The beauty of yoga is that you can effectively practice it at home. Although, practicing at home brings about comfort, the main drawback with it is that you tend to injure yourself more often. The good news is that you can prevent injuries from occurring by using these simple tips.
Always start small
It’s common to see new yogis practicing advanced poses, which is wrong. To prevent injuries, you should start with simple poses then as you get fit and knowledgeable, progress to the advanced poses. For example, you can start with headstand, shoulder stand or downward facing dog poses then as you get fit, progress to the more complicated poses.
Even Jericho wasn’t constructed in one day; therefore, you should be patient in yoga. With the absence of an instructor, many yogis tend to rush in order to get to the next level. This is wrong.
To be on the safe side, you should ensure that you master every pose before you go to the next. An excellent way of knowing that you have mastered a pose is to perform it before a knowledgeable friend. If possible, you should also perform it before a yoga instructor.
Avoid risky yoga poses
Although, yoga is meant to strengthen the body, you should be cautious when you have a problem. For example, if you have a neck problem, you should stay away from poses such as headstand poses that put plenty of pressure on your neck. If you have a problem, you should modify the pose or do other poses that are less risky.
If you feel that you need to do a risky pose, you should perform it under the supervision of a competent instructor who will guide you on how to perform the pose with minimal risk.
Use the right equipments
Many people practicing at home tend to improvise on the equipment that they use. For example, it’s common to find a yogi using a towel instead of a mat. Although, it’s good to improvise sometimes (in case of insufficient funds), it jeopardizes your safety.
To ensure that you are safe, you should make a little investment in the equipment that you use. For example, you should buy a mat, bolsters, and a yoga blanket. These items help you in executing trickier poses thus preventing injuries from occurring.