Learning yoga from inexperienced teachers could be lethal
Taking yoga lessons from inexperienced teachers can be deadly as they can sometimes put students in life threatening positions, an expert claims.
Over-eager `green` teachers are leading beginners to perform certain relatively advanced poses that can trigger lethal strokes if executed incorrectly.
According to William J. Broad, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science author, 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.
Blood clots can then form, which can cause ischeamic stroke if they become lodged in the brain.
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.
`I have been doing yoga since 1970 and I love it. It has been a great thing in my life,` the Telegraph quoted the author as saying on BBC Radio 4`s Today programme.
`But as I pursued my research I discovered to my horror that there are some poses, which have a very low risk of happening, but if they do, have extremely high consequences.`