Interesting article on the Today show this week interviewing William Broad who has published a book on the benefits and risks of yoga (The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards).
He highlights the caution that some yoga postures should be treated with, and the importance of a well trained teacher to introduce some of the more advanced and riskier yoga poses. Shoulderstand and Plough postures, along with Headstand. These postures aren't for beginners or those with any neck issues and who aren't pretty fit and strong. The stakes are high if stroke risk is considered from tearing the vertebral arteries when putting the neck in these extreme conditions. Respect for the bodies limitations, and the posture, and plenty of preparation to ensure the student is ready and the pose is appropriate. Group classes are possibly not the place to explore them unless the group is experienced, and appropriate teaching and supervision is essential.
Listen to the interview here...
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