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In 2012 William Broad published an article entitled, “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” in The New York Times Magazine bringing attention to the fact that yoga has the potential to harm as much as to heal. And while the examples he gave were extreme (one man kneeling in Vajrasana for hours a day), the plain and simple truth is that certain poses present greater risks and should be approached with more knowledge and caution.
Here, we look at three of the “riskiest” poses commonly practiced in yoga and how to modify them for your and your students’ safety. And it is imperative that those with specific health conditions and concerns speak with a doctor before hitting the mat.