Are You Making These Yoga Mistakes?
By Sara Butler
Yoga is a great form of exercise. It’s low-impact but effective, helping you to increase your range of motion and build strength in your core muscles. It can be done by people of all skill and fitness levels, plus it’s adjustable, adaptable, and modifiable. But there are a few mistakes you may be making that won’t help you to get all you can from yoga practice for your health and wellness. Here are a few common mistakes to be on the lookout for!
Not Using Props
You can often add blocks, wheels, or straps to your yoga practice to enhance it, but people mistake them as a sign of weakness. These props aren’t a sign you’re failing, they’re just a way for you to tailor your pose to your specific needs. They’re helpful for all levels of yoga practitioners. If you think props will help you, then let your instructor know and they can show you how to incorporate them effectively.
The Quality of Your Mat Matters
You need a comfortable, non-slip mat for your yoga practice to flow as it should. If you have a cheap mat that bunches, slides, or moves, then it’s dangerous and distracting. Make sure to purchase a high-quality mat; if you’re unsure which one to get, talk to your instructor for suggestions!
Use a Towel
If you like hot yoga, then you need to make sure a towel is a part of your practice. You should buy a mat-towel to drape over your yoga mat to help keep you safe and in the yoga zone. Your mat shouldn’t be a sweaty slip-n-slide.
Don’t Hold Your Breath
Breathing is essential to proper yoga practice. If you’re holding your breath, then you’re essentially missing out on half of the exercise. You need to be able to use your breath as a gauge for how far and how intense you can move into a pose. Without it, there’s no way to know if you’ve gone too far, making the risk of injury higher. So, listen to your instructor for cues on your poses and your breath -- and follow them!
Don’t Skip Savasana
Simply put: Don’t leave early. When you skip the savasana, you’re distracting the other students and skipping an important part of yoga that helps to keep you centered before you head back out into the hectic world. Stay!
Yoga is a great way to get fit, so don't make these mistakes to get the most out of it!
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