More on yoga, science and staying healthy

A while back, we posted a two-part interview with Dr. Marshall Hagins (Part 1 and Part 2), who has been working with Eddie Stern on studies of yoga’s positive effects on hypertension. Here’s a taste of that: Q. I’ll jump right to what seems like “the big question” when science and yoga (or meditation or … Continue reading More on yoga, science and staying healthy

Ashtanga, Rolfing and the science of the esoteric

The latest Rolfing session was the most uneventful. Not the most compelling way to draw you in, I’ll admit. It was focused around mula and uddiyana bandhas, or, to use the precise scientific and anatomical term, my belly. And I guess because that didn’t seem to be a big problem area, I don’t necessarily have a … Continue reading Ashtanga, Rolfing and the science of the esoteric

How ‘The Science of Yoga’ book might be hurting yogis

Like most yoga-related media, when “The Science of Yoga” came out earlier this year, we felt obligated to talk about it. Of course, as with a ton of the yoga media, we approached the book with a certain amount of animosity given its big pre-release was via a New York Times magazine article that focused … Continue reading How ‘The Science of Yoga’ book might be hurting yogis

What science can teach yoga, Part II

Below is Part II of our Q&A with Dr. Marshall Hagins of Long Island University, who is collaborating with Eddie Stern on a study of yoga’s effects on people with hypertension. The yoga being studied is Ashtanga-based. If you missed Part I, which contains all the background, you can check it out here. Q. Another … Continue reading What science can teach yoga, Part II

What science can teach yoga

Does science have anything it can teach yoga? Does yoga need to be “validated” by science in order to be embraced by more people in the West? Or is it somehow the opposite? Those questions — among others — circled around a couple pieces of news in April: the big, $12-million donation from the Tudor … Continue reading What science can teach yoga

Contemplation, Ashtanga, science and evolution

It may be my Western mind, but I’m finding talk of the marriage between science and yoga — Ashtanga specifically — to be fascinating. Judging by comments here, and emails we’ve received, I don’t seem to be alone. Just to recap the highlights: In the past few weeks, there has been news about the $12-million … Continue reading Contemplation, Ashtanga, science and evolution

Eddie Stern tells us more about the yoga-science connection

Earlier this week, we noted that Eddie Stern had designed the yoga practice part of a study on the efficacy of yoga and meditation on hypertension. More specifically, the study intends to test the following: Volunteers are currently being recruited for “Effectiveness of Yoga on Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Patients With Pre- and Stage I … Continue reading Eddie Stern tells us more about the yoga-science connection

Eddie Stern, yoga and science

On the heels of the big Tudor Jones grant for a Contemplative Studies Center at the University of Virginia comes this bit of news bringing together yoga and science: Volunteers are currently being recruited for “Effectiveness of Yoga on Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Patients With Pre- and Stage I Hypertension” study being conducted at Long … Continue reading Eddie Stern, yoga and science

Ashtanga meets science — what could make more sense?

We’ve all had a day to ponder the $12-million gift from the billionaire backers of Jois Yoga to the University of Virginia. The goal: to establish a center of contemplative studies, one that incorporates yoga, meditation and similar pursuits into the framework of an academic institution. (Scroll down our main page to see more or … Continue reading Ashtanga meets science — what could make more sense?

Where the marketers for ‘The Science of Yoga’ went wrong

First off, a disclaimer: Bobbie does not approve of this post. She thinks we ought to say nothing about The Science of Yoga book, mainly because the author continues to say the most ridiculous and inane things in promoting it. I’m sure you’ve seen them, so I don’t have to rehash. Instead, I’ll direct you … Continue reading Where the marketers for ‘The Science of Yoga’ went wrong