A man suffered a painful break to his thigh bone while carrying out a yoga pose. The 39-year-old man, who remains unidentified, had been practising yoga for two years and had recently begun exploring Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga.For the past eight weeks he had been doing an hour of yoga a day. In one morning class, he decided to carry out a stance known as the Marichyasana posture B, while unattended. This involves putting the foot on to the thigh and flexing the hip and knee to put the foot into the “inguinal crease”, the V-shaped line found below the abs.To his horror, he heard a loud crack and felt immense pain in his left thigh bone, said doctors reporting the case in the journal BMJ Case reports.
“He collapsed to the ground, was unable to put any weight on his leg and was immediately brought to hospital by ambulance,” the doctors wrote in the journal. In the emergency department, doctors found the man’s lower limb was shorter than usual and had rotated due to the injury. X-rays showed he had a fracture in his ‘femoral shaft’, the long, straight part of the thigh bone.
Doctors said they believed this is the first documented case of a healthy person developing such a fracture while following a yoga stance. The thigh bone is the longest, strongest and heaviest bone in the human body, doctors said. It acts as one of the main bones that bear’s the body’s weight.