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Occasionally yoga can leave you feeling dizzy or lightheaded — especially if you are new to yoga, resuming practice after a break, or doing unfamiliar poses.

Feeling dizzy can be unpleasant, but shouldn’t be a cause for alarm.

When you practice you are moving a lot of energy around your body so it is normal to have some “surprise” reactions like feeling lightheaded. If you use these 3 tips your mind and body will be balanced and on the level again in no time.

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Just flow with it

Move slowly and steadily through postures

One of the quickest ways to get dizzy is to move abruptly from one posture to another, especially an inversion or a posture where your head is below your heart. Focus on flowing through the postures, making each transition a mindful part of the sequence. Think of gliding from one pose to the next and focus on taking calm, even breaths.

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Stay hydrated!

Hydrate all day

Come to class hydrated. Arriving thirsty and glugging down water isn’t an effective way to hydrate, and it will make you feel worse. If you do drink in class take small sips that won’t overburden your system. Proper hydration ensures your body can cope with the challenges of yoga, especially hot yoga, and will help prevent dizziness.

Eat what you need

There are all sorts of opinions about what and when you should eat. The rule you should follow is do what is right for your body. Low blood sugar can make you feel faint and dizzy. If you experience this a couple of times in class experiment with snacking beforehand. Dates are rich in glucose which is a perfect fast energy boost. Easy to digest foods like porridge, soup, or smoothies are also good options. Don’t overeat, obviously, but be sure to get the energy you need to get through class feeling well.

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