Thursday, 6 October 2011

Can I do Yoga?

Q1. Can anyone do yoga?
Yes, just anyone can do yoga! Yoga is for everyone: young or old, male or female, healthy or sick. Yoga is suitable for individuals of all ages, and of any ethnic, linguistic, or religious background. Yoga can always be adapted to your individual needs, whatever circumstances.
Q2. Can children practice yoga?
Yes, children can also practice yoga. As pointed out earlier, yoga can be practiced by people of any age, taking into account your physical limitations.
Q3. How can yoga benefit my child?
Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface.
Q4. Who should not practice yoga?
There is no restriction as to who can or who cannot practice yoga. Yoga can be practiced by anyone. It is suitable for people of any age, ethnicity, or religion. However, if you are suffering from any medical problem or recovered from an injury or operation, it is advisory to consult a doctor before taking up yoga, since yoga may or may not be right for you. It is also necessary to inform the instructor of your health before attending a session.
Q5. Is it ever too late to start practicing Yoga?
There is no age for yoga; you can start at any age and at any time of life. Yoga can be practiced at all ages above twelve 12 years. It can be practiced at the age of 80, years. But one should do only those asanas that are suitable to one's physical conditions.
Q6. Can I practice yoga even if I have knee trouble?
Yoga can actually strengthen the knee joints, making them better, but there are certain precautions one has to take. In standing poses, put most of your weight on the back leg, keeping it strong and straight. Do not attempt lotus pose. Practice virasana, hero's pose often. If your knees hurt a lot in this pose, prop yourself up on a few blankets.
Q7. I've got a bad back - is it OK to do yoga?
Almost certainly, but get your GP's OK first. Doctors and osteopaths often recommend yoga for back problems. However, the term "bad back" can cover a multitude of problems from a minor muscular spasm to major degenerative damage to the discs and/or vertebrae. If you suffer from serious degenerative problems you may need to modify or omit certain postures. If you suffer from chronic pain (whatever the cause), it is particularly important to consult your physician and/or physiotherapist before you begin. If you have been given the green light, it's still important to check in with the yoga teacher before class to let them know about your injury or illness.
Q8. Can I do yoga if I am pregnant?
Yes, but there are certain precautions. Yoga must be carefully tailored to the needs and abilities of the pregnancy. Yoga is a great way to keep fit during pregnancy. In particular it can help strengthen the pelvic area, normalize thyroid functioning and blood pressure, and help keep you calm and relaxed -- all of which is good for the baby, too. In general, however, you want to avoid strain, compressing the belly or abdomen and inverted postures, especially in the later stages.


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