What do you all think about this NY Times article about yoga wrecking your body? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/magazine/how-yoga-can-wreck-your-body….
You can probably replace the term ‘yoga’ for others when inexperienced instructors teach group exercise classes. Every form of exercise can wreck a body if there is a disconnect between the particular exercise and the person attempting it.
Group exercise is especially tricky because the instructors often know very little about the participants’ health history. Usually, we start with a disclaimer, pretty much saying ‘if it hurts, don’t do it’, and then off we go.
I also have to place some blame on the participants themselves. Some approach any form of exercise as a competition, and if the person next to them is doing ‘it’: by golly, they will, too.
Years ago, I heard an IDEA Presenter say that yoga injuries read like the Monday morning injury report of the NFL. Little has changed, and the article did not surprise me in the least.