According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission there were over 13,000 Americans treated in an emergency room or doctor's office for yoga-related injuries in the last three years.
All these injuries are thought to be caused by specific yoga poses, lack of preparation, age, and/or unqualified instructors.
I believe that some of these factors may contribute to these injuries, but I also believe that the problem is caused by not asking the right questions:
Why am I stretching?
How do I know I need flexibility rather than stability?
If I have loose or unstable joints, would yoga help me or hurt me?
Can too much yoga create so much flexibility that it becomes instability?
I am posing these questions because I believe yoga can be very beneficial for the right person, for the right reason, when combined with the right amount of stability training and with the right the instructor.