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Safety tips for yoga at your wall


By their nature, walls are hard surfaces. If you are used to practicing yoga without a wall, you may have a tendency at first to inadvertently collide with the wall when you are not expecting it. Here are some other general safety measures to keep in mind:
Move all furniture, pictures, lamps, hanging fixtures, and objects away from the sides, back and in front of you. A safe distance from objects is at least your own height with your arms extended overhead.
Pick a smooth, even wall surface.
Ensure there are no nails in the wall.
Have your yoga props nearby so you don't have to reach for them while you are in a pose. Yoga props such as yoga blocks, a strap, a pillow, and a throw blanket, will add to your experience of the practice.
Use caution when pressing your foot against the wall. In postures like warrior 3 and half moon 2 you do not look at the wall when positioning your foot, so if you are too close to the wall, you could bang your foot during the set up.
Practice with a yoga sticky mat adjacent to the wall to prevent slipping and create a strong foundation in the base of the pose.
When practicing arm balances like the handstand pose, make sure the ceiling is at least as high as your height on tippy toes with your arms extended. This is especially important if you will be practicing in your basement, or in a room with low ceilings.
Practice with a window open so that you can breathe fresh air while you practice.

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