In yoga, when we push ourselves into poses or go beyond what feels good, we often stretch ligaments and tendons, making an area where we actually want stability less stable and weaker. This can cause the body to be more prone to injury and pain, or prevent efficient, natural movement.
As a physical therapist, here are seven poses I recommend limiting (or even avoiding) when practicing yoga:
I’ve heard a million times from yoga teachers that it's OK and actually good to feel a very deep, even slightly uncomfortable stretch in your hips, but this is just not true.
Like everywhere else in your body, you want to be careful how much you are stretching here. No need to force yourself into splits. You could end up with a cranky, or even torn, hamstring muscle.
2. Compass Pose