Yoga is all about respecting where your body is currently at and gently pushing its comfort zone. It’s certainly not about perfection or looking a certain way in your yoga gear or on your mat. However, there are certain alignment principles that will keep you safe and will ensure that your time on your mat is actually doing your body good and these are great principals to learn during your Sacramento beginning yoga classes. When those principles aren’t known or being followed, they show up as these mistakes:
- Your knees are over your toes. Whenever you’re in a lunging or squatting posture, you want your knees to stay behind your toes. For example, in Warrior II, once your front knee goes past your toes, your joints take on added pressure and the muscles that you want to tone and strengthen, like your thighs, don’t have to work as hard.
- Are you pulling your shoulders down away from your ears? It doesn’t matter what yoga posture you’re in, you never want to scrunch your shoulders up to your ears. HOWEVER, strongly pulling them down is not good either. Release tension by relaxing the shoulders down away from the ears, not pulling them down.
- Don’t sink into your joints. Regardless of the yoga posture, you want your muscles to hold you, not your joints. When you sink into a pose without the engagement of your muscles, you’re missing out on a lot of the benefits the pose has to offer.