preventing student injuries

By Junaid Ghouri

Yoga is a holistic practice that has been around for thousands of years. There are many of us who have given up of the spiritual side of the yoga exercise program, and have used its methods to embrace many physical, emotional, and mental advantages. You will notice that there are ways in which you’ll be able to use the stretches and strength building exercises for you to improve upon your self-image.

You may be able to reduce body fat, increase your flexibility, and additionally build muscles. Yoga can train your body and mind with respiration techniques that can prepare you for exercises in other activities. It additionally helps minimize and stop injuries; as a result, yoga permits you to discover your physical limitations. Practicing yoga postures (asanas) with the wrong approach will cause you to sustain injuries and disrupt your exercise regime. Asanas were created with an aim to supply strength, flexibility, and relaxation to the entire body.


However, if the postures are performed incorrectly practiced with excessive amount of force, or there is a lack of proper technique, the body may be injured. As a result, you could need rest from yoga practice, or in some cases, you might need medical attention. The body is most ordinarily injured due to incorrect alignment, pre-existing injury, or repetitive motion. This commonly affects the wrists, knees, hips, and shoulders in the form of sprains. Teachers must emphasize the importance of avoiding, forced twisting and straining during practice sessions.

Here are some suggestions teachers can make students aware of and you’ll be able to educate your students about injury prevention in the process:

• Yoga includes a sophisticated set of practices that ought to be practiced under the supervision of a competent teacher. Attempting yoga postures on your own could result in improper technique ensuing into injuries. Make certain to search out a qualified teacher before you start practicing

• Developing student physical awareness: Many students (especial beginners) are typically unaware of their physical limits and range of motion. To prevent injuries, make sure the beginners’ are smaller in order to able to keep an in-depth eye on all students.


• Avoid overexerting yourself. Remember, yoga is some thing that you will learn and develop over an extended amount of your time. Enable enough time for the body to develop the desired flexibility and strength before attempting advanced yoga postures.

• Continuously bear in mind to warm up before your yoga session. Never skip a warm up session. Warming up is of utmost importance because it is an injury prevention program for the body.

• Use props – Props are very important in preventing injuries. The unfortunate issue is that several students do not use them. You ought to additionally make sure that you utilize the props yourself. Once you try this, your students will presumably feel comfortable once they use them and this reduces the probabilities of students injuring themselves. When teaching, you ought not label entirely different poses as basic, intermediate, or advanced. Once you label poses, you are sure to have several injuries. Massive numbers of student are aiming at reaching the advanced levels quickly, which can create a mindset of competitiveness and result in injuries. As a tutor, you ought to clearly justify the importance of precaution and do not expect your students to discard their egos no matter how many times you tell them that yoga is not a contest.

• Separation of the sacral-iliac ligament joint and lower back ligaments are among the common injuries in yoga. The injury can happen by attempting a forward fold the cause with straight legs and forcing. By merely bending your knees you can decrease the force and the potential for injury. Students with pre-existing medical conditions related to the sacral-iliac ligament joint and lower back ligaments should approach twisting and bending with extreme caution.



These are the measures that you simply ought to take in order to minimize injuries in the growing field of yoga. Even when taking the required precautions, you could possibly encounter an injury, while practicing. In such case, don’t ignore the symptoms of rising pain in any part of your body and in some cases you may have to seek medical help. Resume your yoga session solely based upon your doctor’s recommendation.


Understanding and Preventing Yoga Injuries

Loren M. Fishman, MD, 1 Ellen Saltonstall, RYT, 2 Susan Genis, RYT, Esq.

1.Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons 2. New York, New York

International Journal of Yoga