If performed improperly, yoga causes injuries to instructors, students
PROFIT-DRIVEN and unqualified yogis and yoga centres are blatantly marketing their services as an alternative treatment for chronic illnesses, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
This is in clear violation of the law, which states nobody can claim that their products or services can prevent or treat 20 illnesses, including the two, that are listed under the Medicine (Advertisement and Sale) 1956 (Revised 1983) Act.
Malaysian Association of Traditional Indian Medicine (Peptim) president Raggupathi V.R. Somasundaram Pillai, in cautioning the public against going to such centres and practitioners, said yoga instructors themselves risked severe injuries if they were not trained properly.
“Yoga may be dangerous because it can also injure those who perform it improperly.
“One example is the shoulder stand. A person with anaemia cannot perform this as it can cause them to faint,” he said, adding that yoga practitioners also have to watch their diet.……
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