Yoga: Risks, Safety, Precautions, Advice

Whether Yoga is risky?

Yes, practicing of Yoga is risky. There are various types of yoga poses. Some yoga practices are simple and easy to perform. But there are many yoga poses, which are advanced like Headstand Yoga pose, Shoulder stand Yoga, Lord of the Dance pose, Peacock pose, Mermaid pose, Monkey pose, etc., which need to be perform with care and of course before the presence of Yoga instructor.  As such, there is no risk of yoga but practicing the advanced yoga, one can experienced the following injuries.

  • Sprain
  • Strains
  • Forceful breathing can increase blood pressure, acidity
  • Fractured bones
  • Ulcer
  • Hernia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Cardiac issues
  • Chronic osteoporosis
  • Spine problems
  • Pregnancy
  • Ear problems and other chronic conditions.
  • Abdominal inflammation
  • Vertigo
Yoga: Risks, Safety, Precautions, Advice
Yoga safety

Yoga safety to prevent injuries

Yoga safety measures should be taken more or less in case of all the health conditions and diseases. There are some safety yoga tips so that injuries can be reduced.

  • While practicing yoga, attention should be on your body.
  • One shouldn’t give strain to one’s body during practice.
  • It shouldn’t be taken as part of competition.
  • Do yoga in the presence of a yoga teacher.
  • Body alignment should be the top priority.
  • Breathing pattern should be followed.

 Yoga advices

  • Before practicing Yoga, the body, mind and the surrounding should be cleaned.
  • Better to practice yoga on an empty stomach.
  • To calm the body and mind initially, practice yoga with prayer.
  • Perform yoga in calm environment with breath awareness.
  • Loosening exercises should be proceed before yogasana 
  • Do simple postures initially followed by advanced one.
  • One should be hydrated before going to the practices.
  • Cotton and light clothes should be used for easy movement of the body.
  • Ventilation is one of the key factors. Relaxation should be done after completing the yoga session. 
  • Holding of breath is not recommended in the yoga session unless and until it is asked to do so.
  • Mouth breathing is not recommended. One should perform yoga as per one’s capacity.
  • While practicing the yoga poses, one should also keep the limitations and contraindications of its in mind.

Yoga precautions during yoga practice

  • Yoga poses shouldn’t be performed in a condition of hurry and during stress.
  • During menstrual cycle, women shouldn’t practice it. However, they should be focus upon breathing exercises.
  • It should be performed after 4 hours of taking meal.
  • At least, there should be a gap of 20-30 minutes of taking water or food after doing yoga.
  • It shouldn’t be practiced during illness, surgeries and fractures. Better to start the session after the consultation of a Yoga expert/doctor. 
  • Avoid doing tough and heavy exercises after the yoga module.
  • Yoga shouldn’t be practice during adverse conditions such as too hot or too cold.
  • For those who are having some health issues, it is better to consult a physician before practicing yoga.

What are the Yoga Contraindications?

  • Tadasana shouldn’t be avoided during cardiac problems.
  • Trikonasana should be avoided in acute backache.
  • Skip doing Padmasana in case of arthritis.
  • Persons who are having high blood pressure, heart disease, and cervical spondylitis shouldn’t perform Sirsasana.
  • Gomukhasana may be skipped in piles and arthritis.
  • Ardhamatsyendrasana shows contradictory effects in case of stiff spine, pregnancy and backache.
  • Pascimottanasana is not good in case of abdominal ulcers.
  • Ustrasana may be avoided during hernia.
  • Kunjal should be avoided by the patients of heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • No Jalabasti (Yogic enema with water) in case of rectal bleeding.
  • No Sutraneti (nasal cleansing with thread) during nose bleeding. 
  • In case of acute breathing conditions, Pranayama should be avoided.

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