Why Yoga Can Be Worse For Women
William J. Broad, a science reporter for The New York Times and the author of “The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards,” has much to say, unsurprisingly, about yoga. Most of it is good: “The bending, stretching and deep breathing can renew, calm, heal, strengthen, lift moods, lower the risk of heart disease, increase flexibility and balance, counter aging and improve sex. In short, the benefits are many and commonplace while the serious dangers tend to be few and comparatively rare.” But some is not. Writing in the New York Times, Broad says he once assumed that the relative lack of flexibility in men’s bodies put them at greater risk than women for injury from yoga, but now, his opinion has changed. Broad says he learned from yoga teacher Michaelle Edwards that women’s elasticity can be a liability when extreme bends result in serious wear and tear on hips. That claim was supported, says Broad, by several orthopedic surgeons he spoke with, and who reported that extreme leg motions could cause the hip bones to repeatedly strike each other, leading over time to damaged cartilage, inflammation, pain and crippling arthritis. Yikes! Read more in the New York Times.