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Is Yoga Dying in America?

There has been much turmoil in the yoga world as of late.  Of course, we all remember the New York Times artilce about “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body”. Just as that cacophony died down, there is a new raucous caused by the scandal surrounding John Friend and his Anusara yoga empire. A few days ago the Huffington Post ran an articlediscussing whether the yoga industry as we know it to be can bounce back from these recent events, or has that landscape changed forever?

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Interview with William Broad, NOT a Yoga Basher!

We were fortunate enough to snag an interview with possibly the most spoken about man in the yoga community these days, William Broad.  The author of the book, The Science of Yoga, had some interesting reactions and comments to make about the recent controversy surrounding that article and was kind enough to answer other questions.  We may not agree with everything in the book and you might not either, but, as serious yoga teachers, we are thrilled to see material like this entering the mainstream of yoga culture! “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” broke down the secrecy surrounding the idea Read more…

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Glenn Black Responds to the Yoga Backlash

Finally, one of the men in the center of the debate’s inception, Glenn Black, is responding to backlash.  We think you should read his entire interview.  As always when reading anything we continue to advocate that you do so with your own mind and critical thinking.  There are many statements that we agree with and some that we do not.  What follows below are some of our favorite quotes (our commentary in bold).

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Are You Actually Practicing “Yoga?”

Another article addressing the recent yoga “controversy” has caught our attention.  This time, because it addresses the attitudes that surround the physical practice of yoga as it now exists in the United States.  The author, Suketu Mehta, has astutely identified the undercurrent of competition that has profoundly influenced the now “$6 billion” industry that is the North American empire.  He is referring to the competitive-mindset even in yoga classes. Most practitioners are approaching hatha yoga with the same sense of drive that motivates them in other physical fitness classes.  That kind of approach is not necessarily appropriate.  Hatha was always meant to be a method of introspection Read more…

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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 Read more…

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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…

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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…

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