Monday, January 9, 2012
So I Guess We Should Just Sit On Our Asses All Day?
According to this piece of drivel no one should ever practice yoga because, OH MY GOD, you might get hurt.
Say what???? Dear New York Times, can you please tell me what physical activities exist in which the potential for never getting injured exist????? I mean, I've managed to injure myself just walking.
Of course we could all just sit on our sofas all day stuffing our faces, but then we run the risk of all sorts of OTHER health problems.
What really got me about this badly researched piece was the inaccuracies. Beryl Bender Birch is the yogi with the double hip replacements. She needed them because of a genetic predisposition, not yoga. I have another friend who has also had double hip replacements, and she has never practiced yoga with any regularity.
Yes, I have seen plenty of people injure themselves in yoga because their egos got in the way, but I've seen plenty of people injure themselves running, playing basketball, soccer, tennis, etc. I've seen people hurt their ankles in Zumba, and others break legs skiing (I broke my nose).
If you engage in any physical activity with any regularity chances are, you'll manage to injure yourself some way, some how. And, there are those who take it a bit too far as the gentlemen above does.
Hell, I had a friend's brother injure himself because he was playing the cello six hours a day preparing for a competition. Does that mean that no one should ever play cello?
Yes, you can injure yourself practicing yoga, running, walking, skiing and even playing cello, but that does not mean you should never engage in these activities?