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5 Tips for Yoga Injury Prevention

May 21, 2021 2 min read

Doing yoga is great for building strength, flexibility, and balance. It helps you strengthen your body against injury when engaging in all kinds of physical activities.

But it’s possible to push yourself too far during your yoga practice as well. Listening to your body is essential to prevent and avoid injuries. Here are some tips to reduce your risk of injury during your practice.

1) Resist Overexerting Yourself

Overexerting yourself is a common culprit when it comes to injuries. Avoid pushing yourself into a shape your body doesn’t want to go into. If your body is not ready for a pose, you can pause where you feel comfortable.

Yoga is about presence and awareness of how it feels to be in your body. You should feel a nice stretch in many of your yoga poses, but never discomfort or pain.

5 Tips for Yoga Injury Prevention

2) Modifications Are Your Friend

Yoga practice involves meeting your body and yourself where you are, at that moment. If a pose is too difficult, try a modification. Resist the urge to think that modifications mean you’re not doing it right! Whether you’re experiencing knee pain, upper body pain, or lower back pain — there’s always a modification.

3) Take It Slow

If a sequence is moving too fast, slow it down and move at your own pace. And when you need it, take a child’s pose and reconnect with your breath.

Remember that it’s okay to skip a pose that’s too challenging. Only you know what’s best for your body. As long as you are connected to your breath, you are doing yoga.

Using Props to Prevent Injury in Yoga

4) Use Props

Yoga props are great, not just for getting a deeper stretch, but for assisting with modifications as well. Don’t shy away from blocks, straps and blankets!

Blankets are fantastic for supporting your knees. Straps help you ease into a stretch. And blocks are perfect for building stability in your yoga practice.

5) Find a Qualified Teacher

Maintaining proper posture is also key to avoid hurting yourself. That’s where a yoga teacher comes in. Qualified yoga teachers need to complete a certain amount of training hours to receive their qualifications.

A trained yoga teacher will have knowledge on injury prevention and the proper way to do poses. They will also have appropriate modifications for your level of flexibility.

Yoga is a great practice to help you gain the flexibility and strength to prevent future injuries, but it’s essential to work with your body, not against it.

Mila MeldosianBy Mila Meldosian; All Rights Reserved @2021

Mila MeldosianBy Mila Meldosian; All Rights Reserved @2021