Lowbackpain_1An article in yesterday’s The Globe and Mail pointed out some “trouble on the om front.” It’s somewhat along the same lines as the seminal groundbreaking revealing Time Magazine article a couple of years ago, which provided alarming stats on the number of yoga-related injuries in the US (but you know how we Canadians are, always a little slow on the uptake). Only with some particularly Canadian – well, really, Torontonian – stats.

The article starts off with a practitioner’s experience dislocating her shoulder in yoga class.

The experience, which took place in 2000, hasn’t soured Ms. Buan-Basit on yoga; she now teaches it. And she’s sold on the strength and flexibility it can build. But it has made her aware of just how dangerous an overzealous student, a person with an undisclosed injury and an inexperienced instructor can be. Yet it’s bad karma to talk about it.

The yoga industry, understandably, wants such events to remain on the down-low. It’s fiercely protective of what has become an estimated $6-billion (U.S.) business built on selling enlightenment. [via The Globe and Mail]

I had been following news about the NY state yoga regulation controversy, and wondering if would have any kind of ripple affect on the Canadian yoga community. This is the first Canadian press that I’ve seen covering the subject. Canada actually does have its own yoga alliance, known conveniently as the Canadian Yoga Alliance – though, according to the article, many Canadian teachers are registered with the American YA.

So Canadian yogis (and I know you’re out there!)… what do you think? Is this article a fair representation of what happens in Canadian yoga classes? Are yoga-related injuries the result of overzealous students or underqualified teachers?

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