Monday, January 11, 2016

Some yoga poses bad for glaucoma patients

Researchers at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary at Mount Sinai published a study on PLOS ONE that said some head-down yoga poses can increase eye pressure--the cause of the potentially blinding disease called glaucoma.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness, in fact, and short of that, can impact lifestyle with moderate to severe vision loss.

Although glaucoma patients are urged to pursue a healthy lifestyle, including lots of exercise, pushups and lifing heavy weights should be avoided.

And now, several yoga poses have been added to the list of no-nos. Previous research found that a headstand increased intraocular pressure two-fold. These researchers tested downward facing dog and the other poses shown.

More research is needed and planned but why take a chance?

For more info on this, go to http://www.nyee.edu/about/news/january-glaucoma-awareness

You know me--I am VERY eye conscious and want you to be, too.

Ommmmm.

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