In one of my yoga classes yesterday, I had a new student ask me if it was normal that she felt dizzy.

The answer is yes!

During yoga it is normal to experience some sort of physical release. As Beth Shaw explains in her book, “Yogafit,” we can experience nausea, lightheadedness, dizziness, muscle cramps, tingling sensations and flatulence. I wrote a very popular blog on “Farting in Yoga Class.”  Hey, it happens!

In fact, all of these symptoms can be experienced during any form of physical exercise.  This student in particular exercises regularly but this was her first yoga class so even if you are in shape, when you try something new, you can still have a physical release that is foreign to you.

When the sesations arise it is important to rest and not push yourself further. I tell students that during the class if I do anything that makes them uncomfortable to return to a resting position and just work on their breath. With continued practice, these sensations will usually disappear. As Beth explains they are often a result of a release in stress and tension.

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, many of us are unaware that stress is impacting our health and it is only when we actually take the time to slow down and remember what being “calm” actually feels like, that we notice the difference.

Also, most of us are not breathhing well during exercise or life in general. Our lungs have a huge capacity but we are only using the top third.  Learning how to breathe deeply can also bring on some lightheadedness.

The only time you need to worry about the above symptoms is if they persist. Then you would need to ask your health care professional for further advice.

I hope that this helps.

Have a great day everyone,
Beth