Wait, I thought yoga caused the pain

Apparently yoga, despite my experience, may help people relieve their pain. I know, I’m thinking the exact. Same. Thing. This is according to a post at the New York Times’ Well blog from a few days ago: The reasons for this are varied. Some researchers believe that yoga may alleviate pain through relaxation and the … Continue reading Wait, I thought yoga caused the pain

Catholic school in Agra promotes yoga through art exhibit

It’s no secret that yoga isn’t universally practiced in India; some people even argue that, at this point, yoga is more popular in the West than in its homeland. There’s no secret, either, that yogis and others in India are trying to change that. But this story runs a little counter to the normal expectation. … Continue reading Catholic school in Agra promotes yoga through art exhibit

Stern on yoga as religion, Iggy Pop and the fallacies of Dowd

I’ve been seeing some photos on Facebook purporting to be work going on at the Ashtanga Yoga New York studio. I wasn’t sure I was making proper sense of them. Seemingly, I was. There’s work a plenty going on there, and that has Eddie Stern behind on his news. But he catches up on Tuesday … Continue reading Stern on yoga as religion, Iggy Pop and the fallacies of Dowd

A counter to the whole ‘yoga makes you fat’ idea

Just days after we learn that a major book on yoga — by a New York Times science writer, no less — is going to argue that yoga, in fact, makes you fat, a piece appears on Yahoo! Sports that highlights three kinds of yoga to help you lose weight. And Ashtanga comes at the … Continue reading A counter to the whole ‘yoga makes you fat’ idea

New book: Does yoga make you fat?

The hits keep coming from the New York Times. Along with asking the question “Om or not“, the Times today has a column by Maureen Dowd that focuses on a new book by a Times science writer. It’s called “The Science of Yoga: The Myths and the Rewards,” by William Broad. Here is a bit … Continue reading New book: Does yoga make you fat?

Virasana and a lesson in patience

If I haven’t mentioned this, I’m tight. But I’m sure I’ve mentioned it. During our August retreat at Mt. Shasta, Tim Miller proscribed — among other things, and as only the latest proscriptions — Virasana to loosen my quads and, I hope, help protect my knees in Lotus and similar poses. I’ve tweaked the tendons … Continue reading Virasana and a lesson in patience

Music, yoga and Ashtanga

I know I’m pushing the proper boundaries of Ashtanga here, but after thinking earlier about MC Yogi’s presence at the Confluence, having this story pop upon on my radar seemed somehow fated. It’s from the Times of India: “When music and yoga combine to heal.” In a traditional Mysore room, of course, there’s no music … Continue reading Music, yoga and Ashtanga