Every time before the yoga lessons, I’ve always thinking about soreness of muscles and tiredness of my body. “I’m so sore from yesterday’s yoga class, and kind of tired. Hmm….should I practice again or just rest?”
Have you ever debated whether you should go into the class or not? I had an experience like this…I kept thinking about it for a long time, I ended up attending the class and finally, I got sick or hurt my muscle….
From my experience, the simplest answer is ” Ask your body” But I would like to share some tips when you are very sore.
The soreness you are feeling is most-likely a sign of tissue damage. But damage is a bad thing, right? Well, yes and no. Obviously, we don’t want to hurt our bodies’ connective tissues, but at the same time, it’s impossible to drastically increase your flexibility without some soreness.
I think true flexibility and strength of the muscles gains are all about DAMAGE CONTROL. So here are 4 things to keep in mind when you are really aching.
If you are so sore that even 15 minutes into class or practice, then you should stop and rest for at least 2 days.
If the soreness goes away after 15 minutes of yoga practice, then you are OK, but go slowly and don’t try to make any flexibility gains. Go into all your poses at about 80% of your max, and be careful not to aggravate the affected area.
When you’re really sore, the aim of that day is not to attend the lesson or improve flexibility, just simply to maintain and massage the sore area.