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How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body

theodp (442580) writes | more than 2 years ago

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theodp (442580) writes "'IBM's Well-Being Management System,' boasts Big Blue, 'ensures proactive planning, execution excellence, measurement and continuous improvement in all areas of employee health and well-being.' As one example of its paycheck-fattening wellness initiatives, IBM cites yoga activities, which the Smarter Planet people may want to reconsider after reading How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body in Sunday's NY Times. From the article: 'Among devotees, from gurus to acolytes forever carrying their rolled-up mats, yoga is described as a nearly miraculous agent of renewal and healing. They celebrate its abilities to calm, cure, energize and strengthen. And much of this appears to be true: yoga can lower your blood pressure, make chemicals that act as antidepressants, even improve your sex life. But the yoga community long remained silent about its potential to inflict blinding pain.'"

3 comments

IBM? (1)

Stickybombs (1805046) | more than 2 years ago | (#38629758)

What does IBM have to do with this submission?

Re:IBM? (1)

theodp (442580) | more than 2 years ago | (#38630874)

Could have used a number of companies, but IBM's been a leading advocate of basing take home pay on what companies and government say is healthy and (coincidentally) is believed to lead to lower healthcare costs. Problem is, the healthcare costs of certain "healthy" behaviors hasn't been subjected to the same scrutiny as smoking or BMI. Double hip replacement surgery, as was undergone by the yoga instructor in the NYT story, carries very hefty costs. Doctors are also noting hefty costs are being incurred for other healthy behaviors like running [nydailynews.com], which may lead to multiple joint replacement surgeries for those who wish to resume their "healthy" exercise even after it created the need for the initial joint replacement.

Re:IBM? (1)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 2 years ago | (#38631806)

    Actually, it was a bad summary for a very interesting health story. I think they stuck IBM on there, because it gives a spin towards IT stuff. In reality, the NYT story wasn't on an IT spin.

    I'm glad I read it though. I have pretty serious back problems (4 damaged disks, and fluid around my spinal cord). As the doctors have told me, "If you like walking, don't get in another car accident."

    I have heard that Yoga can severely aggravate any of them. I've had a few people really try to get me to try Yoga. I try my best not to hurt myself, but most of the time somewhere between 5 to 10 minutes in, I'll end up falling to the floor as gracefully as possible, and laying there for a few hours while the drugs kick in to make it stop hurting.

    I'm very pain tolerant. Quite a few times, people will say "Doesn't that hurt?" and I say no. For people who have suffered (or always suffer) high levels of pain, low level stuff seems like nothing. Like when I get a bad cut, I worry more about getting blood all over the floor, than the pain.

    For me, when I end up on the floor, the pain is usually like someone took a sledge hammer and chisel, and tried to separate my L3 and L4 vertebrae (sometimes C4 and C5). Instead of politely removing it and saying "sorry", the chisel is left in, and any movement feels like they're wiggling it around.

    So I don't do Yoga. And now I have this well written article to show people who insist I should.

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