I happened upon a story from the Times of India that, at first, seemed like another report on studies of the potential injuries — let’s call it “dangers” — of yoga.
Speaking of yoga = asana, of course.
Here’s the lead:
A study titled ‘ Adverse Events Associated with Yoga: A systematic review of published case reports and Case Series’ published in the scientific journal Plos One has come up with the adverse events associated with yoga.
Pretty standard stuff. And so it goes on, reporting the study found that most of those “adverse events” were musculoskeletal. But then there was this paragraph:
In a small survey in 110 Finnish Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practitioners, 62% of respondents reported at least one yoga-related musculoskeletal injury, mainly sprains and strains. About half of those reported full recovery, the other half partial recovery. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a physically demanding yoga style that uses standardized sequences of physical yoga postures with synchronized breathing , the report said . More recently, in a large national survey, 78.7% of about 2500 Australian yoga practitioners indicated that they had never been injured during yoga. A survey in more than 1300 mainly North American yoga teachers and therapists found that respondents considered injuries of the spine, shoulders, or joints the most common.
Now, I know it mentions the study of the Finnish Ashtangis is small, but the difference between their experience with injuries and the experience of the Australians is fairly stark. I know one can use math and statistics to prove just about any point, but those two studies suggest Ashtanga may be three times as likely to result in injury as yoga/asana in general. (Thinking 62% vs about 21%.)
And it’s hard for me not to think it points to Ashtanga’s propensity to injury, a subject we’ve covered here so much there’s a standing link in our link list to the right.
Posted by Steve