Yoga foot drop

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Yoga foot drop is a kind of drop foot, a gait abnormality. It is caused by a prolonged sitting on heels, a common yoga position of vajrasana. The name was suggested by Joseph Chusid, MD, in 1971, who reported a case of foot drop in a student who complained about increasing difficulty to walk, run, or climb stairs. The reason was traced to deadening a nerve[which?] which runs under the knee and being deprived of oxygen while being depressed while kneeling.[1][2]

Yoga foot drop is one of a number of adverse effects of yoga, commonly neglected to be mentioned by yoga teachers and books.[3][4]


  1. ^ Joseph Chusid (August 9, 1971). "Yoga Foot Drop". JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association 271 (6): 827–828. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190060065025. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Medicine: The Yoga Ailment". Time Magazine. August 23, 1971. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ William J. Broad (January 5, 2012). "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ Joanne Latimer (March 6, 2012). "REVIEW: The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards: Book by William J. Broad" (Book review). Maclean's. Retrieved November 19, 2012.