- Like most physical activities, performing yoga poses with poor form leads to injury. Duh.
- The most injury-inducing yoga poses seem to be inversions (poses that flip the body upside-down, like the headstand or the plow pose) or poses requiring extreme spinal mobility (extreme ROM bridges, etc).
- Hot yoga (Bikram, Forrest, Power, TriBalance, etc) can lead to tissue damage by making it easier to push past the body's natural stretch limits.
- Many yogis (yoga practitioners) let their egos push them to dangerous zones that their bodies can't accommodate.
- Yoga has been fundamentally changed from a meditative/spiritual practice with body poses to a body pose practice with meditation/spirituality - Western yoga practices are rarely anything like the esteemed traditions they owe heritage to.
NY Times: How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body
Scott Sonnon: That's Not Your Yoga!
Wikipedia: Hot Yoga