Can Yoga Wreck Your Body?
From the desk of Kristen Lutz, LCMT, MS on behalf of OMBE...
A recent article written in the NY Times entitled ‘Yoga Can Wreck Your Body’ has created an out pour of response in the yoga community. The article begins with the writer’s story of injury and upon returning to physical activity, he re-injured himself during a yoga class. From there, the writer interviews a renowned yoga instructor who believes yoga can cause harm and isn’t for everyone. The yoga instructor was quoted as saying, “The vast majority of people should give up yoga altogether. It’s simply too likely to cause harm…because most have underlying physical weaknesses or problems that make serious injury all but inevitable”. The article then describes case studies of individuals who suffered from severe injuries and even stroke as a result of yoga. That’s some pretty serious information to absorb and viewed as extremely controversial. Especially since the number of Americans practicing yoga has risen from 4 million in 2001 to an estimated 20 million in 2011.
We at OMBE feel it is our responsibility to speak openly about the points brought up in the article. We think it’s very important to acknowledge any areas where safety is a concern so that we may better serve our own clients.
Here is where we stand on the concern that yoga isn’t for everyone and can cause harm. We agree! We think it’s absolutely necessary to think twice about any new form of physical activity. You need to weigh the risks and benefits. The same would go if you wanted to learn how to ski. You find a qualified person to teach you, share your medical history, and have all of the right equipment to keep you safe.
OMBE is unique in that we offer a variety of complimentary modalities; all of which play an integral part to the better health and therapeutic goals of each and every client. Two clients may have the same injury however the mechanism of injury and their past medical histories may be completely different. Through a team approach and our specialty in sports therapy and rehabilitation, we can get you to a point where something like yoga is beneficial.
Here is what OMBE can provide to ensure a safe and rewarding yoga experience:
· We take the time and gather full medical histories for all clients – including yoga
· All of our class instructors (yoga, Pilates and personal training) are certified and all of them have a complimentary area of expertise such as exercise science, kinesiology, dance, physical therapy, and rehabilitation sciences
· We offer complimentary 30 minute demos so you can get to know us and we can get to know you prior to starting a class
· Our classes are limited to 6 so you get a lot of one-on-one attention, greatly reducing your risk for injury
When do you know you’re in the wrong yoga class? When your instructor:
· isn’t certified
· tells you that you should be able to do a particular pose by now
· tells you that jumping, pushing, and pulling on you to force you into a pose
· is not able to effectively offer you modifications
· insists you go into a pose when you don’t feel comfortable doing so
Book your FREE 30 Minute Yoga Demo at OMBE. This gives you the opportunity to know if yoga is the right place for you to start. Perhaps other work such as massage or chiropractic would better serve you initially. Either way, let us help you maximize your time and effort, while providing a safe environment.