Yes, Yoga Can be Dangerous!

Yes, Yoga Can be Dangerous!

Lately body fitness through several exercise regimes has become the mantra of our populace, especially women. And I’m sure many “conscious” people call Yoga, the ultimate fitness strategy. To shock them, New York Times recently published an article advocating otherwise. It says, that stretching the body parts unnecessarily is an unhealthy practice!

Nevertheless, when it comes to yoga exercise; a preconceived notion is that it’s all about stretching out for the better. Two Reasons why Yoga has emerged as the most popular practice across the world are:

Anyone can learn it easily: Yes! Stretching the vital signs is considered imperative in one’s life therefore stretching to a certain or extent level on regular basis makes muscles powerful and strong. Yoga exercise is not only about muscles but a Yogi learns to control breathing. This means it harnesses the physical performance and regulates the eupnoea cycle.


Keeps Physically Active: Young people enjoy its remarkable effects and they’re fond of yoga poses because they feel physically active with a relaxed mental piece all due to better blood circulation flowing inside the body. From school children to college students; they all love to do yoga.
Origin of Yoga:
The word ‘yoga, originally comes from Sanskrit which means to follow physical, mental, and spiritual principals to exercise the body parts by stretching in various forms. Yoga began gaining coin in ancient India. Hindu philosophy is opulent with yoga instructions and awareness of mental developments.
In this part of the world, yoga is a tradition and it has been handing-down by Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism decedents. For many years, yoga was considered, specifically as an ascetic practice carried out only by Buddhist witch-doctors, monks and/or shuls’ priests that used to live far away from public places.
 The Difference between Modern and Ancient Yoga Practices:

People consider yoga as fitness workout evolution and they regard recent gurus its innovators but the reality bears the witness that yoga of today entails a lot about philosophy, mysterious meditation in opening the precognitive human eye, and enhancing the Hindu grand priests and kings’ physical ability to enjoy corporal indulgence over a maximum life period. Most especially, yoga practice is about 3,000 years old. Digging out seals from ancient Hindu ruins, discoveries of yoga life-and-practice depicted ornaments date back to the third millennium B.C.E.; however, modern yoga that we know today is called Jain yoga. It is this yoga that forbids sensual activities and its sets of postures make its practitioner relinquish licentious
worldly matters at the most in keeping up the perfect health and sensible psyche.
Yoga, in Actuality:

Generally, it’s now everywhere that yoga practiced basically for correcting and protecting physical and mental injuries. Over the course of consistent studies and evolutions; Western techniques, in controlling breaths and making perfect physique, has been merged into yoga. Anywhere, there is fitness programs offered by the individual or institutions; yoga is always included as part of it. To learn yoga, today, is not anymore mysterious or required elaboration as thousands of how-to books, manuals and online guides are available anytime..



The NewYork time article was written by a man who had wrecked his back practicing yoga postures and a Yoga guru who held an opinion that Yoga should be only practiced by people in good health or it may have harmful effects contrary to the popular notion that Yoga can only be a healing agent.  The British Medical Journal and The Journal of the American Medical Association shed light on the fallouts of performing yoga ranged from “relatively mild injuries to permanent disabilities. In one case, a male college student, after more than a year of doing yoga, decided to intensify his practice. He would sit upright on his heels in a kneeling position known as vajrasana for hours a day, chanting for world peace. Soon he was experiencing difficulty walking, running and climbing stairs.”



Also, in an article published in one of the journals, Oxford neurophysiologist, W. Ritchie Russell argued, “ While rare, some yoga postures threatened to cause strokes even in relatively young, healthy people. Russell found that brain injuries arose not only from direct trauma to the head but also from quick movements or excessive extensions of the neck, such as occur in whiplash — or certain yoga poses.”


With this and a plethora of information out there on the web, today’s health conscious people should shed the pre-conceived ideals of Yoga being anything but good. Instead a careful approach after consultation with a physiotherapist and nutritionists should be adapted before Yoga or any such exercise is undertaken.

Nauman Ansaari

A contributor for The News/Geo blogs

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