A recent New York Times article on how yoga can wreck your body has stirred a fiery debate on the risks of yoga and has led avid yoga practitioners, like myself, to look deeper into the issue. The article portrayed serious injuries ranging from torn Achilles tendons to strokes, even in young and healthy yoga practitioners. A renowned yoga instructor, Glenn Black, even recommended that most people should give up yoga altogether. The truth is these types of injuries are not all that common. A study done by researchers at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons found that yoga teachers, therapists and other clinicians reported the most common injuries were to the neck, lower back, shoulders/wrists and finally the knees. This leads to the question of why the big uproar on the risks of yoga, especially when other activities, like football, routinely cause concussions and other serious injuries, yet are a staple pastime for our country?