March 29, 2016
In an article in The Guardian on the 14th of January they talked about the pros and cons of the yoga world after an article being released in the New York Times stated:
A $5bn industry is outraged over a New York Times article saying that the keep fit regime is bad for your body”
Both articles have quite valid points and I would like to clarify these so that it leaves no confusion.
Like all forms of exercise there are risks involved, quite often it’s not the exercise itself but the execution of the exercise. A pose done incorrectly can cause injury whether it be yoga, Pilates, running, or weights, just because you may injure yourself doing a pose doesn’t mean the act of it is the problem.
The Guardian states:
“The offending article, which appeared across several pages of the paper’s prestigious Sunday magazine, was written by senior science writer William Broad. In it, he alleged that students and even “celebrated teachers” were injuring themselves “in droves” by over-ambitious and under-taught yoga moves.”
Unfortunately I agree slightly with this comment, injuries occur when you get back too quickly into exercise or when you are changing your exercise regime. If you have ever been in a yoga class there can be a lot of egos and its quite competitive. Students feel they have to do better and push themselves, that’s when injuries occur, doing a pose further than what your body is ready for.
Have you visited the gym recently? Most people using weights aren’t using the correct technique and are using weights way too heavy! I know as I use to be a personal trainer before coming a chiropractor.
The article then goes on to say:
Anatomy experts also warn – as did Broad’s article – about the risks of inverted poses, which can strain cervical vertebrae or restrict blood flow into the head, either acutely or progressively.
In India, where yoga originated from, everyone started yoga from when they were kids, therefore they get to strengthen the body as its growing which is a really healthy way to do it. What concerns me is the adults who have never done a head stand that can most possibly have an underlying neck issue, then think it’s a good idea with the encouragement from the yoga teachers who have no real expertise in neck issues. You have to build strength with simple postures before EVER trying this, which most yoga instructors seem to skip. I advise my clients never to do a headstand or shoulder stand if they haven’t had any previous yoga training. Lets face it you wouldn’t get an adult to start gymnastics and not start from the basics before building the core basic strength in the spine, this takes YEARS.
The article then went on to say:
“A neck pushed forward one inch in front of the plumb line of correct alignment – common with slumped posture – is already putting seven pounds of stress on the cervical spinal column,” he said. When these people flipped into a shoulder stand, or bent their legs back over their heads in “plough pose”, there was a greater risk of injury, he said.”
I do agree with this statement as well!
So lets get real about yoga, I am an absolute fan of yoga, the benefits it gives to your body are outstanding. I’ve been doing yoga for 15 years and continue to practice it every week, 4 times a week. Here are some important aspects about yoga to be careful of:
Yoga has so many benefits that it would be a shame that people are scared off it, just make good choices!
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