Practice Yoga Safely
Although the yoga techniques outlined on this website are gentle, effective and you are most likely to find them beneficial, it is always wise to consult your doctor before taking up a new exercise regime. So if you have any doubts about your suitability to exercise always check with your doctor first.
Please do not exercise if:
- You are feeling unwell.
- You have just eaten a heavy meal.
- You have been drinking alcohol.
- You are in pain from an injury. Always consult your practitioner first as rest may be needed before exercise.
- You have been taking pain killers, as they will mask any warning signs.
- You are undergoing medical treatment or are taking drugs. Again you will need to consult your practitioner first.
- Not all the exercises on this website are suitable during pregnancy. Always consult your practitioner.
Listen to Your Body
Yoga practice encourages us to develop an attitude of kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others. The heart of the practice is about how we feel inside, rather than what our outer achievements are. We are encouraged to be non-competitive in our yoga practice, and that also means not competing with ourselves! When you are holding a yoga stretch it is good to take it to the point of feeling stimulating sensations, however you should never feel alarmed or overwhelmed, and especially you should never push yourself to the point of pain. As you progress in your yoga practice you will get more attuned to listening to your body, and that combined with a gentle awareness of the flow of the breath as you practice, will keep you safe and ensure that your yoga practice promotes good health and a sense of well-being.
Yoga may work better for lower back pain than conventional treatments