In the article How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body? yoga teacher Glenn Black warns about the potential damaging effects of doing yoga. Black noted that Americanized yoga classes tend to be more ego-driven than aligned with spiritual practice. Teachers and students are at risk of injury when they try to force their bodies into ranges of motion that are harmful to muscles and skeletal structure.
I'm no yoga expert but I do know three people personally who have attributed their years of yoga practice as contributing to and probably causing pain they now endure (back, hip, and knee pain). Ouch. This shared with me from individuals who continue to be disciplined yoga devotees. The woman with the bad knees routinely gets massages to help give relief.
I'm more of a Pilates gal myself, although I have practiced Kundalini Yoga in the past. I meditate while I'm sitting comfortably on a pillow (legs crossed) or upright on the couch, feet on the floor. I'm not nay-saying yoga. I think yoga has its pluses and minuses. We live on a planet of duality after all... nothing is black or white. In my view yoga has more positives going for it. My personal healing focus is primarily about balance and awareness. Any meditative practice or physical exercise can be positive when done appropriately, BUT, they can also be harmful when done in excess or without regard to possible harm.
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