Yoga has been our go-to for all sorts of problems through the years. It can be very beneficial for the body and can be equally good for the mind too. However, making mistakes while performing yoga could do more harm to the body than good.
Common mistakes while doing yoga could be averted if you are well-informed about it.
Listed below are 10 common mistakes while performing yoga and ways to avoid them:
- Overdoing it: As a beginner, you may think that overdoing yoga could help you in getting results faster. But alas, that isn’t true. Overdoing yoga, right at the beginning could lead to other muscular or joint pains. This is not to say don’t push your limits. But don’t over-exert yourself.
- Controlling breath: A very common mistake that we all make is controlling the breath while focusing on getting the postures right. But know that yoga is all about steadying your breath that helps in free flow of energy. The minute you notice that you have to hold your breath for a pose, it is a sign to stop and relax right away.
- Not using props: When we start with yoga, you must have proper props in place. Whether it is yoga mats or blankets or bolsters- each of them have a purpose and they need to be used efficiently.
- Choosing the right spot: The place you choose for performing yoga is extremely important. A closed room, for example isn’t a great choice. This is because it causes a neck pain or back pain or even breathlessness; hence, opt for clean and open spaces.
- Eating before doing yoga: Though it is true that you must have energy to perform yoga, it doesn’t mean you gobble your carb-rich breakfast right before you hit the class. Eat at least 2.5 hours before your class begins.
- Hurrying through asanas: In a jiffy to learn faster, most of us aim to hit complex poses even before aceing the basic asanas. That is a mistake that most of us do, but it really needs to stop.
- Wearing the wrong clothing: This is a tricky one. You must analyse what suits your body type and the type of yoga you are going to attend. If it is hot yoga, you may need to wear minimal clothing. If it is Ashtanga or Vinayasa yoga, you must wear some extremely comfortable and potentially loose clothes. Improper clothing can make you uncomfortable.
- Inconsistency: Like it is with any practice, yoga needs to be performed consistently for better results.
- Aiming for perfection: Understand that your body will take time to adapt to different asanas. You won’t perfect an asana in a day or two. Give your body and mind some space and time to get to perfection.
- Not relaxing enough: A lot of us finish yoga sessions and immediately shoot to work- but that isn’t a good idea. Shavasana or the corpse pose must be your final posture after each session and make sure to relax well in the position before you hurry through the day!
Aishwarya Iyer is a chai-vanist, Murakami fan, considerate companion and a bubbly speaker with a fanaticism for fitness.