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Yoga Precautions

Yoga Precautions

  • Talk to your doctor
    • You should talk to your doctor to make sure practicing yoga will not worsen any conditions you currently have.
  • Never practice any yoga techniques under the influence of alcohol.
  • If you are pregnant, notify the instructor for special guidelines.
  • Never practice any yoga techniques under the influence of mind altering drugs.
  • If you have a disability, consult both with their medical practitioner and their yoga teacher to assess any dangers or difficulties which may occur.
  • There are no hard and fast dietary rules necessary to begin the practice of yoga.
    • You do not have to give up smoking, become vegetarian, or be a purist to learn yoga.
  • During your yoga practice, try to keep your awareness on what you are doing.
    • Try not to be concerned with others in the class or outside the room.
  • Proceed slowly and carefully. Follow the instructions exactly.
  • Never force or strain to get into a specific position. Relax briefly between each practice.
  • Learn to distinguish between pain and sensation.
    • If you are in pain, you should stop.
  • Do not wear heavy perfumes.
    • The effect of heavy perfumes can be overpowering in a yoga environment.
  • If a position is uncomfortable, don't do it.

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