Inadequate Yoga knowledge can result in injuries and side effects claims forthcoming Book
Popularity of Yoga in US and Europe increased many folds in the last one decade. The number of Americans doing yoga has risen from about 4 million in 2001 to as many as 20 million in 2011. This means that, there are a lot more Yoga studios and teachers teaching Yoga in US now, than at any time in the past. This makes one to further infer that many of these teachers may be lacking in the deeper knowledge of Yoga. Does this lack of adequate necessary training on the part of Yoga teachers, results in injuries and side-effects in the students?
A forthcoming book (which you can pre-order now) by New York Times senior writer William J. Broad, titled “The Science of Yoga; the Risks and Rewards,’’ claims that Yoga related injuries and side-effects do exist. According to the book, Yoga practice can indeed cause yoga-related injuries, some mild, and others, while rare, quite frightening.
The book warns of yoga-related injuries, some mild, and others, while rare, quite frightening. Brain and nerve damage, degenerated hips, back problems, torn Achilles’ tendons.
As expected, an article published in New York Times, basing itself on the forthcoming book; has received a mixed response. While the claims made in the book, have vindicated the views of non-practitioners of Yoga, who remained averse to Yoga for the reasons mentioned in the book; the book rattled many who practice Yoga religiously.
According to Yoga practitioners all over the world, the book lacks enough research, lumped all kinds of yoga together, or sensationalized rare problems. Further adding that, the popularity of Yoga is testimony to the fact that it’s effective and good for the Body & Mind.
The Book may indeed be sensationalizing on many counts; but it’s probably one of the first serious attempts to bring “Yoga” to public debate. And whatever comes out of this debate, will help Yoga as a discipline. In addition, it will also help weed out those Yoga teachers who lack the complete understanding of Yoga. That apart, the book can be an excellent guide for both current Yoga practitioners and those who are planning to do Yoga in near future to equip themselves of the science of Yoga.
The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards
by: William J Broad
publisher: Simon & Schuster, published: 2012-02-07
sales rank: 4898
price: $17.12 (new)
IN THIS REMARKABLE BOOK ABOUT YOGA, William Broad, a lifelong practitioner, shows us that uncommon states are integral to a hidden world of risk and reward that lies beneath clouds of myth, superstition, and hype.Five years in the making, The Science of Yoga draws on more than a century of painstaking research to present the first impartial evaluation of a practice thousands of years old. It celebrates what’s real and shows what’s illusory, describes what’s uplifting and beneficial and what’s flaky and dangerous—and why. Broad illuminates how yoga can lift moods and inspire creativity. He exposes moves that can cripple and kill. As science often does, this groundbreaking book also reveals mysteries. It presents a fascinating body of evidence that raises questions about whether humans have latent capabilities for entering states of suspended animation and unremitting sexual bliss.The Science of Yoga takes us on a riveting tour of unknown yoga that goes from old archivesin Calcutta to the world capitals of medical research, from storied ashrams to spotless laboratories, from sweaty yoga studios with master teachers to the cozy offices of yoga healers. Broad unveils a burgeoning global industry that attracts not only curious scientists but true believers and charismatic hustlers. In the end, he shatters myths, lays out unexpected benefits, and offers a compelling vision of how the ancient practice can be improved.