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There are four ways you can modify a yoga posture. Firstly, reduce the effort required to move into the posture. This means keep the limbs, arms and legs close to the center of the body. The further you move the limbs away from the body, the greater the effort is required. Modify by keeping the arms and legs close into the body.
Second, reduce the repetitions. Often in yoga the postures are repeated several times. If you find your body is feeling uncomfortable, that means you need to do less. Reducing the repetitions means you may only do one set, rather than three repetitions.
Third, reduce the time you stay in a position. If you find your body is tensing or your breath is labored, these are signs that you need to come out of the hold. The postures should never cause tension, therefore reduce the time you stay in the hold.
Finally, cease the practice all together if your body does not feel comfortable.
Yoga teaches you to pay close attention to your body. As your practice develops you will notice more and more when your body needs to reduce and modify the postures.