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4 Things To Do To Avoid Feeling Dizzy in Your Yoga or Pilates Class

February 7th, 2012 · 3 Comments ·


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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


  3. 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.
  4. 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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  • tmy // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    breathing is very important in yoga. When the instructor asked you to inhale before you come up, they did not ask you to do that without a reason. Supposedly when your head is down in poses like downward dog or forward bend, remember to inhale as you come up. This will send oxygen to your brain as you come up, then you wont feel the dizziness :)

  • soheila // Jul 27, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    I am practicing yoga for more than 5 years and pilates about a year. I recently feel pressure in my brain (not head rush which I often have but more like a headache or tension) just during practice and mostly in down dog at yoga or when we keep neck off the ground in pilates. I have low blood pressure but this pain is new to me and I am afraid there is a serious concern. BTW, I feel such pain after a severing cardio like cycling class. Do you know what could be the reason?

  • Mun // Jul 28, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Hi there, to be on the safe side, perhaps you want to do a consult your doctor.

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