In our last blog, we talked about a few ways that you can prevent injury while practicing yoga. Because we have seen it all, we would like to give you some more tips you can practice so that you can be on top of your game instead of cooped up on your bed because of an injury.
Careful with those hammies
Hamstrings – that pesky muscle in the back of your thigh, near your butt. This muscle is one of the most common muscle pulls that any athlete can get. Ironically, in yoga, you can get these because you are being mindful of your back. When you go too deeply into a bend, your hamstrings can get pulled so we recommend that you pull back a little. You don’t need to touch your nose to your knee.
Strengthen the wrists
Doing poses like the downward dog can really put a strain on your wrists especially if you are new and haven’t worked out the wrist in some time, if ever. It is important that you are bearing the weight on the right part of your hand. Make sure to sprawl your fingers and press into the mat with both the index finger and heel of your hand.
These can be scary and they take forever to heal. It is important to never put too much weight on the neck and don’t fling your neck back too far in poses like upward dog and camel. You can try putting more weight onto your arms instead of using your neck.
One of the best things about yoga is that is has an extremely low injury rate. It has been compared to the the injury rate of gardening! One of the best things that you can do for your body is to participate in the correct level for your experience and strength and don’t try to be too good too quick. Wilmington Yoga Center has a class for everyone. Check out our schedule today.