Practicing yoga without a mat is like jumping into a pool with your clothes on - it's spontaneous, refreshing, and fun every now and then but gets uncomfortable quickly.

Sometimes it has to happen, though - and for me, that moment was in the midst of my recent move. I was stressed and stiff after a day of heavy lifting. When I couldn't locate my boxed-up mat, I resorted to a quick flow on the hardwood floor.

Instead of feeling relieved, though, I just seemed to irritate my achy joints more.

That's because I wasn't careful when pressing on joints that aren't usually weight bearing, Alice Trieu, a certified-yoga instructor affiliated with the yoga streaming platform Practyce, says - that's the most important part of practicing yoga on hard surfaces.

"Definitely, no jumping back into Plank or Chaturanga. Avoid force or impact across the top and bottom of the metatarsals of the foot by stepping back to Plank and Chaturanga - and flip the feet from Downward to Upward Facing Dog," she adds.

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