Are there medical counterindications for yoga practice?
The only counterindication for yoga is death. But there are important aspects, that must be taken into account by each decent yoga teacher and all the yogi. E.g. having scoliosis one should not do rotations, having problems with the neck, high blood pressure, detachment of the retina impendance one should be very careful with the upside-down asanas, or exclude them from the practice at all. In each case of some desease or health problem there are some special aspects. You concsious approach is the guarantee for safe and healthy yoga practice.
Can I practice yoga if I have my period?
It is absolutely fine to come to class at any time during your menstrual cycle. However, we encourage you to take a more gentle approach, especially during the first 3 days. You should avoid all strong tummy work and inversions. In any case, please inform your teacher about your period before the class and you will be offered alternative asanas.
Are there any restrictions for the pregnant? How long can pregnant attend yoga classes, which are not specially designed for the pregnant?
Pregnancy is neither a desease, nor a pathology. It is a normal state for a woman’s body. If the pregnancy is normal there’s no restrictions. However, we suggest pregnant women should discuss all their phisical activities with their gynecologists. It’s possible to attend classes not designed for the pregnant as long as it’s comfortable for you. Your body will tell you when to switch to special prenatal yoga classes. Sometimes you teacher can also help you to choose.
Is it possible to practice yoga for christians?
Yes. it’s possible. Yoga is not a religion, it’s a technique of physical movements leading to improved health. There’s a system of moral principles which is a part of yoga. And it coinsides with the basic christian principles. If yoga has a belief system, it’s simply to become more connected to your body. Religion is a personal issue for each person.
How often should I practice yoga?
It is optimal to practice yoga everyday with one day in a week for rest. But let’s be realistic - 2-3 times a week is enough to feel positive effect of yoga.
Can I eat or drink water before the class?
It’s better to eat not less than 2-3 hours before the class. It’s ok to drink water immediately before the beggining of the class - but it’s better to drink water 30 minutes before.
Can I practice yoga wearing socks?
Yes, you can. If it’s more comfortable for you. you can leave your socks on. However, the asanas are proposed to be done with bare feet and it can probably be not very comfortable for you to stay in some asanas
Can I do yoga if I like to go out with my friends for a couple of glasses of wine?
Yes, you can still enjoy a glass or 2 (or even 3) of wine and be a yogi. Over time you may find yourself naturally leaning towards a healthier lifestyle, but there is no requirement to change.
Can I do yoga if I smoke?
Yes, you can. Smoking is not a counterindication for yoga. Moreover it can turn out to be easier for you to lessen the number of your daily sigarettes or even to stop smoking with yoga. Please inform your teacher about your smoking - it can be important for the reason of the pranayamas practice (breathing techniques).
Can I do yoga if I have fever?
It’s better for you to skip the class. Phisical activities with fever exert additional stress on your heart-vascular system (and not only on it) and can do harm instead of profit. Besides, you can infect other people, therefore breaking one of the basic yoga rules - not do harm.