Monday, December 24, 2012

Yoga Injuries Debate: 5 Common Themes Explored

by: Victoria McColm, Founder & Editor - Prevent Yoga Injury

William Broad published another piece in the New York Times yesterday on "The Perils of Yoga for Men." This time he's found evidence to suggest that men are at a much higher risk of injuring themselves through asana practice, and are leaving class with not only more injuries comparatively to women, but with more severe injuries, too.

Why the gender disparity when it comes to injury? Broad writes:

Women say men push themselves too far, too fast. Men admit to liking the intensity but say the problem is pushy teachers who force them into advanced poses while urging them to ignore pain.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Finding a "Qualified Yoga Teacher" - 3 Things Students Need to Know

by: Victoria McColm, Founder & Editor - Prevent Yoga Injury

If you've done any research on your yoga contraindication, or on yoga safety in general, then you've been advised to practice only with a "qualified yoga teacher." But what does that mean exactly? How do you evaluate your teacher based on your specific needs? And what the heck do all those different letters behind his or her name mean? Read on to understand a little about the kinds of yoga teachers that are out there, how they're certified, what they learn and how to make sure you're working with someone who fits and understands your specific needs.