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Staying Safe as a Yoga Beginner

Whether you’re looking to improve flexibility and core strength, tone some long-forgotten muscles, treat a chronic disease or psychological ailment, or reach a deeper sense of spiritual fulfillment, the practice of yoga can be of immense benefit. Scientific studies and the sworn testimonials of millions alike attest to the health-improving powers of this ancient discipline in all its dimensions.

With such positive press and word-of-mouth, it is no surprise that the number of yoga devotees is on the rise every day throughout the U.S. and across the globe. Unfortunately, accompanying this boom in popularity is a steady rise in the number of reported injuries related to its more strenuous physical aspects.

Any challenging bodily activity can result in an accident, and the multitude of stretches, poses, and motions unique to yoga are no exception. There are several steps you should take if you are interested in exploring all that this discipline has to offer to best ensure personal safety.

First and foremost, find a qualified, experienced instructor in your area. Unlike picking up a guitar or needle and thread, or opening a cookbook, yoga is not something that lends itself well to learning on the fly. The sound advice and guidance of a teacher is the first line of defense for beginners against excessive strain. (Note: as tempted as you might be by the lure of economy, the internet does not count as a qualified instructor.)

No single body currently exists that overseas the safety training or certification of yoga teachers, so doing your homework here is important. Most urban areas will have a number of options, including many large gyms or recreation centers. However, investing in the more individual attention of smaller studios for at least a few sessions is probably a good idea if you can possibly afford it.

Within a class itself, there are personal measures you take to help guarantee an injury-free session. Adjust yourself to the idea of progressing slowly. Any good instructor will emphasize this idea, but it bears repeating: too often in a new activity, we let our eagerness and over-excitement get the best of us. There is no quicker way to burn out on something like yoga than to push oneself too hard too fast and end up injured.

Related to this point is the notion of competition. The compulsion to get things “right” can be incredibly hard for us to let go of, especially as extremely self-conscious newcomers in a class. However, as a teacher is again likely to remind you, one of the fundamental aspects of yoga is non-competition. Obsessing about how fast your teacher is moving or stealing glances at your neighbor is not only counterproductive to the peaceful mindset yoga seeks to foster, but can also cause you to hurt yourself in the process.

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