Yoga has been dated back to sixth century BCE in Ancient India where it was used as part of religious practice and worship. Since then, it has been brought to Western cultures and around the mid-19th century the practice began to gain a following in the Western world. The yoga practiced today, often unaffiliated with the traditional religion, is widely used to ease pain throughout the entire body.
However, yoga has the potential to cause injuries and even make existing injuries worse. Here are four yoga poses that should be avoided to prevent worsening or causing injuries:
Cobra Pose: In this pose all the force you are exerting in order to create the arch in your back is concentrating at a narrow point in the lumbar spine, which can cause a compression injury.
Full Wheel Pose: In order to achieve this pose, you need to have good flexibility in your back and shoulders– which many people do not. Without this proper level of flexibility, you could strain your muscles and cause aches or spasms.
Triangle Pose: To successfully achieve this pose you may spread your legs as wide as you can, pull your hips back, flex from the hip socket and twist your body upward. This can torque your lower back, just above your tailbone– an area that tends to already be compromised because many people spend extended periods of time sitting.
Standing Forward Bend: While this move seems simple, it can put unnecessary pressure on your back. Many people maintain straight legs when doing this pose, which locks your pelvis and makes it harder to rotate forward. This puts all the force of your flexing movement into your lower back, compressing the area as you bend.