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Watch out for these 10 big yoga fails to get the most out of your workout.

Yoga is a great way to improve your flexibility and strength. It can help you achieve better posture, de-stress your life and it’s good for your heart. Check out our list of the biggest yoga fails and how to avoid them!

  1. Holding your breath: Even during the most difficult yoga poses, you must remember to constantly breathe. If you don’t, your muscle fibers don’t get the proper amount of oxygen to bend or support your weight.
  2. Pushing yourself too hard: In many exercise classes, pushing your body can actually be a good thing but not in yoga. You could get a muscle strain or injury. Yoga is not an exercise that is meant to be painful.
  3. Choosing the wrong spot: People tend to lay down their mat and workout at the front of the class so they can see the instructor but actually, the back of the class is the best spot. This ensures you will always have someone to look at if you need help with the poses since the instructor will move around a lot.
  4. Comparing yourself to others: Every exercise class will have that one intimidating woman who can do every move perfectly. Don’t compare yourself to her or try to mimic her.
  5. Eating a large meal before class: A full stomach can cause certain positions to be very uncomfortable. Your body’s blood supply will be funneled to your stomach, which can leave your other muscles shortchanged on the energy they need.
  6. Ditching the cool down: Don’t pack up your mat too soon. The cool down is one of the best and most important parts of any yoga session because it provides deep relaxation, helps prevent muscle soreness and slowly lowers your heart rate and blood pressure.
  7. Taking just any class: There is a wide range of yoga classes from beginners to intermediate. Pick the level that's right for you, don’t base your choice on just the cost or time.
  8. Being too quiet: Sure, yoga is meant to be tranquil but don’t be afraid to ask for help or tips. If you have a question, don't be afraid to ask your instructor.
  9. Rushing into advanced poses: You may want to try that headstand the instructor is showing but if you can’t do it, opt for a more basic pose. Being able to master the basics of yoga poses will help you successfully achieve the tougher ones later on.
  10. Thinking too much: Yoga is meant to clear and relax the mind, not just the body. Stop thinking about your grocery list or what you’ll make for dinner later.

Not every yoga work out is going to be the perfect one where you achieve inner peace and clarity, but avoiding these common pitfalls while practicing can help you on your path to nirvana.

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