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.