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"Six Reasons to Ignore the New York Times' Yoga Article

You can’t expect the Sort of People Who Tend to Read The Times to freak out about Amber Alerts and Child Molesters. The readership simply isn’t concerned with anything that has no direct effect on them, unless that thing is cool (design), epic in scale (Nicholas Kristof) or risible (Tom Friedman). About the only thing that will get upper-middle-class coast dwellers into a frenzy is the idea—the word ‘fact’ is so black and white, n’est-ce pas?—that Some Day They Are Going To Fucking Die. Like to exercise a lot? That might MAKE YOU DIE.

Sarah Miller takes on the recent NYT alarmist piece on the dangers of yoga with great humor that illuminates some of the twisted poses in the original argument.

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"Practice ease rather than force..."

via @czilka

Injuries aren’t part of yoga. Injuries are part of “not yoga.” Yoga, just like life, is ours to create. It’s ours to create yoga that’s struggling, striving, pushing and forcing; a life that reinforces the strain and difficulty in our bodies and minds. It’s also ours to create a yoga that is calm and peaceful. And a life that is capable and easy in any setting, under any challenge. - Michael Taylor

Indeed, pursuing the better, be it in fitness, spirit, or creativity should take no effort, but a willingness let our attention takes us there. Or, as Simone Weil said: ” We have to try to cure our faults by attention and not by will.”

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When the ego is in charge of your yoga pose, your body is bound to suffer

Good piece in The New York Time Magazine (January 8, 2012) by William J. Broad on the many ways in which yoga can injure its practitioners, including some senior teachers, if the ego makes them blind to the limits they should recognize they possess, be it because of age, inexperience, lifestyle and such.

Not just students but celebrated teachers too, Black said, injure themselves in droves because most have underlying physical weaknesses or problems that make serious injury all but inevitable. Instead of doing yoga, “they need to be doing a specific range of motions for articulation, for organ condition,” he said, to strengthen weak parts of the body. “Yoga is for people in good physical condition. Or it can be used therapeutically. It’s controversial to say, but it really shouldn’t be used for a general class.”

I took great pains to learn to do a headstand, and sure enough, great pains is what I ended up with….

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