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6 Prominent Ways To Avoid Serious Yoga Injuries

6 Prominent Ways To Avoid Serious Yoga Injuries

Yoga was first originated in ancient India. It is a group of physical, spiritual and mental disciplines or practices that yogis do to relax, exercise and to relieve muscle, joint and bone-related pain. But if you will not practice it properly, it can tear ligaments, cause muscle strain and other severe injuries. Here, in this article, I’m going to discuss some prominent ways to prevent yoga injuries in 6 areas of your body.

1. Neck Injury

The neck is the most common area, which is at risk of being injured during yoga. You can injure your neck while doing plough, headstand and shoulder stand. This is the time when you’re putting most of your body weight on your neck and it might get injured. Just make the neck safety a priority. You have to be aware of your body limits and don’t choose too difficult poses at the outset. Always go with the ease until your body gets used to it.

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2. Shoulder Injury

Another common injury caused due to incorrect body alignment during yoga practices is the shoulder injury. When you raise the shoulders up towards the ears (also known as shrugging), it applies pressure on the shoulders and eventually injures the muscles. Always remember that, tight shoulders are weak and prone to injury, so avoid headstands and shoulder stands until you strengthen your shoulders and open them up. During stretches, avoid pulling too hard on the shoulders.

3. Wrist Injury

Wrist injury is caused when you put too much of your body weight on your wrists during yoga poses. And tender wrists from texting and keyboard use can worsen this injury. In order to avoid this injury, you will have to learn how to properly bear weight on the correct parts of your hand. You can avoid injury by keeping your wrists lined up with the front edge of your mat and spreading your fingers equally with both your index fingers.

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4. Back Injury

Back injury usually occurs when yogis round the spine in order to go deep into your forward folds. It can also happen when you’re practicing a pose in which you have to round your back while keeping your legs straight.

You can prevent this injury by expanding your spine up and away from your butt to avoid rounding your back while paying attention on breathing into each posture. Don’t fold too deep. Just try to have a straight back and hold your abs in order to keep your core stabilized. Do some knee exercises such as down dog and forward folds to keep your knees soft.

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5. Knee Injury

Knee injury occurs if your hips aren’t flexible enough to carry out hip-opening and deep knee-folding poses. In such cases, your knee might dislocate while doing warrior poses, pigeon poses or half-lotus.

You can prevent the knee injury by doing some exercises for hip flexibility. Always remember that you don’t need to push and strain beyond limits. As per the famous quote, “practice makes the man perfect,” you have to do the same. Keep practicing before moving into the deep poses and don’t forget to use props to support the knee, especially while doing pigeon.

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6. Hamstring Muscle Injury

Hamstring injury occurs when you’re doing poses with your legs straight or going too deep into your forward folds. Your hamstring muscles can be pulled when you carry out quick, jerky movements or when you straighten your legs and back.

You can prevent the hamstring injury by keeping your knees soft. Ask your yoga instructor and perform knee exercises by bending them. Avoid using your hand in order to push yourself deeper when moving into a forward fold. You can instead pull back and breathe into the whole hamstring length to stretch it completely.

Featured photo credit: Pinterest via media.yogajournal.com

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Last Updated on September 17, 2018

10 Reasons Why You Should Get Naked More Often

10 Reasons Why You Should Get Naked More Often

Getting naked is often thought of as an act that should only be reserved for intimacy—and even then some get squirmy! Many people are more comfortable believing that the more clothes you are wearing the better. However, getting naked more often can have great benefits for you. Here are 10 great reasons to get naked more often:

1. It burns more fat.

Your body’s main supply of brown adipose tissue (BAT), or good fat cells, are located around your shoulder blades and neck. When your body is exposed to the elements and is cooler, the BAT proliferates and essentially kills the white adipose tissue, aka bad fat cells. So, not wearing any clothes helps promote this and makes you healthier.

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2. You’ll become comfortable with who you are.

Self-acceptance is hard to come by today. Ask anyone you know and see if they are happy with themselves. Chances are they will say they are too fat, not pretty, and find all of the flaws that they can. In reality, others do not see this. They see that you are beautiful. When you begin to get naked, you learn to appreciate your body and realize how beautiful you really are.

3. It saves you money.

Being naked more often saves on buying new clothing since you are wearing nothing a lot of the time. Be careful when you are in public, though—you may have to put on some clothes!

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4. It increases your immune system.

Being naked and getting exposure to the sun’s rays actually increases your body’s vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is directly related to your immune system. When you have optimal levels of vitamin D, your body’s immune system is impeccable, and you will be better equipped to ward off viruses, including the common cold and flu. So go lay outside naked on your private balcony or in your yard.

5. It makes you face your fears head on.

People cringe today when you mention the words “get naked.” They are so afraid of it—and today’s children are so ingrained with this—that they must wear layer upon layer to deal with their body image. However, when you are naked, you face your fears of body image and self-acceptance, experiencing some of the best moments of your life.

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6. You will feel better in your clothes.

When you do wear clothes (because not everyone has yet accepted being naked in public), you will start to choose clothing that accentuates the parts of your body that you love. You will begin to notice that maybe that muumuu does not flatter your beautiful curves and start wearing clothes that you love.

7. You will embrace vulnerability.

When you put yourself out there, it is a natural reaction to have fear and worry. However, this is an opportunity to embrace being vulnerable. It allows you to think and get down to the core of what really matters and what is of importance to you. When you strip away all of the excess, you are 100% you and willing to take on anything that comes your way.

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8. You will show the world the real you.

Today, we have many ways of altering our appearance from our true body image when we wear clothing. Some people alter their image so much that they fear getting naked with the person they love. It seems crazy that this could even happen; however, the rise in use of breast-enhancing bras and Spanx products has put this idea into people’s minds. This all goes back to being comfortable with your true body image. If a person really does love you, then they should not love you based upon your image. If they do, then you may even decide that the ever-so-uncomfortable leggings that go up above your waist to hold in all of the imperfections may not be worth it after all.

9. You will have fun.

Well, this could go in all sorts of directions. But when you are comfortable with your naked body and see it as being flattering, then life is more fun. You start realizing that you are beautiful and are willing to do more things that you probably would not have done otherwise—with and without your clothes on.

10. You can have intercourse with the lights on.

Many people are self-conscious about the way they look and decide that the less lighting the better when they are intimate with their partner. It’s nothing new. If you survey your best friends, you will probably come to this conclusion too. They may say that it even gets awkward, because they are more concerned with what their partner thinks of their body than just having and enjoying amazing intercourse. When you love the way you look naked, you will also want to have your partner see you at your best.

What are you waiting for? Start spending more time in the buff today and begin to change the way you think about your body.

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