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Hints & Caution for the Practice of Yoga

            Hints & Caution   

  for the Practice of Asanas 




Asanas should be practiced in a clean, airy and well-lit room.  The floor should be level.  If it is not possible to practice indoors, you may practice on level ground outdoors.



The best time to practice asanas is in the morning before breakfast or in the evening before dinner.



Do not practice asanas immediately after eating.  Let two to three hours pass after eating a meal, and wait at least one or two hours after eating a snack.



All you require for Yoga is a yoga mat (recommend) or a folded blanket or bath towel.



Take a bath if possible, and go to the toilet before you begin your practice.  Do not wear shoes or socks while doing the asanas.



When you are sick you must rest.



People with heart problems, high blood pressure and hypertension should go for yoga therapy class and not this normal yoga class as they are not allowed to do many asanas.  Please let your teacher know if you have any illnesses.



Children below 8 years of age will not be able to accurately perform certain asanas, because their bodies have yet to develop. 



Don’t force yourself to breathe deeply or to hold your breath while doing the asanas.  Breathe normally while doing asanas.




Menstruation :

Avoid asanas during the heaviest menstrual period (first 3 days) if you think your body is not well enough to do.  When you have your menstrual period never do upside-down poses.  You may do all the other poses.  However, do consult your teacher.


Pregnancy :

Avoid practice yoga if you are a new learner during the first three months of pregnancy. Most of the asanas can be practiced during pregnancy if you are a regular practicer.  All the standing poses and the forward bending asanas may  be done with mild movements, for at this time the spine should be made strong and elastic and no pressure should be felt on the abdomen.  Some asanas will strengthen the pelvic muscles and the small of the back and also reduce labour pains considerably.  Pranayama without retention may be practiced throughout pregnancy, as regular deep breathing will help considerably during labour.


After delivery :

No asanas should be done during the first month after delivery.  Thereafter they may be practiced mildly.  Three months after delivery all asanas may be practiced with comfort.



Be alert, attentive and watchful when you practice.

Watch your teachers carefully, pay attention to their instructions.