Fast forward a few years. After 18 months of treatment, tests and procedures for back pain and sciatica, my physician suggested yoga. So I went to my first class, and was blown out of the water. You have to be strong to hold those positions!
Another barrier to yoga catching on is its roots in Eastern religion. A local health club refuses to teach yoga for this reason. As recently as 2005 the Vatican spoke out against yoga. Western interest in yoga peaked in the 1980s, when Dr. Dean Ornish "connected yoga to heart health, legitimizing yoga as a purely physical system of health exercises outside of counter culture or esotericism circles, and unconnected to a religious denomination." Thank you, Dr. Ornesh. I hope that clears things up!I'm so grateful my physician recommended yoga. It provides physical and mental benefits you can't put in a pill. If your back hurts all the time, talk to your doctor. There may be a yoga class for you! :)