Yoga Cautions Tips

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Is there only one way to do a posture?

Alternatives

There are many variations to most postures. If you experience pain or discomfort in any posture, remember to stop immediately. Don't force anything; you can find an alternative.

   
What postures should I avoid if I have high blood pressure?

High Blood Pressure

If you suffer from high blood pressure, you should NOT do inverted postures.

These postures increase the bloodflow and can cause serious problems.

   
Can I do yoga if I’m pregnant?

Before You Begin

Pregnant women should always consult with their doctor before beginning a yoga practice.

Yoga can help you adjust to the physical changes your body in undergoing, but it should be undertaken with care.

Even those who were doing yoga before becoming pregnant should discuss continuing their practice with their doctor.

   
Can I start a yoga program even if I have a medical condition?

Physician's Advice

As with any new physical activity, if you have any existing medical problem or condition, you should consult your doctor before undertaking a yoga practice. Yoga may seem simple, but these poses have a strong effect on your muscles and internal organs. If you have any concerns, you should check with your doctor before starting.

   
Are there any poses I shouldn’t do if I’m pregnant?

Poses You Should NOT Do

While yoga can help you adjust to the physical changes you undergo during your pregnancy, there are several poses that you should NOT do.

Mainly these are inverted postures and those that place your weight on your abdomen.

Do NOT do: Bow, Cobra (or the seventh part of the Sun Salutation),Plow, Peacock, Shoulderstand, and Headstand.

   
Can I eat before doing Yoga?

Waiting Time

Yoga exercises exert pressure on the internal organs. So be sure not to eat before practice. If you've eaten a meal, wait at least two hours. If you've eaten a snack, wait 30 minutes to one hour.

   
Can I do Yoga during menstration?

Heavy Flow

During heaviest menstrual flow, you should not do yoga poses. Doing this could cause heavier bleeding because of the pressure the poses exert on internal organs. Instead focus on breathing and meditation on those days.

   
How can I avoid knee injury when doing yoga?

Avoiding Knee Injury

To avoid knee injury when doing yoga, be sure to keep the knees straight (especially in standing poses). The knees should be forward in line with the ankle and foot. Do NOT let them push or twist inward or outward.

   
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