A purported rise in yoga-related injuries in the United States has stimulated a firestorm of discussion in the yoga community, as well as a national media blitz. Over the past 20 years, yoga has expanded in popularity in the U.S. and throughout the world, bridging the gap from young to old, novice to athlete, healthy to disease-ridden and wealthy to underprivileged. While this growth is generally considered positive, the same is not true of an increase in yoga-related injuries. This continuing education quiz examines what may be contributing to the claimed surge in injuries, looks closely at the statistics, and offers expert tips on how to cultivate a safer teaching and practice environment.
After reading these articles, you should be able to:
- Discuss the claimed increase in yoga-related injuries in relationship to the increase in the number of yoga participants overall.
- Describe what experts think are some of the contributing factors to yoga-related injuries.
- List specific tips for improving the safety of yoga asana practice.
- Describe proactive steps that yoga instructors can take to enhance their students’ well-being during classes.
- Identify key principles from yoga philosophy--as outlined in the yamas and niyamas--that, if applied to asana practice, can reduce the risks of injuries.