FAQ About Choosing the Right Yoga Practice

Can yoga be dangerous?

While yoga is generally safe for most people, any physical activity can come with some degree of risk, and yoga is no exception. However, the risk of injury in yoga is relatively low compared to other physical activities, especially if practiced with proper alignment and under the guidance of a qualified instructor.

Here are some potential risks and precautions to consider:

Overexertion: Practicing yoga beyond your current physical ability or pushing yourself too hard can lead to injury. Listen to your body and avoid pushing yourself too far too fast.

Improper alignment: Incorrect alignment during yoga poses can put undue stress on joints and muscles, leading to injury. Practice with a qualified instructor who can guide you in proper alignment and adjustments.

Pre-existing injuries or conditions: If you have a pre-existing injury or medical condition, it's important to speak with your doctor before practicing yoga and to inform your teacher of any limitations or concerns.

Heat: Hot yoga or practicing in a heated room can lead to dehydration or overheating. Make sure to drink plenty of water and take breaks as needed.

Inadequate preparation: Failing to properly warm up or cool down before or after practicing yoga can increase the risk of injury. Take time to prepare your body for practice and to cool down afterward.