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A new controversy: what really can “wreck” your body?

January 15, 2012

Last week, the New York Times ran a piece titled “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body”. The article was adapted from the author’s forthcoming book and raising a firestorm of criticism from across the yoga world. Arguing that the modern American incarnation of yoga is dangerous and harmful, the article relied heavily on the testimony of one yoga instructor. The article received more than 700 comments on You can read the full article here.

Responses to the article follow:
How Ego Can Wreck Your Yoga
Whether caught virtually with no underwear on in the exposing New York Times Magazine article, “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body,” or given grief for only wearing underwear with Equinox Fitness’ provocative viral yoga video, “The Contortionist,” people are talking about yoga.[Read More}

NY Times: ‘How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body’ | A Yogi’s Response
The accompanying article deserves it though, as do the photos of non-yogis performing asanas comically poorly. The whole package smacks of sensationalism: disappointing in such a well-respected news source, to say the least. [Read More]

Is Yoga Unsafe?
We often hear about the many health benefits to be gained from a regular yoga practice. But while there is much potential for healing, there is less-widely reported potential to harm—that is when we push our bodies so far we end up injured. “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body,” published yesterday in the New York Times Magazine, states that “a growing body of medical evidence supports [the] contention that, for many people, a number of commonly taught yoga poses are inherently risky.” The piece was excerpted from the forthcoming book, The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards, written by a Times senior writer and longtime yoga practitioner William Broad.[Read More]

How Can Yoga Wreck Your Body? A Response.
If you are paying attention in the yoga world you have probably come across the recent article from The New York Times, How Yoga Can Wreak Your Body.This article outlines the dangers of the practice of asana as it has evolved in the West. Yoga in our culture has become much about the postures, rushing quickly or straining from pose to pose in what could better be described as calisthenics, bearing only a minor relation to the true roots of the practice and virtually ignoring the integrity of the postures. While the occasional class in this manner shouldn’t cause many problems, a repetitive practice like this will slowly reveal underlying physical weakness and cause problems later down the road.[Read More]

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