6 Common Yoga Therapy Mistakes To Avoid

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A yoga therapy session involves twisting your body, bending sideways or backward, concentrating, and breathing correctly. All these tasks require the utmost involvement of the body, heart, and mind.

Irrespective of your experience in yoga, you are likely to make mistakes during your yoga therapy. However, some of these mistakes can lead to severe after-effects such as injury, thus hampering your progression in yoga. Not to worry, you can easily avoid these mistakes. Moreover, we advise you to indulge in yoga therapy only under the supervision of a trained yoga therapist.

Below, we have listed the top six yoga therapy mistakes to look out for!

1. Not wearing appropriate clothes- You must choose clothing that suits your body and the type of yoga therapy sessions you will attend. Do not wear clothes that are too tight or loose, itchy, scratchy, or resist the stretch. Wearing inappropriate clothes can distract you from focusing on yoga.

You must wear clothes made out of comfortable fabric, and the ones that do not restrict movement. While performing yoga, wear minimal clothes with excellent moisture absorbing properties. If you are not sure about which clothes to wear, you can seek recommendations from your yoga therapist.

2. Using cheap and unclean yoga mat- A low-quality yoga practice mat can hamper your progress while performing yoga. These mats become slippery after some time and do not stay flat in shape. It can prevent you from maintaining balance and the right postures while performing asanas. Your hands or legs can slide or slip during the therapy, which might even cause severe injury.

Your yoga mat must also be always clean. Over time, the mat can become stinky and catch harmful bacteria, negatively affecting your health.

3. Overeating or not eating before yogaScheduling your meals as per yoga therapy sessions can be challenging. Remember not to practice yoga with a full stomach, as it will make you uncomfortable and slow you down. However, performing yoga with an empty stomach is also not good as you may not be able to focus on the asanas. You can avoid these distractions by having a light-weight snack an hour before the yoga therapy session begins.

4. Improper breathing techniques- Establishing and practicing slow and deep yogic breath can be challenging. But, do not hold your breath only to match the breathing pace with your yoga teacher. You must allow yourself time to develop the proper breathing technique for yoga and start with slower-paced breathing.

5. Forcing yourself to perfection- ‘No pain, no gain’ does not apply to yoga therapy. You must understand that the results of yoga therapy may take time to show up. Therefore, don’t force your body towards perfection before you are ready. Bring your body to a pose slowly and stretch to the fullest. You must also ensure that no yoga posture is causing you physical pain.

6. Skipping shavasana­ Shavasana, the ultimate relaxation pose, will help you fully absorb the benefits of your yoga therapy. Irrespective of how complex or basic your yoga regime is, you must practice this asana for 5-8 minutes after every yoga therapy session.

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Esra Ahmed - MS, NCC, LPC, MHSP

Experienced Clinical Director with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Anger Management, Healthcare, Medicine, EMDR, and Life Transitions. Strong healthcare services professional with a Masters Degree focused in Psychology from The University of Memphis.

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