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HOW TO PRACTICE YOGA SAFELY

how to practice yoga safely

ARE YOU PRACTISING YOGA SAFELY?

Yoga is intended to heal and nurture our bodies and minds, yet many students find out that it can also potentially cause injuries. They want to be able to "perform" the asanas (postures) perfectly, so that they "look good" for the teacher and other students.

Neck, wrists, back, hips, knees and ankles are all common areas where students can potentially get injured.

THE EGO FACTOR

The most common cause of injury falls on a single attitude:

OVERZEALOUSNESS or OBSESSIVENESS to achieve the perfect pose!

Over–ambition and enthusiasm can be dangerous – especially for students who push themselves beyond their limits – AND it is usually the more experienced yogis who want to take their practice to the next level physically who are the ones who get hurt the most!

The best and most intelligent way to progress in your practice is to have:

"GOOD INTENTIONS with LOW EXPECTATIONS"

and practice, practice, practice.

Most yogis who seem more "advanced" in their practice of asanas (postures), are disciplined and practise regularly, usually every day. They "listen" to their bodies for inner guidance, watching the breath and moving safely in their practice. This is where the "mind/body intelligence" connects and when the true practice of yoga is experienced.

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