There are some “yoga” moves that are natural and beneficial. Just because they fall under the yoga umbrella doesn’t mean they are spiritually related and must be avoided. Hey, my dog insists that he invented the Upward Dog and Downward Dog moves even though he never went to a yoga class. They are just good ways to stretch that one could discover with or without yoga classes.
But the spiritual side of yoga should be avoided. My former church actually held yoga classes. Ugh. It would be great to have exercise classes for members, because if you really love your family and friends you’ll try to take reasonable care of yourself as to not be an unnecessary burden to them. But any educated Hindu will tell you that yoga training is explicitly spiritual — and not in the biblical Christianity sort of way.
But even the physical benefits should be reconsidered. Many of the moves aren’t necessarily good for you physically. This article goes into a lot of detail about the risks.
[Glenn] Black [a yoga teacher of nearly four decades, whose devoted clientele includes a number of celebrities and prominent gurus] has come to believe that “the vast majority of people” should give up yoga altogether. It’s simply too likely to cause harm. Not just students but celebrated teachers too, Black said, injure themselves in droves because most have underlying physical weaknesses or problems that make serious injury all but inevitable. Instead of doing yoga, “they need to be doing a specific range of motions for articulation, for organ condition,” he said, to strengthen weak parts of the body. “Yoga is for people in good physical condition. Or it can be used therapeutically. It’s controversial to say, but it really shouldn’t be used for a general class.”
Hat tip: Yoga Can Be Hazardous To Your Health by the Sola Sisters
4 thoughts on “Yoga risks: Spiritual and physical”
Yoga can definitely pose risks to your digestive health if it sits in your refrigerator too long. You leave it in there more than a week or two and it will spoil. I mean yeah, some varieties have fruit in them, but remember, it IS made from milk!
Great post. I started doing P90X this year and they had a Yoga X exercise. I didn’t do it, opting instead for a routine called X Stretch.
There are yoga moves in the stretches but they don’t do all the spiritual junk related to yoga in the stretches. Nothing wrong with Downward Dog until you are told to connect with your inner-self while doing it.
I did the P90X yoga a few times. Too long. Only good thing that with Tony Horton talking and joking it was the opposite of spiritual.