Here, I flesh out the story with new information, including how to reduce the danger.
- Read more - A Reading List on Yoga Safety Herewith a list I’ve drawn up of books and articles on how to avoid yoga injuries.
I make no claims for its completeness – or the value of particular recommendations – but offer it simply as an introduction to the growing literature. We all stand to gain from new ways to lower the risks and raise the benefits.
Puzzled by a Contradiction Many teachers praise yoga as a smart way to fight degeneration of the hips and promote joint health.
But I kept hearing of women practitioners – including stars of the yoga circuit – who found themselves in urgent need of hip repairs.
I followed the clues and put my findings in The New York Times.
Over five years, I studied more than a century’s worth of scientific research and interviewed dozens of top authorities to produce this first impartial look at a system of physical and spiritual renewal that arose thousands of years ago.
It distinguishes what’s real, uplifting, and beneficial from what’s flaky and even dangerous.
It casts new light on a burgeoning global industry that has attracted not only curious scientists but waves of true believers and charismatic hustlers.
It shatters myths, lays out unexpected benefits, and offers a compelling vision of how the ancient practice can be improved.
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