“Those extreme yoga poses that feel like they’re pulling your hips out of the sockets? They might.” – Article in the NY Times: Women’s Flexibility Is a Liability (in Yoga) by William J Broad, author of the controversial book, The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards
Brood describes reaching out to Orthopedists and discovering that hundreds of women were showing up in the offices of these top Surgeons in unbearable pain and in need of surgery.
He quotes a Swiss Orthopedist from a study describing hip degeneration in women likely exacerbated by hyper-mobility:
“The pincer-type FAI produces a rather slow process of degeneration and occurs more often in women between 30 and 40 years of age engaging in activities with high demands on motion like yoga and aerobics.”
The Etiology of Osteoarthritis of the Hip: Reinhold Ganz, MD, et al.
Yoga Injury Risks: Is Female Flexibility A Liability?