14 Yoga Mistakes to Avoid

Whether you're a newbie or a veteran, sidestep these blunders to help ensure an injury-free yoga experience (15 Photos)

Mary Bolster on Mar 8, 2012 at 11:43AM

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14 Yoga Mistakes to Avoid

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You Ignore Your Body

Concerns over yoga and injury have been in the media lately. Fortunately, there are ways to practice the healing discipline of yoga in ways that minimize the potential for injury. The first mistake to avoid: ignoring your body. It seems obvious, right? But it’s easy to be out of touch with your body and not really listening to subtle signals. That makes it hard to do the poses or follow instructions (how do I move my right hand behind my back and grab my left toe?) and easy to get hurt, especially if you ignore signs that you’re pushing your body too hard. Only you can feel your internal sensations. Practice getting in touch with them -- and respect them. Assess how each pose feels and respond accordingly. If the muscle releases, it’s fine to go deeper, but if it doesn’t, back off.

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