Despite being heavily promoted as an all healthy practice, yoga
can harbor hidden dangers. This fact was first highlighted by the new York Times in 2012, through an article called "How Yoga Can Wreack Your Body"
. The article caused a massive buzz on social media platforms and is still a subject of controversy to many.
From risky postures, to hyperflexation to severe yoga induced injuries, here are some ways Yoga can be bad for you.
As you know, yoga affects blood flow depending on the pose you are doing which leads to body heat. If yoga is exercised in a hot room, usually called bikram yoga, it will cause an elevation of your body temperature. This so called “heat exhaustion”, leads to dehydration, decreased blood pressure and increased heart rate.
As humans, we breathe in four different ways: abdominal, thoracic, cervical and paradoxical- the most common being the abdominal. When yoga teachers rask you to stand up straight, open the chest and lean your shoulders back, you tend to forget how to breathe correctly. Breathing is not a game and causes serious consequences especially when your ody is not correctly supplied with oxygene.
3- Weight Loss:
Some people tend to think that yoga is like any type of sports. The more you practice, the more calories you burn. This idea is not even close to correct! In fact, studies have shown that practicing yoga for 90 minutes in a hot room burns only 500 calories. Skip a burger and you’ll save that amount without hard work!
4- Yoga Induced Injuries:
Some yoga poses are really hard, especially when it comes to shoulder and head stands. These postures require a significant level of expertise and supervision for beginners. If you have back, neck or even shoulder pain these regular postures must not be executed. Several people have suffered from severe yoga induced injuries which require immediate medical attention.