Myth: Yoga is so gentle, it won’t cause injuries
Be careful or you might be saying ouch instead of om. Researchers from the University of Sydney found that yoga causes injuries ten times more often than anyone thought: 10 percent of practitioners reported muscle pain; 21 percent of people with existing pain found that yoga made it worse—a rate that matches other sports. Still, yoga has many benefits—from increased flexibility and strength to lower blood pressure—and 74 percent of study participants said their existing pain lessened. To avoid trouble, make sure you’re doing your poses safely, listen to your body, and let your instructor know about any existing injuries or limitations. Read up on the most common yoga injuries and how to prevent them.