Should you tell your doctor you practice yoga?

Yes, according to Dr. Timothy McCall who is an editor on Yoga Journal.

Even though you doctor probably doesn’t know much about yoga, there are some safety issues that deserve discussion.

First, bring a book that illustrates the postures you typically do. This can help your physician make a more accurate assessment of risks and benefits.

Risky conditions

  • Pregnancy
  • Strained back
  • Muscle pull
  • Sore shoulder

Risk factors to discuss

  • Family medical history
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Certain medicines
  • High blood pressure
  • Certain eye problems
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma

None of these is an absolute contraindication to yoga. They’re just considerations to ensure that you get the most out of being a yogi.

Read Dr. McCall’s article here.

12/31/06 11:07 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.