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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 blog post by Eddie Stern the real conversation can begin.  So let’s start digging in and see what we learn.  Thanks to Leslie for his excellent clarifications and support for an important dialogue necessary to the evolution of a better yoga in America.

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 here to be aware of is the disturbing amount of inexperienced yoga teachers relying on the superficial info they get in a 200 hour training to teach large classes.  We encourage teachers to continue their education, not just for the sake of their students, but for their own well being. Read More

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 of these responses as they seem to reveal a lack of critical thinking, threatening the integrity of teachers as it seems they did not read the article thoroughly before responding. It’s time to put an end to all the emotional arguing and time to address what was actually being said. Read More

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 dangers of yoga we were relieved and fired up to share it! Read More