Building A Good Practice

 

Building A Good Practice

By: Janelle Faison

 

Proper alignment in poses is key, but it’s not the only factor in a safe yoga practice. As caring instructors, we will guide you and offer modifications (if necessary). However, following these basic tips: 

Tip #1: There is no rush. It can be tempting to jump into more advanced poses, but pushing your body before its ready will result in an injury.  The mind may play tricks on you by telling you to jump into a handstand but the body says a different story. Take it easy, gradually work into advanced poses. With dedication, care and proper breathing your body will flawlessly transition into the next level when it’s ready. You cannot win Yoga!

Tip #2:  Warming up the body is an important component for any physical activity. At Namaste Flow Yoga, you can rest knowing that the instructor will guide you through postures to help prepare the body for more challenging ones.

Tip #3: Communicate with your instructor. If you tweak, pull or tear something during your daily routine, tell your instructor. If you choose to practice, care for that area like any other sports injury, and seek a professional opinion if the pain persists. If there’s tightness somewhere in the body, other parts of the body will have to accommodate it, this is why it’s so important not to push the body past what it’s able to do on a given day.  Props and modifications allow the body to get a feel for a pose and gradually work up to its full variation without injury.

Tip #4: Never lock your joints. Hyper-extension (locking) is a definite way to wear out joints and cause injury down the road. Focus on engaging the muscles around the joints to gain stability.

Tip #5: Stay for the entire class  (including Savasana). It’s easy to head for the door as soon as the instructor calls for Savasana (the final resting pose of a yoga flow), but sticking around is good for your health. Savasana allows the body’s nervous system to slow down and brings closure to the practice.

Tip #6: Honor your body and be mindful. During class, notice any areas in your body that are sensitive, tight or cause strain. Just because you did a particular pose one day, doesn’t mean your body will be able to do it the next.