Think You Can't Get Hurt Doing Yoga?
Oct 10, 2018 Cedars-Sinai Staff
Are you ready to try yoga?
Its popularity has grown in recent years and it has a reputation for being a good "starter" workout—something easy to get into for those who don't work out often or who have injuries that prevent strenuous exercise.
True, it's more laid back than CrossFit, running, or lifting heavy weights, but you can still get injured, especially if you're new to the practice or aren't used to working out.
We asked primary care physician Dr. Lacy Knowles how to get started with yoga while making sure you're helping your body instead of hurting it.
Get cleared for take-off
Choose your class carefully and go cautiously
Know your limitations and respect them
"Pick a small class where your teacher can make sure participants execute moves safely and properly."
"Slow as you go" is good
Lengthen and lift for excellence
Open up to the possibilities
Use those props like the yoga star you are
Be aware of potential trouble spots
Appreciate the moment with yoga and stay safe
Finally, this isn't a competition, she reminds you. Yoga invites you to slow down and practice mindfulness skills you can use in life. Focus on your even breath, and on the present moment, your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations. This is your time.