Danny Paradise: ‘I consider yoga the science of strength’

After happening upon the video of Danny Paradise last week, I felt compelled to check out his website and see if there’s anything new there. There is. Sort of. I hadn’t checked in a while, so this piece from the German Yoga Journal dates to July 2014. But I haven’t seen it floating around anywhere, … Continue reading Danny Paradise: ‘I consider yoga the science of strength’

The science of Ashtanga in the Kali Yuga

It’s been a while — nearly a year — but Guy Donahaye is back with a new blog post: Vijnana – The Science of Ashtanga Yoga in the Kali Yuga. It touches on Krishnamacharya, Guruji and Patanjali. A few excerpts to get you to check it out: Krishnamacharya was a highly religious man, a member … Continue reading The science of Ashtanga in the Kali Yuga

Yes! Science-approved: Coffee naps

Here’s one that we cannot not pass on: the power of the coffee nap. Via Vox: If you’re feeling sleepy and want to wake yourself up — and have 20 minutes or so to spare before you need to be fully alert — there’s something you should try. It’s more effective than drinking a cup … Continue reading Yes! Science-approved: Coffee naps

YoKids conference focuses on the science and how-to of teaching yoga to kids

Missed this ahead of time, but on Saturday a national conference took place — Eddie Stern was a presenter — in Washington DC that focused on teaching yoga to kids: the how, why and how to. Preview story in the Washington Post is here: More than 40 presenters, including instructors, scientific researchers and musicians, will … Continue reading YoKids conference focuses on the science and how-to of teaching yoga to kids

Here’s what 60 minutes of yoga is equal to, according to ‘science’

Building off our Saturday post about the New York Times “Ask Well” feature that found yoga is too gentle to be a person’s sole exercise, I thought I’d compare some other activities to how the NYT — via one study in particular — measured the physical intensity of 60 minutes of yoga. And I’ll put … Continue reading Here’s what 60 minutes of yoga is equal to, according to ‘science’

A little science to back up Ashtanga’s early morning practice

According to a new study out this week, Ashtangis are doing something right in getting up and practicing at the crack of dawn. We do need to make sure of one thing, though: that we’re getting a little light during our vinyasas. Because I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty dark where and when we … Continue reading A little science to back up Ashtanga’s early morning practice

At Whole Foods, you can get pseudoscience with your non-GMO veggies

Like you, we have given over too much of our paychecks too many times to Whole Foods. You want fresh, organic foods, what are you going to do? (We did this.) If, while browsing through the wide, clean aisles, you’ve wondered about some of the claims made by some of the products in Whole Foods … Continue reading At Whole Foods, you can get pseudoscience with your non-GMO veggies

Deepak Chopra, Arianna Huffington lead meditation at Contemplative Sciences Center

This week, Deepak Chopra and Arianna Huffington headlined — if one can headline such a thing — a meditation at the University of Virginia, as guests of the school’s Contemplative Sciences Center. To refresh your memory, that’s the institute that Sonia and Paul Tudor Jones — backers of Jois Yoga and the Sonima Foundation — … Continue reading Deepak Chopra, Arianna Huffington lead meditation at Contemplative Sciences Center

Science offers a good reason not to practice Ashtanga on a Moon Day

We all know there are a variety of rationales behind the Ashtanga “no practice on Moon Days” rule. Here’s a link to Tim Miller on the topic. (Quite a few online sites send you to that link.) Here’s Richard Freeman. Well, now science has come along to give us another good reason not to practice, at … Continue reading Science offers a good reason not to practice Ashtanga on a Moon Day

Jois-connected Contemplative Sciences Center to offer free online courses

I’ve been periodically checking in with the Paul Tudor and Sonia Jones-backed Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia since its $12-million funding was announced a year ago. There hasn’t been a lot to see, I have to admit. But today, for whatever reason, I finally found the Center’s UVa web home. In other words, those … Continue reading Jois-connected Contemplative Sciences Center to offer free online courses