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Any time you fill a prescription medication at the pharmacy, the bag (or box if you prefer mail order) containing your medication will also include a package insert. The package insert contains important information such as how to take the medication, what side effects you may experience and other important safety information:


a condition or factor that serves as a reason to withhold a certain medical treatment due to the harm it would cause the patient


Seek medical advice prior to beginning yoga practice. Contraindications vary depending on the type & location. Some cancers involve no restriction. Others demand extreme caution.


Extended relaxation or seated meditation and intensive breathing exercises because they can trigger seizures. Short periods of relaxation is appropriate.


(glaucoma, detached retina, conjunctivitis):Do not practice inversions or any posture with the head below the heart as this can increase eye pressure & can cause injury.


Avoid inversions if you have any of these conditions: unmedicated &/or severe high blood pressure, acute urinary tract infection, common cold, sinus problem, ear inflammation and recovering from stroke

This is not an all inclusive list. Make sure you seek advice from your healthcare provider to understand any conditions you have that could affect your yoga practice. Always share any limitations or underlying conditions when working with a yoga instructor. Do not abruptly discontinue medication or reduce dose without consulting with your healthcare provider.



The Principles and Practice of Yoga and Healthcare ~ Sat Bir Singh Khalsa

Yoga for Depression ~Amy Weintraub

Yoga as Medicine ~Timothy McCall MD

Yoga Rx ~Larry Payne PhD & Dr Richard Usatine

Yoga Skills for Therapists ~Amy Weintraub

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