Worst Yoga Mistakes
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Worst Yoga Mistakes

Yoga has many mind-body benefits, but striking the wrong pose can take you from om to ow. Test your yoga smarts with our quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's safe to do yoga if you're pregnant.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Early research suggests that yoga is safe during pregnancy. Pregnant women who wish to practice yoga should discuss this with their obstetrician or nurse-midwife.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What's a safe way to modify a forward fold during pregnancy?

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The correct answer is: Remember to make space for the baby during forward folds by keeping your legs wider than normal and then bending forward.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What types of poses should you avoid if you're pregnant?

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The correct answer is: Poses that put pressure on the uterus, such as abdominal twists, should be avoided during pregnancy.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

When is it unsafe to try hot yoga?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are situations in which you should not practice hot yoga. Hot yoga is usually practiced in a room of up to 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity. This type of heat puts the body at risk for nutritional depletion or dehydration, which is harmful for people recovering or suffering from an eating disorder or someone with Crohn's disease. If you're already fit and healthy it should be safe for you to give hot yoga a try, as long as you stay well hydrated.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What types of poses should you avoid if you have low or high blood pressure?

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The correct answer is: People with low or high blood pressure, disc disease of the spine, fragile neck arteries, glaucoma, ear problems or severe osteoporosis should avoid some inverted poses. People with detached retinas, at risk for blood clots and cervical spondylitis should avoid these poses as well and they should talk to their doctors before beginning a new exercise program.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of the following are the two key components of safe yoga?

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The correct answer is: The two key components of safe yoga are core strength and proper body alignment. A strong core is a crucial element of staying injury-free. Attention to alignment offers a safe and effective way to balance any weaknesses or areas of tightness.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's unsafe to do yoga if you're not very flexible.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A lack of flexibility is actually a great reason to start practicing yoga. Yoga helps build strength and stability in the muscles and joints, which can increase your range of motion.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What type of yoga is safest for older students who haven't practiced before?

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The correct answer is: Yoga can be wonderful for older students. Restorative yoga rejuvenates the body, replenishes energy stores and has a restful and healing effect on the body. Start with an introductory class, such as a restorative yoga class, and work up to a higher level.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

How should you modify a standing forward fold if it's causing you back pain?

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The correct answer is: Back strain is created when a person tries to straighten the legs prematurely, which compromises back alignment through flexion of the spine. Make sure to keep your knees bent and hips square, and lay your chest on your thighs when you bend forward.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Why is it important to roll onto your right side after finishing savasana, the final relaxation pose?

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The correct answer is: It's important to roll onto your right side after finishing savasana because this is thought to regulate the pulse and prevent the heart from being compressed.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

What should you do if you feel pain during a yoga pose?

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The correct answer is: When practicing yoga, it's important to listen to your body. If you feel pain, stop doing the pose immediately. Each year more than 5,000 people end up in the emergency room due to yoga-related injuries. Don't join that club!

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What prop should you use during standing postures if you have tight hamstrings?

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The correct answer is: Blocks are very helpful if you're doing a standing pose and you have tight hamstrings. For example, triangle pose is difficult for some people because they lack the flexibility to put their hand all the way onto the ground. By placing your hand on a block instead, you won't have to reach further than your body will let you.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What prop should you use if you have tight shoulders?

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The correct answer is: Straps are often used in shoulder openers to assist students with tight shoulders. Students can also create a loop around their arms with a strap to allow for proper alignment in handstands.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What prop is most often used to alleviate neck pain?

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The correct answer is: Blankets are used for many different purposes in yoga, but are most often used under the shoulders in shoulder stand to lessen risk of damage to the neck. A blanket provides space for the cervical spine to follow its natural curve and alignment.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What types of poses should you avoid if you have back pain?

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The correct answer is: Bends and twists are bad news if you have an iffy back. You're best off avoiding these types of poses or modifying them using props.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should always tell your yoga instructor if you have any injuries before class starts.

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The correct answer is: This is true. It's very important when entering a yoga class to inform the teacher of any special circumstances or injuries. That way she or he will be able to instruct you as to variations and postures that best suit your needs.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

If you get tired and need to rest during class, what pose should you do?

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The correct answer is: When you're tired and need to rest, go into a restorative pose like balasana: Start by kneeling on the floor, with your big toes touching. Then separate your knees as wide as your hips. Exhale and bend forward, resting your torso down between your thighs. Lay your hands on the floor alongside your torso and release the fronts of your shoulders towards the floor. Rest in this position until you're able to continue.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

How can you prevent pain in your wrists during the downward facing dog pose?

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The correct answer is: Wrist aches and pains are very common for beginners. Students can avoid excess wrist pressure by spreading the fingers wide and grounding the weight evenly through all four corners of the palms. This prevents all the weight from being dumped onto the wrists and provides a more even foundation.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should attend a yoga class before practicing at home.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Starting out on your own can be risky because some poses, if done incorrectly, could potentially harm your neck, back and shoulders. Take a class first so that a professional instructor can show you how to do the poses correctly.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: You need to know the names of yoga poses before taking a yoga class.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While it's smart to familiarize yourself with yoga poses before a class, you do not need to know the names of the poses to begin a practice. Your teacher will provide instructions to guide you into each pose, and over time you will pick up the names of the poses.

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