Thursday, January 12, 2012

can yoga wreck your body?

if not done properly;
if your teacher isnt activly correcting;
OR if you are put together like a unique individual....



THE NEW YORK TIMES had an article called

"How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body"

based on an interview & information from a veteran yogi, Glenn Black.

he speaks quite eloquently about the common, severe injuries that are attained from yoga postures.

your neck:
can stretch backward 75 degrees, forward 40 degrees and sideways 45 degrees, and it can rotate on its axis about 50 degrees.

in yoga:
practitioners typically move the vertebrae much farther, close to 90 degrees

"Extreme motions of the head and neck, Russell warned, could wound the vertebral arteries, producing clots, swelling and constriction, and eventually wreak havoc in the brain. The basilar artery, which arises from the union of the two vertebral arteries and forms a wide conduit at the base of the brain, was of particular concern. It feeds such structures as the pons (which plays a role in respiration), the cerebellum (which coordinates the muscles), the occipital lobe of the outer brain (which turns eye impulses into images) and the thalamus (which relays sensory messages to the outer brain). Reductions in blood flow to the basilar artery are known to produce a variety of strokes. These rarely affect language and conscious thinking (often said to be located in the frontal cortex) but can severely damage the body’s core machinery and sometimes be fatal. The majority of patients suffering such a stroke do recover most functions. But in some cases headaches, imbalance, dizziness and difficulty in making fine movements persist for years."

upward bow & shoulder stand are basic examples of how:if not taught properly....or supervised when learning...can be tremendously dangerous, as with operating heavy machinery.

ligaments, tendons & muscles stretch to an extent. when heated & manipulted more than usual they will give more than normally. that doesnt mean it is a good thing.
take a look at how many yogis have back problems & hip replacements.

obviously these are extereme cases, but THEY DO HAPPEN

hips, shoulders, low backs & muscles all sit & operate differently per person.
so why woudl you sit on someones back and force their hips in to a position they would not normal ever get to, even in the most warm, pliable states?

his theory goes along with mine, everyone's body is different.
you cannot assume as an instructor that all your clients are alike, so you shouldnt train them that way.

dont you wish that all wellness coaches understood that?

i thought the premise of yoga with patience & gratitude

the very core of yoga is about the practice, that the body is different from day to day. to be kind & listen to your intuition. yes, i agree that you should take yourself to that edge of what is comfortable BUT the ego should never take over.

these days & esp in LA yoga egos are ALL AROUND.

do yourself a favor & read this article.

know your limits
and know your weaknesses


take a yoga class
be kind to your body
find your edge
ask questions
speak up

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