying Safe on the Mat

Like any fitness regimen, you should take caution and perform yoga in moderation, paying attention to your individual needs. Besides, injuries take the fun out of any activity.

Here are some basic tips for staying safe on the mat:
  • Speak to your doctor before participating in yoga.
  • Warm up! Cold muscles, tendons and ligaments are vulnerable to injury.
  • Wear clothes that allow proper movement, good fit is a must. Check out this list of clothing suggestions.
  • Do your homework! Your first classes will be easier if you watch a video beforehand or study the poses available at Yoga Journal.
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after class.
  • Leave your ambition at the door. Yoga is a practice that will keep you interested and challenged for a lifetime. There’s no need to achieve – or even try - everything the first day, week, month, or year.
  • Ask for assistance; If you’re unsure whether a pose or movement is right for you, ask the teacher for help.
  • If your instructor does hands on adjustment, give them feedback. Let them know whether you prefer gentle or strong adjustments; If you prefer not to be adjusted, let the teacher know before class.
The rewards of yoga outweigh any potential risks, but we encourage everyone to carry-out a safe practice to maximize your yoga journey.

1 comment:

penguinasana said...

To add a very important point--be true to yourself! Many times our brain wants to push it when our body is saying "no." Never feel like you "have" to do a pose or the full version of the pose just because that's what the class is doing. There's always a way to modify--and taking a breather in child's pose is always a valid option.