4 Tips to Cure Dizziness during Yoga

Recently I’ve had a couple of students ask me about feeling dizzy during yoga. Vinyasa Yoga or Flow Yoga has a lot of postures that reverse your blood flow more rapidly than classic Hatha yoga. Moving from Standing forward bend (Uttanasana) to Mountain pose (Tadasana) can cause dizziness if you stand up too quickly.

Basically any transition that goes from a standing forward bend that is held for longer than an minute to standing posture can cause dizziness for those who already have low blood pressure.

If you tend to get dizzy here are some modifications you can try. 

1. When coming up from a forward bend, come through a half-lifted position and stay there for a breath. Firm your leg muscles, this will pump blood towards the heart. Also come up on an inhale.

2. If you still suffer from dizziness, skip some of the forward bends in vinyasa and stay in the half-lifted position longer and step back to plank from there. Also, you can take more Child’s Poses instead of Downward Dogs each time.

3. Instead of taking Standing Wide Legged Forward Bend (Prasarita Padatonasana) take a seat. Just sit down and enjoy the wide legged seated bend instead.

4. Deep breathing can also contribute to dizziness. Continue to breath, but take a more normal breath. Make sure not to hold the breath, because this can cause dizziness as well.

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