Swenson, Forrest, Kraftsow vs. Broad: New York Yoga throwdown

The battle of yoga heavyweights versus the author of that science of yoga book that we’ve all be clamoring for is happening.

Mark your calendars: April 15, Hilton, New York City. 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Yoga Journal Conference: Yoga Shouldn’t Hurt.

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s get ready to rrrrrummmmmbbbbllllle.

Here’s the description:

We often hear about the many health benefits to be gained from a regular yoga practice. While there is much potential for healing, there has recently been much media attention on the potential for harm. Join Ana Forrest, Gary Kraftsow, David Swensen and William Broad, author of the highly-publicized book The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards as they discuss the complexities of this controversial topic. Moderated by Yoga Journal Editor in Chief, Kaitlin Quistgaard.

I can’t help this, please forgive me: I envision Broad somehow overcoming first Kraftsow, then Forrest and finally, after an epic back-and-forth, exchanging verbal haymakers, he barely outlasts Swenson. It appears he has won, proving that he is the master of talking about yoga and injury. He begins to gloat, to egg on the crowd.

And then there’s a sudden buzz in the back of the room. It grows louder, a little chaotic. The crowd packs together.

The crowd parts, and Broad looks out to see:

Eddie Stern. “Mic check,” he says, and the fun begins.

This is worth posting again, as a result, and as some lame defense for my imaginative portrait above:

I may have watched Rocky III too many times as a kid. And too many Marvin Haggler fights.

Seriously, though, I would be very curious to see this. And I’d be curious how it fits into the book’s marketing effort.

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