- Check with your
doctor before beginning a yoga or any other exercises routine,
especially if you are pregnant, have had recent surgery,
or suffer from any chronic medical conditions.
- If your schedule
allows, it may be helpful to practice at the same time and
place everyday to be able to accurately gauge your progress.
- For women, many
yoga books and teachers state to avoid inverted poses during
menstruation. This advice is not accepted by all yoga practitioners,
however, as some think it is basically an old yoga "wives
tale". Click this link from the Yoga
Journal for more on the pros and cons of this issue.
- While there
are many different kinds of gear you can buy for yoga, the
only piece of equipment that is universally recommended
is a nonslip mat, also called a sticky mat. The non stick
feature helps keep your feet in proper position for the
standing poses. A mat that also has thick cushioning is
good for comfort during the poses where you need to lie
down, especially if the place where you practice has a hard
- If you are practicing
first thing in the morning, remember you muscles are going
to be tighter than they are later on in the day, so go easy
at first. Work your way into the more strenuous poses. Muscles
tend to be stiffer in the morning. If you practice one day
in the morning and the next in the evening, trying to gauge
your progress may be like comparing apples and oranges,
since your flexibility starting points will have varied.