Apparently someone broke his thigh in Marichyasana B

Here’s a story that could get the “yoga can hurt you” drumbeat going again.

According to the uniquely unreliable Mail in the UK, a guy practicing in a Mysore room tried to do Marichyasana B and broke his thigh:

A man suffered a painful break to his thigh bone while carrying out a yoga pose.

The 39-year-old man, who remains unidentified, had been practising yoga for two years, and had recently begun exploring Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga.


In the emergency department, doctors found the man’s lower limb was shorter than usual and had rotated due to the injury.

X-rays showed he had a fracture in his ‘femoral shaft’, the long, straight part of the thigh bone.

Doctors said they believed this is the first documented case of a healthy person developing such a fracture while following a yoga stance. 

Here’s a link to the report on this that is the impetus for the Mail story. (Warning: X-rays that may make you think twice about doing Marichy B.) What strikes me is the description of this as a “low-energy” break. The report also concludes in part with this: “Yoga-related injuries are becoming more commonplace.”

(And note, we’ve now “broken” our taking Moon days off from posting twice today.)

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5 thoughts on “Apparently someone broke his thigh in Marichyasana B”

  1. Why tag the source of the story as “uniquely unreliable”, when you have the BMJ case report to refer to?! DM seem to have done a good justice to reporting the case study.

    I hope something more useful come out of this incidence than the trivial argument of not being ready for the pose.

  2. Sometime ago an article wrote that yoga is comparable with a sport if related to injury. This is true but we must not forget that ashtanga is an extreme practice and represents more injury risks than a gently or even moderate yoga (sports) practice. It is like driving a car high speed all the time and do not expect to have any major accident even with the best prepared driver. We must know the risks inherent to ashtanga. I practice ashtanga myself 🙂

  3. the orientation of the fracture line suggests that the lower leg was used as a leverage to apply torque on the femur, perhaps against a tight hip. bone is good at carrying loads aligned with its trajectories but not so good at absorbing misaligned tensile or rotational forces. the osteopenia in this case didn’t help either. like always in life something has to give, and will eventually. it’s impressive though when it is the femur that gives…and marichi b is such a calming pose.

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