Yoga to Avoid Injury and Ill Health ← Back to Wellness


An athlete’s biggest roadblocks are often injury and sickness. We never have full control over these things but there are steps we can take to reduce the possibility of getting sick or hurt. A great way for athletes to take care of their bodies is through the practice of yoga. Consider a recent article for the Huffington Post titled “5 Ways to Help Avoid Injury in Your Yoga Practice.”

Brittany Policastro of the Huffington Post writes, “Despite the fact that we generally take the breath for granted, it is the most important piece of your yoga practice. When the breath is short and sharp it can activate the fight or flight response in the nervous system making you feel stressed. When you are stressed you are less likely to make responsible choices in your yoga practice. Instead of flowing gracefully through the practice the struggle ensues making you more susceptible to hurting yourself. Have you ever seen an experienced yoga teacher practice? They make it look effortless and often times quite beautiful. Why? They are deeply connected to their breath. So make sure you breathe deeply. If you can’t then you need to take a child’s pose or a time out.”

Care 2 also offers advice in the form of a recent article titled “16 Gentle Yoga Poses for Cold and Flu Season.” Becky Striepe of Care 2 writes, “Now that fall is here, cold and flu season isn’t far behind. Of course, rest is key when you’re healing from illness, but some gentle yoga practice can give you a bit of temporary relief, as well. Like any other time that you’re practicing yoga, listen to your body. If it hurts or makes you feel worse, don’t do it. Yoga isn’t going to address some of the more severe cold and flu symptoms. It’s not going to bring down a fever, alleviate chills or cure a sore throat. What it can do is help with some of the lingering symptoms from illness: headache, congestion and fatigue. I used Yoga Journal’s pose finder to look up postures by benefit, so you can find the ones that are right for you. The ones below are the gentlest poses listed for each symptom.”

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