Your Health Report: Is Yoga Dangerous?
There's been a lot of talk lately about the possible dangers of yoga. But enthusiasts say if practiced properly, the ancient art of healing can give you flexibility, help your mental and physical state, and alleviate stress.
But you've got to know what you're doing.
Natasha Curry has more in Your Health Report...
Marshall Sanders has been a registered yoga instructor for five years and has enjoyed yoga since he was a teen. So when reports of yoga-related injuries such as strained backs, slipped discs, muscle injuries and sprains began to pop up in the news, Sanders knew what the problem was- people were not being trained properly.
Sanders said, "A lot of people will go buy DVD's and buy books and without that special touch and guidance from a teacher, it's really hard to know if you're getting the poses accurately."
And doctors will agree. Like any new activity, participants must learn to do it correctly. And people also have to take their overall health into consideration.
Neil Ruiz has been a yoga student for about three years. It's helped him with job stress, and previous injuries. he says a smaller yoga class helped. When you go one on one, or maybe one on two you get that attention to learn how to do the asanas correctly.
Experts say look for a certified yoga studio, and start slow because there are different degrees of yoga. Instructors recommend that you gradually work into a program that is comfortable for you. And talking to your doctor about taking yoga is best.
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