Even though yoga can be an extremely healing practice, the benefits of this type of exercise really come from the way that you approach each routine. Whether you practice at home on your own or you signed up for classes at a yoga studio, always being aware of what your body is feeling is imperative. You should never push into a pose, no matter how simple it may seem, and you should never attempt to do a pose that you aren’t ready for.
There are also some potentially dangerous yoga poses that could do more harm than good, particularly if you don’t know how to get into them safely and if you don’t have an instructor to guide you through the process. Keep reading to learn what they are, and approach these with caution.
Headstand is one of the many yoga poses that every yogi wants to eventually get into, and show off to their friends. But the truth is that you have to have a solid yoga practice, and strong upper body and core muscles, prior to attempting this pose, as it is one of the dangerous yoga poses that can cause neck and back injuries. After all, in headstand, you are putting all of your body weight on your head and your neck, and if you do not have a solid base, your neck will end up moving rather than remaining still in one place.
Even though you are not on top of your head in shoulder stand, you are putting a lot of your weight on your neck in this pose as well. Therefore, it is another one of the dangerous yoga poses that you want to approach with extra caution. First off, get into the pose slowly and steadily. Use your hands to support the weight of your body as you allow your torso to fall into your hands and release the weight from the neck. Make sure that all of the weight is on your triceps and shoulders, not on your neck, and push the chin slightly away from the chest to reduce compression.
Camel pose is a back bending pose, so you do need to be sure that you are warmed up before getting into this posture. You should focus first on lengthening the spine and the torso as much as possible before dipping back. Also, to support your neck, do not let it drop back and dangle; instead, keep it in line with the spine, with the chin slightly towards the chest. If you get into this pose before you are warmed up or before you have adequate flexibility in the spine, you could hurt your back and your neck.
Yoga can only be healing if you really breathe with the movements and listen to your body. You should never force yourself into a pose that your body isn’t ready for. Focus your awareness on your sensations and you will be able to progress steadily without fearing injuries along the way.