Can Yoga Wreck Your Body?

Potentially debilitating effects of practicing yoga in positions individuals may not be ready to perform.

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams—January 11, 2012

In this NBC Nightly News segment Dr. Jennifer Solomon, a physiatrist in the Women's Sports Medicine Center at Hospital for Special Surgery, is interviewed as part of a story on injuries that may result from intensive yoga practice.

Yoga has become a modern day antidote to stress but its growing popularity is raising alarms.

"As a spine specialist and a sports medicine specialist I see a ton of yoga injuries," said Dr. Solomon.

There are reports of injuries to the lower back, shoulders, knees, neck and in rare cases to stroke.

Dr. Solomon notes, "Something that you need to be concerned about: certain yoga positions put a lot of stress on the blood vessels to the brain."

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