Safety Precautions You Should Consider When Performing Yoga

Mar 05

Do you need to observe any safety precautions when practicing yoga? Yes, you do. Yoga, like any other sport, has various risks that can easily lead to injury. When precaution is not observed, there are increased chances that you will be visiting a clinic with a yoga related injury.

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, 5,500 people reported yoga injuries in the year 2007 alone. This figure is similar in magnitude to the number of injuries reported in many other sports. Likewise, all physical activities, both indoor and outdoor carry a certain degree of risk.

Although yoga may be safer than most of the other intense sports, there still needs to be a certain level of precaution during practice. Here are a few precautions you should always bear in mind during a yoga class.

Consult Your Doctor

If you have had a medical history that may be cause for concern, it is wise to consult your doctor before proceeding any further. This could be on past injuries, ongoing medical cases, or other issues like pregnancy.

Women who are menstrating need to be careful not to strain their abdomen either by stretching or contracting too much. Any condition that may be adversely affected by doing exercises should be brought to the doctor’s attention.

Approach Any Training with a Learner’s Mind

Even if you have been involved in other sports such as body building, attend your initial yoga classes with a beginner’s mind. There is always a challenging aspect of anything new that you start with. Starting with beginner classes will help you gain comfort in various aspects of yoga.

Build yourself a good foundation on what is expected of you before trying the harder classes. If a class does not offer a foundational class, it doesn’t hurt to look around.

Train with a Qualified Instructor

With the increased number of yoga trainers in the country and around the world, it is wise to consider the qualifications of any yoga teacher. It is not uncommon for someone to decide to open a yoga class and make some money from this new trend.

However, having certification as a yoga tutor is key to ensuring that every practitioner stays safe during exercise. Insist on knowing the background, qualification, experience, approach, and style of your tutor. Not every style or class will fit every person. A factor like age largely determines who you choose to be your yoga instructor.

Consider Your Body’s Response

The most important thing to consider is how your body responds to the exercises. Ensure that you go only as far as your body can accommodate. Overstraining or stretching yourself too far is a recipe for injury.

That is also why it is wise to not get carried away by what other people are doing. Doing a pose just because everyone else is doing it is taking unnecessary risk. Getting to understand your body and staying in sync with it is a key principle in yoga. Pain, injury, and meditation cannot work together.

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How To Stay Away From Foods That Do Not Serve Your Fitness Goals

Sep 15

My relationship with food has not always been a healthy one. But as I have grown older (and hopefully wiser) I try to learn from my mistakes. Some of you might relate.

We like to postpone the beginning of our quests to a healthier lifestyle by saying things like: “I will just start over on Monday”, “On the first of next month”, “starting with the New Year.” But why don’t we rather lean on someone else to hold us accountable. Share your fitness goals with your partner, family, friends … you might be surprised at the support you get in return. They might even want to join in. I often find tasks to be more fulfilling when you have a friend to share them with. You could even find a friend through social media, where you can connect and support each other.

Nix the foods that don’t serve your goals. Out of sight, out of mind they say, so something must be up. How likely would you walk or drive to the store just to get a bar of chocolate or a gelato on a warm summer day? If you ultimately decide you do want to go, I suggest picking a greener option – walking, (or an alternative version to it – biking, rollerblading…) and that way you’ll burn the calories off anyways. Make a date out of your sweet outing, tell your friends to join you.

Substitute your sinful habits with healthier options. You might love a hearty granola bowl in the morning. Make sure you’re granola is not hiding too much sugar in it. And try substituting some of it with unsweetened coconut chips or dried fruits. I gradually made my morning routine healthier by substituted milk for a scoop of greek yogurt, granola for coconut chips, added some fresh fruit, and seeds to the mix, sprinkled it all with powdered stevia and now I like it even better then I did the old version. I also switched from drinking my tea sweetened with honey to either agave syrup or stevia. Experiment. And if the thought of it sound daunting let us know below, so we can help you out…

Always have your water bottle nearby and filled with healthy liquids. A lot of times when we feel hunger it is actually thirst. If water is not your thing, then mix in some fresh fruits, lemons, raspberries, peaches, oranges, mint, or whatever you have at home. These practical infuser bottles are an easy way to add natural fruit flavors to your drinking water.  Whatever your preference in beverages is, just make sure there are no artificial sugars added, those would make you crash quicker and therefore make you crave sweeter foods at your next meal.

Commit a good 10 plus minutes to working out every day; it tends to speed up your metabolism, making you feel lighter and more capable of achieving whatever goals you set for that day. A study from the Oxford University has shown that people who practice yoga once a week

– have less stress

– have lower blood pressure

– sleep better at night


Set a time for it and treat it like it is a business meeting (as it, after all, is a meeting with yourself). I promise you that you’ll be happy with the results. Find rituals that work best for you and use them to your advantage.

Those tips helped me establish a healthier and happier life and I’m looking forward to hearing your tips on doing the same, maybe you have an inspirational story you’d like to share with us, too. Please write it below, we’d love to hear from you.

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