Practicing yoga is giving your mind and body a daily gift. The benefits of yoga are many, and die-hard yogis and advanced yoginis are living proof. To maintain your body in good health, keep your vitality and the mobility of your body, the practice of asanas is a miracle solution. The practice of breathing techniques is also a new breath of oxygen that can cleanse the lungs or improve breathing capacity. However, for some people, yoga can have the opposite effects. Depending on one’s physical condition, practicing certain types of yoga breaths or postures can be dangerous. This is valid for yoga sessions in Hatha-yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Kundalini yoga, etc. To avoid this and have a safe yoga practice, here are the dangers of yoga and contraindications.
The dangers of yoga during asana practice
We should always practice asana with full awareness. In other words, when performing yoga poses, you need to be focused. If you stare at your neighbor’s mat during your yoga studio session, or if your thoughts wander, you can hurt yourself. A second of inattention can cause you to make bad moves. Remember to always have a rigorous practice, in fluidity, to think about the alignment of the body, etc.
If we move on to the contraindications now, here are several diseases and physical conditions that require refraining from practicing asanas, or adapting them:
- Arterial hypertension and arterial hypotension. If you suffer from high blood pressure, you should not practice postures in which your heart is located below your face (inversions). This is therefore the case with inversions. However, you can do some asanas sitting and standing. You can also adapt the Sun Salutations.
- Heart problems. Refrain from practicing inverted postures and adapt the Surya Namaskar (Salute to the Sun) Series.
- Thyroid problems.
- Weak joints and fractures.
- Back problems. Asanas belonging to the category of “ backward bends ” or flexibility of the back with the weight towards the back, should not be practiced by people who already have very pronounced curvature of the lower back. The ” forward bends “, people with back pain, hernias, etc should not practice . With lumbar disc problems or sciatica should refrain from twisting.
- Recent abdominal operations. Twists are to be avoided following this type of operation.
- Problems and discomfort in the neck area. individuals should not perform Inversions with neck pain.
If you are affected by any of the cases mentioned above, before starting yoga, please consult your doctor. If your doctor prescribes treatment and gives you the green light, you can practice yoga without any particular difficulties.
Focus on inversions:
The postures where gravity is reversed are the postures that have the most contraindications. Do not do them if you have heart problems, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, glaucoma, inner ear infection, brain disease, neck problems, and menstruating.
Note: These contraindications/ dangers for yoga are general, and all postures have their benefits and contraindications.
Contraindications to the practice of pranayamas: breathing
During yoga classes as well every day, it is important to breathe through your nose. It is the healthiest way to breathe. Breathing through your mouth does not filter, and makes you more tired. In the breathing techniques, only some intended to cool the body, do not make the mouth. Otherwise, you have to breathe through your nose.
- Temporary respiratory problems. Stuffy nose, fever, flu. To practice pranayama properly, air must be able to flow freely through both nostrils.
- High blood pressure, heart problems, epilepsy, hyperthyroidism, stomach ulcer, acidity anxiety. Do not practice the Surya Bhedaa breathing technique.
- Ear infections. Not to practice Bhramari.
- Sensitive teeth, missing or presence of dentures. Do not practice Sheetkari, wheezing breathing.
- Retinal problems, glaucoma, lung disease, asthma, bronchitis. Not to practice Bhastrika, the breathing of fire.
- Dizziness, epilepsy, stroke, stomach ulcer, high blood pressure, hernias. Not to practice Bhastrika and Kapalbhati.
- Heart problems. Do not practice Kapalbhati.
The dangers of yoga are present and their existence should not be minimized. Of course, if you don’t have a particular health problem, all you have to do is listen to your body which sends you warning signals in case of fatigue or discomfort. It is imperative to always listen to it and never to force movements. An asana is a stable and comfortable movement that we can achieve with practice, patience, and the help of breathing. When you see your doctor, remind him of the type of yoga you want to practice, and what is special about these yoga classes. Indeed, very often, they are not aware of the specifics. You can also get closer to your certified yoga teacher, but in any case, he is not a doctor. She/he can only give you advice and guide you. If you want to practice yoga based on an illness, remember that you can turn to restorative yoga or therapeutic yoga.
Also read our post about Yoga Benefits for Mental Health.