I was watching NBC Nightly news and they did a story on yoga. This is the first time I heard that yoga is bad for you. What!?
As I listened to more of the story, they explained that a lot of people try yoga and end up hurting themselves (pulling out their back, pulling muscles, tearing ligaments, etc). I think any sport, activity or exercise can be harmful to your body if you don’t warm up properly or if your body just isn’t ready for it. I threw a softball for the first time in years and ended up pulling a muscle pretty bad in my arm. Does that mean softball is a harmful sport or that I’m out of shape? Not exactly – it means I haven’t used that muscle in years and that’s what I get!
What are your thoughts on this? I think yoga is great stress-reliever and a kick-a** exercise. Many celebrities do yoga to stay slim. There are different levels of yoga – if you’re a beginner, don’t go right into power yoga unless you know that you can handle it. Most instructors have easier alternative poses if your body isn’t ready for the pose they are teaching at that time – or they tell you to do it at your best ability and to not force your body into doing something it can’t do. Start slow and work your way up. Check out your area for a yoga studio or a gym that offers classes. If you’re concerned about the prices, check out Groupon – they are always offering discounts (usually half-off or more) for yoga and other fitness classes.