Some time ago, I wrote an article on 6 Reasons You May Feel Dizzy During Exercise. I got an e-mail from reader asking about her dizziness in Yoga class. She just started learning Yoga. Whenever she gets up from lying positioning to a vertical position, she suddenly feels dizzy.
This dizziness is also called “head rush” (Orthostatic Hypotension) which is pretty normal for many whenever they stand up too fast. It is a sudden moment of low blood pressure.
- In order to prevent this dizziness from happening, make sure you drink enough water throughout the day, and not just right before the class. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol before your yoga class. For people who practice Hot Yoga (Bikram Yoga), you need to drink more water before the class so that your body will tolerate the heat better.
- Apart from that, practice yoga at the right time. Do not eat before your class. Do not starve yourself too. Empty your bowels and bladder.
- Normally, instructor will advise you to take your time and change the posture slowly. If you are a beginner, no worry, let your body get used to the new routine. Do not expect too much from yourself. Do not even attempt headstand pose on your first class.
- However, if you still experience dizziness pretty often, you should check with your doctor to see whether your blood pressure is too low. I have a friend who only had this “head rush” problem after 3 months of learning yoga. After medical checkup, doctor found out that my friend’s normal blood pressure has actually gone down and no longer need to take her high blood pressure medicine. So, feeling dizzy has led out to a good thing for her.
Hopefully, this article will help you to stand still in your yoga or Pilates class. No more having the feeling of fainting right in the middle of class.
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