If you have suffered an injury due to a yoga-related accident, you may want to consider making a yoga accident claim. At Accident Advice Helpline, we can provide you with professional, reliable advice about your right to file a claim as well as the best way to get the process started.
Various forms of yoga
Yoga is highly popular in the UK, and many forms are taught in a range of settings on a daily basis. However, while yoga has the potential to be highly beneficial, it can also prove to be dangerous; some forms of yoga make extreme demands on the human body and so the potential for injury can be quite high.
Yoga comes in various forms, so it is important to choose a style that suits you. Popular forms of yoga include:
- Hatha yoga.
- Vinyasa yoga.
- Ashtanga, or ‘power’ yoga.
- Lyengar yoga.
- Kundalini yoga.
- Bikram, or ‘hot’ yoga
These different forms of yoga vary greatly in their potential to cause injury, with Hatha and Vinyasa being quite mild and Ashtanga/power and Bikram/hot yoga having perhaps the greatest potential for adverse incidents.
One of the best ways to avoid a yoga-related injury is to ensure that any class you join is taught by a professional, qualified yoga instructor. It is important to find out what training the instructor has, as well as whether they are registered with a national or international yoga organisation. Additionally, you should find out how long they have been teaching yoga, as well as where they received their yoga instructor training. You should also ask to see testimonials from past or present students.
When looking for a yoga class you will want to seek out one that meets your own needs and physical capabilities. Good yoga instructors will advise their students to check out any potential health problems that may affect their well-being during yoga practice with a doctor, and most will ask students to sign a disclaimer stating that they do not have any medical problems that are likely to make practising yoga dangerous for them. No instructor should ever ‘force’ or cajole a student into a pose that causes pain or that the student does not wish to do, as injury can result.
While improperly trained or over-zealous yoga instructors can be responsible for their students being injured, other yoga-related dangers lie not in the instruction but rather in the physical surroundings that yoga is taught in. Unsafe facilities, such as crumbling village halls or poorly-maintained sport centres, can contribute to serious injuries and accidents. Some of the potential injuries include slips on badly-kept floor surfaces or spilled liquids, inadequate lighting, or poorly maintained equipment.
When to file a claim
While for many individuals the weekly yoga class is something that they enjoy and look forward to, for others it can cause serious injuries. Potential yoga injuries include back pain, problems with joints (particularly hips and feet), muscle strains and hyper-extensions (when parts of the body, such as the neck, are stretched further than they ought to be). In very extreme (and unusual) cases, yoga has been linked to strokes and blood clots.
Most people will practise yoga with no problems; however, if you suffer a yoga accident and believe it to be somebody else’s fault, you should call Accident Advice Helpline as soon after you are injured as possible and explore the possibility of making a yoga accident claim. Accident Advice Helpline is one of the UK’s best-known personal injury law firms, and since 2000 we have been helping people just like you claim the compensation they deserve.