The Yoga Tutor

Potential Problems and Precautions

[ Excerpt from The Science of Yoga, page 24 ]

Strong fields of energy associated with many yogic practices often cause people to experience purification reactions.

These cleansing processes can, at times, be rather sudden and can create uneasiness or unpleasant feelings such as nausea, dizziness, tremors in the body, or even giddiness.

These reactions can be avoided or minimized by proceeding gradually through the yogic practices and not jumping ahead to more advanced techniques that you may not yet be prepared physically or mentally for.

In general, such phenomena are normal, relatively mild, and should not be great cause for concern. If you should become uneasy with any type of feeling that you are experiencing while practicing on your own, simply open your eyes, sit in sukha asana (easy, cross-legged pose) or lay relaxed on your back and breathe slowly and deeply until the sensation subsides.

If you are able to continue on with the rest of your practice then do so, otherwise, at the very least, end your session with the normal process for relaxation.

Again, with care and attention, which means practicing within your comfort zone and level of experience, you will never be confronted with a potentially harmful situation.

Safety Precautions

When practicing yoga alone, only practice those techniques in which you have been properly instructed.

The depth of power within many yoga practices can often take time and experience to reveal itself. Many wrongly assume that the techniques they are practicing are too basic, or that they have already 'mastered' one thing and are ready to move on to something bigger and better.

Like a vast ocean, yoga can be perceived as infinitely wide on the surface, but it is within its depth that abundance is found. The more that you practice, the more you will discover.

Tread firmly along the path, but do not be hasty or you may miss the very things that you seek!


NOTE: This yoga article is an excerpt from The Science of Yoga, an online yoga training program with streaming yoga videos and 600 pages of step-by-step yoga instruction.

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