Yoga Can Twist You Up in All the Wrong Ways

More practitioners means more injuries, report shows.

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Many say yoga is a great cure for what ails ya—but, it seems, it can also tie your body up in knots.

The New York Times reports the fast-growing popularity of the practice means injuries are becoming more common.

“Today many schools of yoga are just about pushing people,” yoga instructor Glenn Black tells the newspaper. “You can’t believe what’s going on—teachers jumping on people, pushing and pulling and saying, ‘You should be able to do this by now.’ It has to do with their egos.”

Yoga can be at the root of serious problems, from back and neck pain to hip issues and brain injuries, the Times notes. Kinda makes us long for the good ole days of jogging-related knee problems.

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First Published January 17, 2012

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