We all know that yoga is good for us generally, but what exactly are the benefits—and the risks—to our health as a result of our practice? We found an article over at WebMD that goes into great detail about the rewards of yoga, and what you need to do to avoid injury. Of course, it's especially important to pay attention to staying safe when you're doing online yoga videos, since there's no instructor on hand to look out for potential problems.
Practiced correctly, yoga offers a wide range of rewards. Yoga makes us stronger and more flexible, it improves posture, often increases lung capacity, is good for heart and our mental health, and can even have a positive effect on memory and learning.
But don't dismiss the possibility of injury. WebMD recommends several steps you can take to stay safe, and also lists several medical conditions which can increase the risk of injury in certain poses. Make sure you check it out. Poses involving extension of the neck, such as plow and shoulder stand, can be especially dangerous. Don't attempt these unless you are an experienced practitioner.
Have fun, be healthy and be careful!