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Dear Sir,

1. Should (Asana, Bandha, Nadi Shodhana, Pranayama) be practiced when a person has throat infection or slight cold.
Under what circumstances should the practice be stopped(i.e. during fever, flu-like symptoms, etc). Should it ever be stopped for any kind of illness?

2. What about the practice for women during the menstruation?
Should the practice be stopped just for 3 days, or should it be stopped till there is no more flow.

Heartfelt thanks.

1. The practice stops by itself when there is no Prana (life energy) to perform the said methods, further to illness. As one recovers, the Yogi gradually gets the mind to revert back into practice. One generally does not need to give up the practice under minor conditions of ill-health.

2. As soon as there is cessation of heavy bleeding (after 3 days), the practice can be restarted. However, women can perform meditation, even during the menses, without taking recourse to physical practices & Pranayama.

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