Yoga through the ages has been more of a way of life than a simple teaching method. With a philosophy strongly centered around your health and well-being, when you fully embrace yoga, you go beyond simple meditation techniques. Without this personal attention, many people can become injured through practicing yoga if they are moving their body or holding a pose with poor alignment every time they take a class. If you try to avoid these common mistakes people make, as described below, you will have a higher chance of staying safe, injury-free and enjoying your yoga practice even more.
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Choosing the Wrong Type of Yoga Class: First focus on what you want and where you are at in your life (age, lifestyle, what you are looking for, and what you feel you need). For example: If your intention goes mostly towards fitness, if you want to strengthen your body and have more flexibility, perhaps you should look into Vinyasa Flow, Power or Hot Yoga. If you are recovering from an injury, make sure you talk about it with your instructor before practicing, and that the teacher has the knowledge and experience required in meeting your needs.
Forgetting About your Breath: Awareness of the breath keeps you safe. Observe how your breath reacts to your movements. If your breathing strains you are pushing yourself too far. Focusing on the breath in yoga has many benefits. It keeps the mind alert and present, since the breath is always happening “now”. When breath and movement synchronize the magic in yoga begins. The mind becomes quiet and we experience peace.
Overdoing it: In yoga, it is recommended that you move into each pose slowly, smoothly and mindfully, with no force and no great effort. Use the breath to guide you, and when your body is ready to move deeper into a pose, use the exhale as you slowly begin to soften the muscles and deepen.
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