How a non-New York Times paper reports on the health benefits of yoga

The following article got sent to us with this as the email subject line: “Compare The Hindu vs NY Times on Yoga.”

So, we will. Remember the last NY Times piece.

Now this from the Hindu about practicing the Anjali mudra:

This simple gesture conveys welcome, reverence and an attitude of serenity. The act of placing your palms together brings to your own attention the meeting of the two distinct halves of your being; the right side of the body with the left, the physical body with the energy body, the masculine aspect of you with the feminine aspect and the right brain with the left brain.

From a physiological point of view, the gentle and steady pressure on the palms activates both sides of the brain, making the body and mind more alert and present.

The true meanings of the practice of Anjali mudra may be lost to time and used merely because it is traditional, but its impact on your being is significant enough for it to serve as an effective recharge button. Sitting quietly with the mudra with your eyes closed as you breathe deeply is a pause that lets your mind take a break from its frantic workload.

It goes on to give some simple steps, so check it out if you could use a little quiet at work.

On a separate subject, we haven’t seen any new news about BKS Iyengar, who was admitted to a hospital earlier this week with heart and kindey problems. We’re keeping our eyes on it as best we can.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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