Tag Archives: The New York Times

New York Times Article about the Dangers of Yoga for Men

Recently, William J. Broad, author of The Science of Yoga, wrote an article exploring men’s experiences with yoga.  Some of those experiences are not so pretty.  But does that mean yoga is a dangerous practice for men in general?  This newest article has stirred up quite the conversation. Here’s what we think: We like that William Broad, as well as others like Loren Fishman (check out our previous blog posts) are examining Yoga under a scientific lense.  Much like ourselves, they are scientists at heart who practice yoga enthusiastically (not dogmatically), because they understand the true benefits, but who are not afraid Read more…

| Posted by Smarter Bodies Admin | Posted in Health and Fitness, Yoga | Tagged , , , | 15 Comments

Women Can’t Do Pull-ups?! Oh, Come On!

There was an article recently published in the New York Times entitled “Why Women Can’t do Pull-ups.” Obviously, this is an inflammatory title and the article contains various inaccurate and untrue assumptions.  Furthermore, the circumstance under which the study was performed resulted in conclusions that leave a precarious, at best, sense of validity. To start, the hypothesis presented is this:  women have a harder time performing a pull-up than men.   As a former biochemist (Kim) who spent many hours in laboratories it leaves me agog that they restricted the study to women only (instead of comparing them to men). Setting Read more…

| Posted by Smarter Bodies Admin | Posted in Health and Fitness | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

What’s My Prognosis?

A lot of the clients that we see here at SMARTer Bodies come to us, because of an injury. Most of them have been to the doctor and some to physical therapy (unless that is what they are here for, alternatively), but are still seeking a more thorough recovery. One of the first questions we get asked is, “How long will it take to be back to normal?” or “Will I ever regain full function?” The honest answer to those questions is that… it is entirely up to YOU.

| Posted by Smarter Bodies Admin | Posted in Health and Fitness | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chocolate Keeps You Healthy

We have always known chocolate did more than just make us ladies happy.  But now this New York Times article reveals new research that explains how eating moderate amounts of chocolate often can help us maintain a healthy weight.  So read the article and make your day a little sweeter! Here’s a list of some of our favorite chocolates to get you started on healthier habits:

| Posted by Smarter Bodies Admin | Posted in Everyday Life, Health and Fitness | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Leslie Kaminoff Reacts to the New York Times Article

Once again here is another fantastically expressed argument about some of the issues yoga teachers are having with the NY Times article.  Of course, no surprise it comes from one of our beloved educators Leslie Kaminoff.  Leslie does such a wonderful job of critically addressing the scientific errors that made it into the article that has caused so much controversy. Again to be clear we still think this article was important to point out that yoga like ANY OTHER physical activity you take on can have its own risks involved. But now with the emergence of video’s like Leslie’s and the Read more…

| Posted by Smarter Bodies Admin | Posted in Yoga | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Eddie Stern Blogs About the New York Times Article

Now THIS is more like an appropriate response to Broad’s New York Times article.  We agree with most of this and think this is the way to accurately structure arguments in order to maintain integrity. Now don’t get confused by our response from yesterday to our liking this article today.  This is the kind of intelligent debate that we want to see and think will benefit yoga.   But we were opposed to the irrational and emotional arguments that did not address those facts, but only defended the sanctity of yoga or the fear of it being demonized. The other issue Read more…

| Posted by Smarter Bodies Admin | Posted in Yoga | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

What SMARTerBodies Thinks About the New York Times Article

There has been so much controversy within the yoga community ever since Glenn Black was quoted in last week’s New York Times article. Many teachers have been outraged and offended by the article’s seemingly new revelation that a physical yoga practice can hurt you. There is a plethora of reactionary blog posts, Facebook messages and tweets that accuse Glenn Black and NYT of producing at the least a sensationalist piece of journalism and at the worst threatening the place of yoga in mainstream America and in the hearts and minds of many followers. We have completely lost patience for many Read more…

| Posted by Smarter Bodies Admin | Posted in Yoga | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

We Agree With This New York Times Article: Yoga Can Hurt You!

Quite often people who are either injured or sedentary and new to fitness will ask us what type of yoga they should take, assuming that yoga is a “safe” practice that cannot injure them. They are often surprised when we tell them not to take group classes due to the high risk of injury. Unfortunately, it is not too uncommon for people to suffer injuries such as: disk herniations, torn achilles tendons, rotator cuff injuries, degenerative hip joints and even stroke resulting from doing extreme yoga postures. When this article came out in the NY Times with Glenn Black talking about the Read more…

| Posted by Smarter Bodies Admin | Posted in Yoga | Tagged , , | 1 Comment