... a list of physical warning signs that would be important to acknowledge:
Pain progression in both intensity and location. A back pain that is located centrally in your spine that starts to spread outward or downward is a warning sign to stop that activity.
Another warning sign is when the area of pain totally changes location from back (spine) to arm or leg.
Pain intensity. Pain is usually quantified on a 0-10 point scale where 0= no pain and 10 is excruciating intense pain. Any pain that moves from negligible, like a 3, to a 6-7, is not something you want to encourage.
Loss of sensation in a limb, an increase of numbness, a tingling, or burning that doesn’t stop once the position is changed.
Increase in a sense of “unease.” You don’t know why this activity is making your nervous, unsettled or agitated, but it would be wise to stop the activity and ask your teacher afterwards.
Any sensation of dizziness, nausea, double vision. These are not symptoms that are a healthy benefit from asana.
Any signs or symptoms of heart racing or feeling that your heart beat feels irregular.
Physical exhaustion. Instead of feeling better as the class progresses, you start to feel more and more exhausted.
Mental exhaustion. yogaforhealthyaging.blogspot.com/2013/04/w
If any of these events occur during a class it would be wise to stop and sit leaning against a wall. Sometimes closing your eyes or going to get a drink of water will be helpful. Other times just stopping and lying down in Savasana will work. Finally, there may be times actually leaving the class is necessary. If this occurs, quietly get up and leave the room. Your teacher may or may not come to talk with you. If he or she does approach you, briefly let the teacher know what is going on with you. If you are concerned about discussing medical issues in front of the class, only discuss what you feel comfortable with. Then, especially if this is a regular class that you attend, consider contacting the teacher afterward to give him or her the complete information. Having complete information about your condition will help your teacher do a better job of making your next experience in class a good one.
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