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Health Tip: Beginning Yoga

Make sure it's safe

(HealthDay News) -- If you have arthritis and want to start practicing yoga, you'll need to make sure that your routine is safe and effective.

The Harvard Medical School recommends:

  • Avoiding vigorous types of yoga that could injure your joints. Move slowly and easily.
  • Opting for forms of yoga such as Vinyasa or flow, which are less stressful on the joints.
  • Talking to your instructor before your class about your condition and any precautions you should take.
  • Practicing yoga in the afternoon or evening instead of the morning, when your joints may be stiffer.
  • Talking to your doctor about adjusting your yoga movements during flares to accommodate painful joints.
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