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Health Tip: Before Giving Yoga a Try

- While yoga is a relatively safe form of exercise, you should take precautions, especially if you're just beginning.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these recommendations to practice yoga safely:

  • If you have any medical condition, don't try yoga without consulting your doctor first.
  • Learn the proper technique from a certified yoga instructor.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Be sure to warm up before starting your yoga routine.
  • Start out slowly, making sure that you are performing each move and position correctly.
  • Stop if you start to feel uncomfortable or notice pain.

Posted: February 2008

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