Why do muscles tremble?
Our muscles’ main functions are contracting and stretching. Perfected over millennia of human evolution, this work is performed according to the norm during a usual dynamic load. However, the static load is very specific. We experience it rarely in daily life; so, in asanas, our body is doing something that it has not done before. The muscles are trying to cope with this extra work load in their usual way; therefore, they become tired quickly, and the coherence of muscle fibres is broken. All of this leads to trembling. Additional contributing factors include overwork, stress, lack of sleep, dehydration, etc. So to say, these factors pour oil into the fire.
What to do when trembling occurs?
- Listen to yourself. Continue to perform the asana if you feel that the trembling is only being caused by the load. It is strengthening your body. Stop and move to more gentle postures if such tremors are accompanied by a painful condition or appear as a result of such a condition. Be careful when performing balancing postures.
- Breathe! Try to ‘breath through’ a trembling part of the body. Count breaths; it helps with concentration.
- Direct your attention inward, keep tracking unnecessary stress, and relax as needed. Control your body.
- Do not be shy of others. Remember, you do Yoga not to be better than someone else, but to become better yourself.