Eddie Stern: William Broad, you’ve been served

In just the past couple of days, Eddie Stern has tossed a lot up on his AYNY blog (and re-designed it again). We’ll to everything, if you’ve missed it, but we’ll begin with his (self-admittedly delayed) response to a William Broad article in the New York Times last fall: As Broad’s by-line lists him as … Continue reading Eddie Stern: William Broad, you’ve been served

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

Are you misusing yoga?

Pegged to BKS Iyengar’s passing this week, the Washington Post — which we link to far less than the New York Times or even the LA Times — has a religion column online that makes a very NYT-ish claim: That Iyengar’s passing “revives a debate about whether most Western practitioners are misusing yoga, misunderstanding it as primarily … Continue reading Are you misusing yoga?

NY Times writer at it again: This time, it’s women in danger from yoga

William Broad, the New York Times writer who ticked off a bunch of yogis (including Eddie Stern) with his book last year, and excerpted article in the Times, highlighting the dangers of yoga, is at it again. Last time, it was mostly men who were at risk from yoga. With less flexibility than women, many … Continue reading NY Times writer at it again: This time, it’s women in danger from yoga

The problem with yoga being too flaky and New Agey

It turns off men, basically. Now, you probably know this already. But it’s still a good story for the mainstream media. And the Washington Post is the latest to touch in on the female-to-male ratio of yoga practitioners in the West. (After all, as the Post notes, that fairly famous Yoga Journal survey in 2012 … Continue reading The problem with yoga being too flaky and New Agey

Blog highlight: How Ashtanga can wreck your ego

Note: While we are in India, we intend to post new items if we have the Internet access. In the meantime, to keep our mojo going, we’re running some of our most popular posts. This post ran a year ago — in other words, it’s been a year since the whole “how yoga can wreck … Continue reading Blog highlight: How Ashtanga can wreck your ego

Two annoying yoga things out there today

I’m already regretting this post, but I’ll toss it out there in the hopes of amusing a few people. Two yoga-related things breezed across my virtual desk today, and rather than bottling up my reactions, and I’m going to release them. The first is a silly one. It is from a piece at MagforWomen on … Continue reading Two annoying yoga things out there today

Google this: Mindfulness training and yoga in the mainstream

As we stretch our boundaries a little — the looming Yatra will do that — and pull in some threads on science and yoga, it is difficult to resist passing on this tale out of Google. It comes via the NY Times. Headline: OK, Google, Take a Deep Breath. And it is what it sounds like. … Continue reading Google this: Mindfulness training and yoga in the mainstream

Tim Miller reminds us what’s important

It’s been a busy couple of days here at ye olde Confluence Countdown. By busy I mean traffic- and engagement-wise. My ruminations on loving the practice got some nice dialogue, and our discovering this morning of the Jones gift to the University of Virginia has drawn some folks to our corner of the Interweb. Love, … Continue reading Tim Miller reminds us what’s important