Yoga Injuries

Just like with any other exercise or fitness regime there is a chance of suffering an injury when you practice. Usually these injuries stem from a lack of knowledge either on the part of the teacher or on behalf of the student. While it is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure that all the students within the class aren’t at risk of suffering an injury they can only do so much.

If a student isn’t clear about the instructions, perhaps because they weren’t paying attention then they can bring an injury on themselves. It’s also a possibility that a student could simply be pushing themselves too hard. It’s fairly common for a person to begin (or return to) a yoga practice thinking they can already do all the poses and don’t need any help or instruction. This kind of thinking or showing off can lead a student into attempting a pose or a variation of a pose that their body simply isn’t ready to handle yet which prevents a very real risk for injury.

Another thing to watch out for is faulty equipment such as bands or blocks that may not be in the best of shape. If a student was to slip or fall out of a pose due to such equipment they could cause injury not only to themselves but to the other students in the class as well. This is why it’s so important for yoga studios to be sure that all the equipment they have provided for use is in good shape and suitable for use and that anything that’s brought into class by a student is also in good condition. Many studios also find it helpful to have students sign a release form before practicing that releases the studio of any liability of injury.

Students should also be properly dressed and ready for class as this can also contribute to injuries. Clothing that is too loose or drags, certain forms of jewelry, yoga mats that aren’t up to standard, wearing socks or shoes while practicing in class, or even having items that aren’t properly stowed during class can be a hazard. If you wear clothing that hangs around you it can easily get twisted around you and trip you or if it drags far behind you it could even trip someone else. Shoes, water bottles, extra towels, and other such items that aren’t properly stored during class can be a safety issue for others and should always be put in an out of the way place to avoid injury.

Its also important to be aware of any special instructions the teacher has given, whether it’s for the whole class or for a specific pose, it’s still wise to be clear on all instruction given so that you can be aware of any special challenges or health issues you might have that might make a pose difficult for you. Paying careful attention to such instruction might make you aware of a pose that’s too difficult for you or that isn’t advised for a certain condition you have.

Remember to be aware of even minor health problems that can be aggravated during a yoga class as well. Arthritis may not be considered a critical injury like breaking an ankle  is but it and other such conditions should be taken into thought when practicing yoga and an awareness of these conditions and what poses affect them in what way can make a big difference in the level of benefit and enjoyment you receive from your yoga class.