One of the draws of yoga is the excitement of being able to twist yourself into new and exciting contortionist-like positions. But flexibility isn’t something you’re born with, and unfortunately, the poses that look the most thrilling are usually the most dangerous. Here are 10 yoga poses that beginners are better off avoiding.
1 of 10 Crane Pose (Bakasana)
In crane pose, you put all your weight onto your arms, palms flat on the floor, and then rest your knees on your elbows while looking straight ahead. Crane pose requires serious balance and strength, and as many who have tried it can attest, you’re going to fall over repeatedly before you get it right. Unfortunately, if you don’t have the needed arm strength to keep yourself elevated, you can fall onto your arms, sprain a wrist, or overbalance, topple forward, and smash your face.
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