The New York Times article “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” sent waves through social media this week. My teacher, Glenn Black, was prominently featured warning against the perils of yoga asana. The article describes practitioners who took yoga beyond the edges of safety and sanity.
Yoga reveals how our personality permeates our tissues. When we see ourselves clearly, we notice common and potentially injurious behaviors. Beyond the yoga mat, here are four ways to get hurt:
- The ego overcompensates. We go for the trophy pose, the heavy weight or the long basketball game when we know it’s too much.
- The ego undercompensates. We remain on the sidelines because we don’t want to look stupid. We neglect our physicality in fear of failure or embarrassment.
- We space out. We check our iPhone on the treadmill and end up twisting an ankle.
- Sh*t happens. We go for a hike and get attacked by a bear. The body ages and does weird stuff so we can’t blame ourselves for everything. Whew!