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Safety Tips to Avoid Yoga-related Injury

Moderation is key to avoiding yoga-related injury when bending and stretching

 

Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India, that involves a series of stretching, posing and breathing exercises. When done correctly and in moderation, yoga can provide excellent conditioning and exercise; reduce stress; maintain joint and musculoskeletal health; and in some individuals, relieve joint or muscle pain.

However, some of the more strenuous and complicated poses can cause injury to the neck, shoulders, lower back or knees. Individuals with severe osteoporosis, high or low blood pressure, inner ear problems, known degenerative problems, or pregnancy, are at greater risk for injury.

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