I wasn’t going to do it, so many already have. Then a good yoga teacher wrote on my wall “the NYT wasn’t way off…” and here I go…
Article: NYT releases article on Thursday (1/5) about how yoga will “wreck your body” The article is a preview of a book on the same topic. It is a dumb as it sounds. The picture is funny, if nothing else.
Responses: The Yoga blogsphere explodes and I won’t do more than point you to a couple of summaries if you want more, one I really liked and-for balance-one compassionate take on the article.
- David Keil weighed in today using some data (inspiring me below)
- Rose Tantraphol says her 2 cents and points everyone to Eddie Stern’s response, which is dead on. Yoga dork also borrowed heavily from his piece.
- DC’s own Peg Mulqueen chimes in.
- I really like Alison Pace’s summary and snipets, released yesterday.
- “Gentle defence” offered by the Confluence Countdown.
Bottom line: The NYT article/Mr. Broad’s forthcoming book are sensationalist and misleading. They are way, way off.
Yes, people can go too far and have injuries for a while as a result. This is true in pretty much everything, including yoga. But they do us a favor by going too far… They have not only given the Yogis a chance to response in unison (check) but they have reminded us that many people are still confused about yoga, good thing so many of us are teachers…