Common Ailments

How yoga can help with common ailments:


The practice of Hatha yoga with preparatory limbering postures, asana (postures), pranayama (breath awareness), meditation and relaxation is often beneficial for many conditions if the sufferer feels strong enough to attend a yoga classs and practise.


British Wheel of Yoga teachers are trained to cater for all students and offer modifications of yoga asana and other practices for certain conditions such as those listed below.  If you suffer from any medical condition, physical or mental, please be sure to tell your teacher and speak to your GP before you start a class - even if you have been practising yoga for years.


Your Yoga Teacher will incorporate modifications and tailor classes that accommodate your individal needs.  Some British Wheel of Yoga teachers offer specialist classes for specific classes for specific conditions.


It may be useful to remember the following advice when practising yoga with the following ailments:Arthritis Care with movement generally if Rheumatoid, avoid exercise when joints are inflamed.


  • Bad Backs avoid large range off movement.  Inform teacher if backbends or forward bends tend to make condition worse
  • Ear Disorders Care with balance, no inverted asana i.e. no asana where the head is placed blow the heart
  • Epilepsy no inerted asana, no strong pranayama and no trataka, i.e. gazing at a meditation object
  • Eye Disorders no inverted asana and no trataka e.g.