Ahimsa (first do no harm) the first of Patanjali’s yamas and the foundation of yoga.
In practical terms, this means that when you do yoga, always err on the side of safety!…go slowly…….respect your body’s limits and listen to its innate wisdom. The more you do yoga, the more you’ll have access to that intuitive sense of what’s good for you and what isn’t. Do your practice with awareness!…..much of this is common sense….if something hurts…don’t do it!
A big part of keeping yourself safe with yoga is tuning in to how you feel both during and after practicing. Your body might be sore, for example, the day after a strong practice. A little achiness in musclesis fine but it should quickly resolve. However joints should never hurt during or after practice, if they do, it’s a sign that you are doing something wrong, for example poor alignment of your bones, or doingmore than you are currently ready for.
So!….take it slowly and mindfully, and then you can enjoy the wonderful experience that yoga is!
YOUR YOGA PRACTICE SHOULD BE JUST AS UNIQUE AS YOU