Common Yoga Injuries and How to Avoid Them_sqIllustration by Bob Al-Greene

Studies have pointed to yoga’s ability to reduce anxiety, improve blood flow, and speed up metabolism. But like any form of exercise, it can lead to some serious injuries if done improperly. Taking time to warm up, listening to the body’s physical limits, and easing in and out of poses slowly (to give the body time to recover) can prevent most yoga injuries. But most importantly, people should focus on their own practice and progress, regardless of what the human pretzel in front of you is doing.

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