Is yoga safe for me?
The goal of yoga is to become clear enough in your perceptions that you do not injure yourself -- or, for that matter, harm others -- classical parts of yogic philosophy.
A good teacher should be able to guide you as you explore yoga, but, ultimately, the responsibility is yours to honor your own limits while you explore your potential.
In the great majority of
cases, you should be able to find a class in which you are both comfortable
and growing. You can sample classes to find the right one or ask a teacher
to recommend a class after describing your desires and limitations. If
in doubt, ask your physician whether yoga would be safe for you. Some people
who have had a debilitating illness or injury and those whose schedules
limit the classes they can take may need to take
private lessons, after which they can take home a sequence of poses
tailored to their needs. After a few months of a home practice, it is quite
likely that they will be able to take classes. At that point, the home
practice becomes an additional avenue for personal growth.