Orthopedic surgeons have warned regular yoga followers that certain exercises can cause wear and tear of bone joints forcing them to undergo surgeries.
According to Dr. Ashok Rajgopal, chairman of the Bone and Joint Institute in Medanta- The Medcity, extreme stretching exercises can cause severe stress on joints, leading to arthritis. He claims to have performed knee replacement surgery on several leading yoga gurus. His warning is a serious challenge to all the propagators of yoga who believe that yoga can ward off the effects of aging.
Dr. Rajgopal has explained that every time when a person performs deep knee bends he is actually dislocating the knee joints and this puts pressure on them. He has observed this among yogic gurus when they perform 'vajrasana'. Dr. Rajgopal says, "He has witnessed a higher incidence of bone ailments and joint ailments among yoga followers."