Practicing the art of yoga can be very healthy and fulfilling. It has many health aspects and benefits. It can improve muscle strength. It can help you to lose weight. It can help you to rid your body of toxins and keep your organs functioning properly. It can help with mental issues such as anxiety and depression. It can be used to help you to relax and to alleviate stress.
Yoga will also help you to lower your blood pressure by teaching you how to breathe properly and to calm yourself down during times when your blood pressure may become elevated. However, as with any exercise program there are also risks involved with it. When you are a student of yoga there are special precautions that you need to take just as you would if you were playing a sport or doing a high-impact cardio program.
You do not want to injure yourself practicing this form of exercise. That is why you need to exhibit various methods of yoga student safety, whether you're practicing yoga at home or in a studio.
Implementing different safety methods while learning this type of exercise is very important. The last thing that you want to do is injure yourself. If you are not careful, you could pull a muscle. A person could also tear a ligament or pull their hamstring. An injury could prevent you from practicing for a period of time. If the injury is severe enough you could not return to class for an extended amount of time. If you have improper balance, you could fall and break a bone. Even worse, a serious yoga injury could result in surgery.
There are many things that you can do to maintain safety while practicing yoga. Make sure you wear the appropriate type of clothing and footwear. The clothing should not fit too tightly nor should it fit too loosely, either. Sweatpants or loose-fitting exercise pants are best along with a comfortable t-shirt or tank top.
For women, a good sports bra that fits well is important. However, it should be comfortable and not fit too tightly. It is not recommended that you wear athletic shoes or socks. Yoga is traditionally practiced barefoot because there is less risk of slipping and falling.
There are special sandals and shoes that are on the market for purchase but they are not necessary, and are more of a fashion trend than anything else.
It is important to do some sort of warm up exercises before you begin a yoga session. Marching in place and doing some mild exercises will help prevent cramping and injury. This gets the blood pumping and prepares the heart for the exertion and strenuous positioning that is involved with the poses.
Warm up exercises will also help to get the muscles warmed up so that you are not as stiff and will be flexible as you go through the different stretching and poses. Bring a mat or a towel to class. This will help to cushion your body and to relieve pressure on your joints. This is especially helpful when you are in positions on your knees.
Also, during the meditation phase it will help to provide some protection between your back and the floor or ground. Yoga should be fun, relaxing and fulfilling without the worry of a risk of injury.