Myth: Yoga can prevent or cure pain and injury.
Truth: It may not be the magical cure-all that some instructors would lead you to believe -- and, in fact, it's not unheard of for students to actually sustain injuries from yoga classes. (Interestingly, men seem to be especially at risk.) [Source: Broad] But there are also real, proven benefits to a regular yoga practice, as well. Several studies have found, for instance, that yoga can help reduce and prevent chronic low-back pain, insomnia, and anxiety. [Source: NIH] Restorative yoga can also help stretch out tight, injury-prone muscles, especially in runners and other athletes.
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Hot yoga was founded by Calcutta-born Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s. HowStuffWorks looks into this cool practice.