If you'd like to injure yourself on your yoga mat, please heed the following instructions:
1. Carry your ego and emotional baggage with you into your asana practice.
2. When your body tries to whisper something to you, ignore it until it screams.
3. Focus on the end goal of the pose rather than the foundation and the steps along the journey.
If you follow these basic steps, I cannot guarantee an injury, but I can certainly promise a lack of progress on the path to health, contentment and self-awareness, if not some outright backsliding. I know this, unfortunately, from experience. It is humbling, indeed, that after some 15 years of...