Health advisers are warning people of the dangers of the extreme yoga craze that is sweeping the nation.
An extreme form of yoga has been developed among a group of hardcore practitioners, in the underground yoga dens of New York, which involves various difficult postures including one where you have to turn yourself inside out.
In what is now being dubbed as Bikram-in, Bikram-out yoga, pupils are lead into increasingly difficult stretches and positions and, ultimately, the ‘inverted-you’ posture.
Practitioners of the extreme form of yoga fiercely deny any dangers posed to pupils, saying that it is carried out in a calm, supportive environment by professionals.
However, following a series of horrific injuries and odd disappearances, the authorities have had no other option than to outlaw the practice.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) have requested that leaflets and an advice helpline are to be set up so that people aware of the dangers.
Jackie May, whose daughter lost a friend to Bikram-in, Bikram-out yoga and is leading the campaign in America, said it was about time health officials realised the danger of these exercises:
“It is just a terrible tragedy that it has come too late for those who have already been lost or permanently injured. People are always taking things to the extreme, not content that they can plank for 5 minutes straight they want to do the ‘inverted-you’, ‘upside-down-horse’ or ‘downward-to-face-your-grave-dog’.”