Is Yoga Bad for You? A Debate

By The Atlantic Wire

The New York Times Magazine has posted an expose on "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body," detailing rib and back injuries of yoga practices gone awry. We discuss.

GET OVER YOUR YOGA SNOBBERY

Yes, when done wrong, Yoga can lead to injury, like any legitimate physical activity. Running, gymnastics, tennis, swimming -- with overexertion and improper technique any of these can "wreck your body." That's the risk of exercise. If you can't handle it, ride the stationary bike instead. (Do you really want to be the type of gym goer that rides the bike?)

And that's the other thing: Yoga is legitimate physical activity. An outsider might look at all the bending and assume yoga is stretching for pansy athletes who can't handle real sports. Wrong: It's intense -- hence the injuries from cocky "athletes" over-exerting themselves. When done right, yoga is a sweaty work-out. And, no, we're not just talking the "hot kind." There's a reason legions of image-obsessed girls flock to yoga studios for their workouts: yoga leads to the coveted yoga body.

... -- Rebecca Greenfield

YOGA: A DARK MARK ON AMERICAN SOCIETY

Yoga is the greatest fraud ever perpetuated against American women for the sake of vanity if you don't count the ones that killed or maimed them. Yes, while some men do yoga, the "exercise" is marketed to women as a way to stay skinny without getting sweaty, just like that weird poop yogurt that Jamie Lee Curtis advertises. There are at least five reasons yoga must be stopped:

Yoga is fake exercise. If you have you to make the room really hot while exercising in order to break a sweat, it's not really exercise! How many times have people who play real sports had to open pickle jars for yoga people?

... -- Elspeth Reeve

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