I knew it

I always knew Yoga was bad for you:

Performing yoga while being instructed by an inexperienced teacher can be deadly as they sometimes put pupils in life threatening positions, an expert on the activity has warned.

Over-eager “green” teachers are leading beginners to perform certain relatively advanced poses that can trigger lethal strokes if executed incorrectly.

Exercises like the plough and shoulder stand require participants to “crank your head around a lot”, which could result in the linings of arteries running through the spine in the neck to be torn, according to William J. Broad, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science author.

Blood clots can then form, which can cause ischeamic stroke if they become lodged in the brain.

Mr Broad and a long-time yogi, discovered the dangers while researching his new book, The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards.

He said that while yoga was of tremendous benefit to many people, able to improve sex lives and even lengthen life, it did carry certain risks.


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