YOGA Injury prevention

Yoga can help people reduce the rate of injury by improving balance and strength of bones, ligaments, and tendons. Yoga, if done improperly, can also cause injuries in the neck or other joints.
   The lotus position is a common yoga position that causes yoga injuries. If you have never done yoga before or practice yoga infrequently, consider stretching exercises for at least 20 minutes to increase the elasticity of tendons, which hold muscles to bone, and ligaments, which hold joints together, before beginning a lotus position or doing sun salutations.
There is more research information on the various health benefits of yoga practice.

Yoga injury prevention
Many people do not realize that certain yoga position can cause injury to the neck, spine, hip joint, knee joint, or other parts of the body. If you are new to yoga and attend a class, don't feel forced to do all the positions the instructor is urging the students. Go at your own pace and take breaks. If your body is telling you the position is not suitable, don't do it. Build your body strength and flexibility gradually.

Yoga Injury prevention and occurrence
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 5,000 yoga -related injuries in 2005 that resulted in visits to doctors' offices, clinics and emergency rooms—up from 3,700 in 2004. Those numbers are largely a function of more people, especially aging boomers, taking up yoga. The cost of treating these yoga injuries in 2014 came to 140 million.

Back injury from Yoga
Yoga can cause back sprains and herniated disks if done improperly or by those who are not in good physical shape.

Other yoga injuries
There are also a lot of elbow injuries and shoulder injuries. Anything around the joints can be a problem, because people injure ligaments and tendons. If you just overstretch, it's a grade one sprain. If there are micro-tears in a ligament or tendon, that's grade two. A complete tear is grade three.

Yoga to prevent injury at the workplace
Since work stress has been shown to be one of the factors leading to musculo-skeletal disorders such as: include back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder or neck tension, eye strain, or headaches, yoga may turn out to be a helpful practice to do for employees. Yoga can reduce stress and relieve muscular tension or pain and put employees in a better frame of mind to work more productively with fewer injuries.

Yoga and exercise
Yoga Improves Stamina Better Than Regular Exercise
There have been quite a number of studies that show regular exercise improves stamina, but hardly any that evaluate the effect of yoga on stamina (perceived physical exertion) and energy levels. In a research project conducted at the Defense Institute of Physiology in Delhi, India, the effect of training in Hatha yogic exercises on aerobic capacity and stamina was performed on 40 young men who were recruited in the Indian army. These soldiers, whose age ranged from 19 to 23, initially worked out to maximal exercise capacity on a bicycle ergometer. The oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide output, pulmonary ventilation, respiratory rate, heart rate etc., at maximal exertion were immediately thereafter recorded. The subjects were then divided into two equal groups. One group practiced Hatha yogic exercises for 1 h every morning (6 days in a week) for six months. The other group underwent conventional physical exercise training during the same period common to what many soldiers are required to do. In the 7th month, tests for perceived physical exertion were repeated on both groups of subjects. The results showed that those who engaged in daily yoga practice noticed that they did not get as tired after heavy physical exertion as those who just did regular exercises. Their aerobic capacity also improved. Therefore, it appears that yoga enhances stamina even better than regular exercise. This would indicate that athletes in many different fields may well improve their endurance and performance by adding yoga practices to their routine workouts. Yoga could also certainly be helpful for those who have fatigue or low energy. I personally notice that regular yoga practice enhances my stamina in terms of how long I can hike, bike, or dance.

Yoga practice erectile dysfunction
Q. Does yoga help with impotence?
   A. Regular yoga practice does have sexual enhancement properties, but it is difficult to say whether it has a strong effect in the treatment of impotence.

Supplement use
Q. Would there be any harm in taking a multivitamin pill daily and doing yoga? What about yohimbe bark extract?
   A. We don't see any reason not to take a daily supplement, unless the dosage is too high and the vitamin pills are increasing your body temperature and heart rate, thus making the yoga positions and effort uncomfortable. However, we don't suggest taking yohimbe herb since it can raise body temperature to an uncomfortable degree, and it particularly not recommended for Bikram yoga.