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+ - How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body 3

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "'IBM's Well-Being Management System,' boasts Big Blue, 'ensures proactive planning, execution excellence, measurement and continuous improvement in all areas of employee health and well-being.' As one example of its paycheck-fattening wellness initiatives, IBM cites yoga activities, which the Smarter Planet people may want to reconsider after reading How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body in Sunday's NY Times. From the article: 'Among devotees, from gurus to acolytes forever carrying their rolled-up mats, yoga is described as a nearly miraculous agent of renewal and healing. They celebrate its abilities to calm, cure, energize and strengthen. And much of this appears to be true: yoga can lower your blood pressure, make chemicals that act as antidepressants, even improve your sex life. But the yoga community long remained silent about its potential to inflict blinding pain.'"
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How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body

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  • What does IBM have to do with this submission?
    • by theodp (442580)

      Could have used a number of companies, but IBM's been a leading advocate of basing take home pay on what companies and government say is healthy and (coincidentally) is believed to lead to lower healthcare costs. Problem is, the healthcare costs of certain "healthy" behaviors hasn't been subjected to the same scrutiny as smoking or BMI. Double hip replacement surgery, as was undergone by the yoga instructor in the NYT story, carries very hefty costs. Doctors are also noting hefty costs are being incurred fo [nydailynews.com]

      • by JWSmythe (446288)

        Actually, it was a bad summary for a very interesting health story. I think they stuck IBM on there, because it gives a spin towards IT stuff. In reality, the NYT story wasn't on an IT spin.

        I'm glad I read it though. I have pretty serious back problems (4 damaged disks, and fluid around my spinal cord). As the doctors have told me, "If you like walking, don't get in another car accident."

        I have heard that Yoga can severely aggravate any of them. I've had a f

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