Can Doing Yoga Really Give You a Stroke?

Can Doing Yoga Really Give You a Stroke?

Source: Market Watch

It’s rare, but suffering a stroke after doing some advanced yoga poses can happen. An experienced Maryland yogi is making headlines after having a stroke in 2017, which hit after she did a challenging hollowback handstand that calls for extending your neck, dropping your hips back and arching your lower spine all while in a headstand. A 2001 review in the New England Journal of Medicine included yoga as one activity that can trigger a stroke from an arterial tear like this. The New York Times noted that a similar case was reported in 1973, when an otherwise healthy 28-year-old woman suffered a stroke while doing a “wheel” pose, which involves lying on the back and arcing the body up in a semicircle while balancing on the hands and feet, with the head resting on the floor.

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