How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body

From the New York Times / July 8, 2013

This article is an oldie but goodie (from 2012) and still as relevant as ever. Yoga has been a growing fad in the past few years that is typically viewed as a safe form of exercise and/or stretching. Although there are potential benefits to practicing yoga such as lowered blood pressure and improved mood among other benefits, a growing body of medical evidence reveals that practicing yoga can be potentially dangerous. As a general guideline, yoga should not be performed by anyone who has any injuries or any known weaknesses. Furthermore, any position that calls for extreme movements of joints of the body and especially of the head, neck, and spine (such as headstands or spinal twists) should be avoided. Forcing oneself into a position that seems unnatural or is uncomfortable is not recommended, and neither is holding any of these unnatural positions for any length of time. Consulting a physical therapist vs. a yoga instructor for any questions is highly recommended due to the lengthy medical education and rehabilitation training physical therapists receive making them highly qualified to advise what is best for each specific body type.

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