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The Corruption of Yoga: Updated

February 2, 2012

February 2, 2012

Who should be allowed to teach Yoga? CNN is asking the right question. Are the answers also right?

January 25, 2012

Here is another take on Yoga and how it has been commandeered to do service in the interest of a particular practitioners personal vision. But there are some interesting new facts which make this article worth reading.

January 23, 2012

The latest in what is an unending desire to twist everything right into something almost entirely wrong. ‘Hot Yoga” which  is supposed to be practiced in a hot environment so that you can sweat out the toxins. And here we were taught that sweating is not the purpose of Yoga at all!

January 5, 2012

There are some completely unacceptable phrases in this article published in the New York Time on January 5, 2012. All through the use of the word “extreme” in the context of Yoga makes this irresponsible writing.  While there is reference to BKS Iyengar there are no references to the Bihar School of Yoga. Contortion and holding poses for unbearable lengths of time is not Yoga. This is what happens when you take ancient wisdom out of its traditional context, export and modify it till it is corrupted into a monstrous parody of its original manifestation. Clearly the teachers and students mentioned in this article are worse than the blind leading the even more blind. This article is based on a soon to be published book on the “risks and rewards” Yoga. How authentic can it be with these half baked theories tossed about?  The article is filled with examples of people who attempted to do what the fully fit would with pre-existing physical problems. No one checked no one cautioned.  A little more thought would have convinced the writer that this is not the fault of the system but of the teachers and those being taught. Worst of all is the complete absence of any cases where the therapeutic aspects of Yoga have been conclusively established. What we were told when we learnt Yoga and what we taught our students was how NOT to push the body beyond what is tolerable and how to avoid certain types of asanas if there were physical problems of any kind. You did not start doing anything before a doctor checked you out. You did not push and persist if there was the slightest unease in any movement, twist or bend. You decided how long you would hold a pose and no one insisted you stand on your head and damage your brain. Listen to your body, we were told and use your common sense. You are your own best teacher at all times.

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