Staying safe is important, even in Yoga. Below are some tips on how to make sure your Yoga practice starts, and remains, safe and progressive. If you have concerns, you can talk with your Yoga teacher about where to get more information. You should also check with your doctor, especially if you have any chronic conditions or injuries which might need special consideration.
Listen to Your Body – As you know, we all have different types of bodies and we all have different levels of experience in Yoga and other activities. Find your own comfort zone. Stay in it.
High or Low Blood Pressure – Be cautious in several types of poses: inversions (headstand, shoulderstand, downward dog — any pose where your head is below your heart). Also, be cautious of coming out of inversion, or from sitting to standing, too quickly.
Neck Problems – Everyone should be gentle with the neck, but it is especially important if you have known neck issues. Be cautions with certain poses like shoulderstand, plow, and fish. You can let the teacher know the nature of your neck problems and they should be able to show you how to modify or substitute the pose.
Knees – In general any pain in the knees is a signal that you should re-adjust your pose. Tight hips often create pain in the knees and you should re-position so that you feel some stretch in the hips and not in the knees.
Wrists – Wrists are fairly fragile and if you feel any pain in, you should back off the pose or find a variation. Wrists will strengthen over time, and need to be taken care of until they become strong again.
Injuries or Surgery – talk with your doctor about how yoga can be a part of the healing process. Let the yoga teacher know so they can provide some modifications for your situation.
I hope this helps — we want your yoga experience to be a safe, and invigorating practice!
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