Yoga, like all physical activities, can put stress on your muscles and joints. Although yoga has many benefits for your body, overstretching or pushing yourself too far at the wrong time can lead to injuries that interrupt your workout regime. While you might experience some minor aches and pains as a result of starting a new yoga regime, if you feel the pain that doesn’t go away or if your muscles become tight, you should stop and consult a doctor.
1. Yoga Poses And Muscle Tension
Performing yoga poses requires a great degree of flexibility which can cause tension in the body, particularly if you are new to practicing yoga. As a result of new yoga poses, you might experience “hot spots” or areas of the body that feel sore. The tightness or pain can build up in your muscles over time if you push yourself too far, particularly if you continue to practice yoga poses incorrectly. Although it is easy to cause tension and hot spots in muscles through performing incorrect yoga poses, your body will benefit from the stretching and muscle movements of a yoga regime. If you feel pain, you should stop immediately and consult a doctor to make sure that you do not have an injury.
2. Common Injuries From Yoga
The more intense your yoga workout becomes, the more likely you are to experience injuries if you push yourself too far or perform incorrect poses. Some of the most common injuries associated with yoga include muscle pulls or tears, torn cartilage in your joints, and spinal injuries. Minor aches and pains are common after starting a new workout regime; however, if you experience pain that does not go away quickly or is accompanied by swelling, bruising, bleeding, or hot spots, you should consult a doctor immediately.
3. Yoga And Joint Injuries
Although most yoga poses are low-impact, you can experience joint injuries if you have a pre-existing condition or perform incorrect yoga poses. Due to the many movements of a typical yoga workout, there is a risk of straining muscles and injuring ligaments around your joints. Common types of joint injuries associated with yoga include rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingement syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Some of the injuries associated with yoga are similar to those experienced by people who partake in other forms of physical activity; however, yoga poses can put more stress on your joints due to their high degree of flexibility.
4. Yoga And Stretching Muscles
Yoga is a workout that typically focuses on stretching and toning muscles, which can lead to the overstretching of tissues around your joints. Yoga poses provide a great stretch for most parts of your body; however, if you push yourself too far, particularly if you are new to yoga, you increase your risk of experiencing muscle and ligament tears. Some of the most common types of muscle and ligament tears include hamstring strains, groin strains, tear in your elbow, and knee injuries.
Generally speaking, it is easier to cause an injury through yoga than by participating in other forms of exercise. Yoga requires a high degree of flexibility which can lead to overstretching muscles and ligaments if you push yourself too far. Yoga poses and new activities can also put stress on your muscles and joints, which can lead to injuries if you do not give your body time to adjust. If you experience pain, particularly unexpected pain, immediately stop all yoga poses and consult a physician.
Yoga is a great physical activity for maintaining overall physical fitness and wellness; however, you should be aware that injuries can occur when you first start yoga and after performing incorrect poses.