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dizziness and "the spins" after yoga class?

RaisinGirl2010-07-04 21:13:19 +0000 #1
Hi everyone,

I just took my second yoga class on Saturday, and I've been really loving it so far... mainly because of the calm and supportive environment. (Over the past several months, I lost 48 pounds with healthy vegetarian diet and some cardio, and I've felt a little bit self-conscious about group exercise).

Anyway... during my last class, toward the end we did a pose where we started out lying on our backs and then sort of peeled our spines away from the mat so our legs were up over our heads with our butts in the air - like, I was lying on my back but looking at my knees. (Sorry, I'm not familiar with the names of all the positions yet).

Afterwards, I felt like I was spinning and when I tried to get up off the mat later, I kind of blacked out (for a really short time). I'm concerned now because it's been 2-3 days since the class and I'm still having some dizziness - kind of stumbling when I go from lying/sitting to standing. I was wondering if this is normal for newbies or if I should be concerned about it?

I think I'm generally in pretty good shape - you know, good cholesterol and blood pressure, I eat well, I run - so I'm not sure why I'm experiencing this?

Any ideas or input would be much appreciated (I'm hoping to go back to class in a couple days).


xela2010-07-04 21:16:28 +0000 #2
I believe the pose you're talking about is Salamba Sarvangasana or Shoulderstand. There was another thread about someone feeling a bit awkward afterwards as well.

Check this out:

-- PS...welcome to the forum! I'm so glad you enjoy your yoga practice and CONGRATS on losing all that weight!!!
David2010-07-04 21:54:52 +0000 #3

If you're still having dizziness a few days after the class, I suggest you head to the doctor for a thorough examination. Hopefully it's nothing so don't get worried, but it's always best to be safe about such things and the peace of mind that comes from a clean bill of health is worth the time.




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