Many people are concerned that they will get injured performing yoga exercises. For those people who have never done any stretching in their life and are relatively inflexible, it can be a concern because it is quite possible that they have already had many injuries due to their lack of flexibility.
The reality is that someone in that state will benefit more than ever from doing yoga.
They will, however, need to be very careful initially because, unless they are under the supervision of a trained yoga instructor it is possible to cause injury from overextending in the yoga poses.
Fortunately, yoga can cater for all needs and all that is required is a little more care, in the beginning, to give the body time to adjust to what should be its natural state.
By taking your time and doing the poses slowly and not pushing the limits too far the progress should be reasonably rapid.
With the expert knowledge of a yoga instructor or by following a good yoga video or DVD you will make sure you have your posture correct when performing the exercises and reduce the chance of injury.
A usual series of yoga poses and exercises will assist the body in becoming more balanced and this in itself will reduce the chance of injury.
Also – yoga not only helps with flexibility but it also increases strength in the body and this will help to reduce injury too.
If you are using yoga specifically to address some problem that is already present then you might need to do specific exercises to assist in the recovery process and also you will find that many yoga poses can help to strengthen and stretch complimentary areas of the body that will help the injured area of the body to repair faster.