A four-year-old girl could spend the rest of her life paralysed after she injured herself while performing a yoga move during a dance class.

The young girl, known as Xiao Bao, was doing a ‘back bridge’ when she lost her balance and fell down, unable to move her legs.

The move was performed during the warm-up routine at a class in Zhengzhou, China, The Sun reports.

Xiao was rushed to Zhengzhou Children’s Hospital where Dr Qi Lin confirmed she hadn’t broken her spine, but had likely seriously damaged it, according to The Sun.

“It’s a spinal contusion. It’s not looking optimistic,” he said. “There’s a very big chance this child could be paralysed for life in her lower body.”

According to reports, Bao’s mother and father discovered the private dance instructor did not have any sort of certificates to operate – suggesting they were not professional enough to teacher children such dangerous moves.

We hope she does make a full recovery. SO scary!

Remember the five year old little girl a couple of years ago who was paralysed after doing a similar move?

The “backbend” Eden performed had hyper-extended her spine and caused the artery that feeds her spinal cord to stop pumping blood.

Eden is now in a wheelchair, having lost the ability to sit up on her own. Read her story HERE>

Expert opinion: Beth from KarmaKidsYoga

MoM team spoke to Beth from KarmaKidsYoga to get her opinion on this incident.

Beth told us, “Whilst I feel extremely sad to hear of this young child’s experience, I think it’s vitally important that we keep things in perspective.

“The article does not share any of the details with regards to the reputation of the dance school or the teacher who was leading the class. I am also concerned that she was doing yoga at a dance school and therefore potentially not with a trained kids yoga teacher.

“From my many years of experience in teaching young children yoga through KarmaKidsYoga, safety is of the utmost importance.

“Children love to experiment with their bodies and they can often be seen trying out poses, such as the wheel mentioned in the article, simply because they often can. Their bodies are flexible enough to just “pop up” into the shape. But that doesn’t mean that they should!

Beth adds, “It’s imperative that they are taught poses slowly and safely by an experienced kids yoga teacher. It’s also important that they are taught age appropriate poses that take into consideration their true strength and flexibility. From the sound of this story, I question if any of these factors were taken into consideration. ”

For safe kids yoga classes and kids yoga training, please visit www.karmakidsyoga.com.au

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  • This is what you call a freak accident. No ones fault. It just happened.


  • Such a terrible thing to have happen – do hope this young lady will be OK in time.


  • Oh no, this is just awful!


  • Very scary. In all honesty I’m not sure that yoga really should be performed by young children. There are so many other activities and sports you can get them into, why yoga?


  • After watching my 7 year old do back bends all afternoon, I think we’ll get her some proper instruction!


  • OMG, this is a terrible story. Concerning if the teacher has no qualifications, but so sad nonetheless.


  • Aw bless ! Hope and pray that she’ll make some recovery !


  • That is dreadful.


  • If the little girl was going to dance lessons why were they doing yoga movements as a warm-up routine? If the “instructor” have been doing so for awhile nobody probably thought about the credentials of him/her. Hopefully with treatment and rehabilitation she will make at least some improvement.


  • I think its a good wake up call to ensure when kids are taking classes that they have someone trained to do so. Although this could be a ‘freak accident’ it could have been avoided! This young girls world has been turned upside down and will never be the same.


  • Oh my goodness, this is something all children do just for fun. Sounds like a horrible freak accident.


  • What a nightmare! Poor child and family.


  • Very scary. We used to do moves like that all the time when we were young.


  • Oh my! Let’s hope she won’t have the same future as Eden. Positive thoughts to the little girl!!


  • This is shocking – the poor girl!


  • That poor little girl. I hope the outcome is better than current expectations.
    Yoga is good for children, but as parents we need to guide them so they don’t push too far and injure themselves. Like all aspects of their development really.


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