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Yoga FAQs (cont.)

Are yoga classes safe?

Yes. Yoga classes are generally safe. However, attend one or two trial sessions before making the decision. It is appropriate to ask the teacher how many years of teaching experience he or she has.

Do I need special equipment for yoga practice?

Hardly. All you need is a nonslip yoga mat that is long enough to lay fully stretched on your back.

Are there any other helpful guidelines for yoga practice?

Yes, some additional guidelines are as follows:

  • Wear light, comfortable clothing.
  • Choose a quiet and peaceful environment.
  • Practice barefoot, remove contacts, remove wrist watch and jewelry, and tie up long hair.
  • Do some warm-up exercises before asanas.
  • Start at the appropriate level. Do not force yourself into difficult postures. Go at your own pace.

Do I need to be on a vegetarian diet to benefit from yoga?

No. You can derive benefit from yoga without a special vegetarian diet. However, for the most complete yoga experience, a vegetarian diet is preferred. Vegetarian yogic foods are felt to calm the mind and sharpen the intellect. These foods supply the utmost energy and are digested easily.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/28/2016
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