If you have been injured in an accident that occurred while you were practising yoga, or during a yoga class, you may need to seek yoga injury advice. Yoga can be quite physically demanding, and injuries are not uncommon. In some cases these are part of the learning or practice process and are nobody’s fault, but in other cases they are due to negligence on the part of the instructor or the provider of the premises in which the yoga class takes place. If you believe that you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you might be able to make a claim for compensation, and the specialist lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline can help.
Yoga is an ancient discipline that has been used for millennia by those seeking health, vitality, and spiritual enlightenment. Today, yoga is seen primarily as a form of exercise, and yoga classes take place in village halls and leisure centres up and down the UK on a daily basis. Many yoga classes are primarily focused on relaxation and/or breathing exercises, but some people choose to attend more strenuous classes in pursuit of the toned body and health benefits that these forms of yoga can help provide.
There are a number of different types of yoga currently being taught and practised in the UK, some of which can be very physically demanding indeed. The most popular forms of yoga include:
- Hatha yoga, which is usually gentle and focuses on basic poses.
- Vinyasa or ‘flow’ yoga, which is a step up in pace from Hatha, but still quite gentle.
- Ashtanga or ‘power’ yoga, which is fast-paced and physically demanding. ‘Power’ yoga uses slightly different poses from Ashtanga, but they are fundamentally similar.
- Lyengar yoga, which focuses on alignment and demands stamina. This form of yoga often involves props that are used to bring the body into alignment.
- Kundalini yoga, which focuses on breathing in conjunction with yoga poses.
- Bikram or ‘hot’ yoga, which takes place in a room where the temperature is 35 to 38 °C, i.e. very hot indeed. The heat is used to help relax tight muscles and encourage sweating, which is seen as a cleansing process.
Even the gentlest forms of yoga have some risk for injury associated with them, while others can pose quite considerable risks. Ashtanga/power and Bikram/hot yoga are particularly challenging, and can be dangerous for some people. However, most individuals who participate in yoga classes will have assessed the risks involved and avoided those types of yoga that are unsuitable for them personally. They will also take precautions – such as wearing suitable clothing and footwear – to minimise any risk. In fact, most reputable yoga teachers will insist on this.
While most yoga instructors are well trained and capable, unfortunately some are not; when even a well prepared, thoughtful pupil steps into a class taught by someone without proper training and qualifications, the consequences can be serious, and even catastrophic. If not properly taught and supervised, yoga can cause strains, muscle tears, ligament damage, back pain, and a range of other physical damage which may have effects that last for years.
Accident Advice Helpline is one of the UK’s top personal injury specialist law firms. We have been in operation since 2000, and we pride ourselves on our customer service and on guiding our clients through the personal injury claims process, making it as hassle free as possible. If you feel that you have suffered a yoga-related injury due to improper instruction or poorly maintained facilities, we can help.
If you have suffered a yoga injury, and you believe it to be somebody else’s fault, call Accident Advice Helpline today on our 24/7 phone number and get the expert yoga injury advice you need. The call is free so you have nothing to lose, and potentially a great deal to gain.
Date Published: October 19, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Other sporting accident claims