yoga injuries: fact or fiction? (free online telesummit)

The yoga world is still feeling the repercussions of the NYT article, “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body,” and William J. Broad’s book, The Science of Yoga. More than eight months after the article and release of the book sparked a huge conversation about whether yoga harms or heals, the debate continues. Now, some yoga luminaries are attempting to set the record straight with a free online telesummit.

In an effort to shed some much-needed clarity on this debate, YogaUOnline, a leading website for online yoga education, is sponsoring an online telesummit on Yoga Injuries: Facts and Fiction with leading yoga teachers and medical experts, including Roger Cole, Tias Little, Judith Hanson Lasater, Dr. Loren Fishman, Dr. Timothy McCall, Julie Gudmestad, Ellen Saltonstall, and Peggy Cappy, founder of the PBS-Series Yoga for the Rest of Us. The telesummit is free to attend and will be hosted streaming live on Saturday, August 25, 2012, 12pm – 4pm EDT/ 9am – 1pm PDT on

“The article and book grabbed attention by making it sound like there is scientific proof that yoga routinely causes horrible injuries, even death,” says Roger Cole, Ph.D., a yoga teacher and Stanford educated scientist. “The evidence presented to support these claims was very flimsy, and in some cases completely false. For example, there is no convincing evidence that yoga elevates the risk of stroke at all.”

“There’s an important discussion to be had,” Cole continues, “which is why this telesummit is so important. But ultimately the debate doesn’t concern whether it is possible to get hurt practicing yoga. Of course it is, just as you can get hurt while dancing, biking, jogging, golfing, or weight-training. But that doesn’t mean yoga should be considered particularly ‘hazardous.'” [via Digital Journal]

Sign up for the *free* telesummit at Yoga U.
Saturday, August 25
12pm – 4pm EDT / 9am – 1pm PDT

  1. very cool. and i like the qualifications of the panelists (not to be a cynic… but ya know a PhD can be in anything… including literature lol).

    thanks for the heads up Roseanne!!

  2. Excellent. The book had me rolling my eyes. I would have loved to see a comparison of per capita injuries to other common activities like running, skiing, etc. But no better to isolate and sensationalize.

    And I’d especially like to see the health comparison to the more standard inactivity of the typical American. What tiny risk there may be in a healthful activity such as yoga would, I imagine, be more than balanced out but the long term health risk of sedentary lifestyles….