The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards
I would call myself a rational, realistic person who is skeptical of wide eyed, exaggerated flavour of the month fitness and nutrition health claims. I've also been practicing yoga for over 13 years now. Therefore, it has frequently been a challenge for me to reconcile the inherently flaky, faux spirituality present in any urban yoga studio with the quite obvious reality that there are clear physical and mental benefits to practicing yoga.
This book lays out the ...more
A surprising number of studies have documented benefits of yoga in reducing depression, fixing muscle and back problems, and possibly improving sex. In this well-documented book, science journalist William Broad discusses these benefits, as well as a number of mistaken beliefs about the benefits of yoga, possible sources of injury, and some history of the discipline. The kind of yoga Broad is referring to is basically postural yoga; the word yoga can have broader and more spiritual implications...more
Not a really controversial thesis here. As with any other exercise, you can hurt yourself. As with any other exercise, you can improve some aspects of your health.
Certain yoga poses might cause neck strain--check, not new information. Those same ...more
There was a big hoopla on the NYT in January 2012 on how this book warns of the dark dangers of yoga. Bro ...more
1- Yoga does not improve cardivascular fitness.
2- Yoga is likely to cause you to gain weight, rather than lose it, because it decreases your metabolism.
3- Yoga significantly improves symptoms of anxiety and depression, across the board.
4- Yoga measurably, vastly improves your libido and sexual function.
5- Your brain on yoga, as measured by MRIs, is like your brain on spiritual inspiration and orgasm.
So don't do yoga to get in shape, ...more
However, I think the author was a little too insistent that yoga did not provide a cardiova ...more
After such riling and aggrevating headlines such as "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body" and "Yoga and Sex Scandals: No Surprise Here," I needed to get to the bottom of what this man William Broad was talking about in his Science of Yoga.
Broad states that "a synomym for science is organized skepticism". And so with a fire in my belly, I opened his book.
Although I found his tone to be somewhat sanctimonious and sexist, like a ...more
The book situates modern yoga, the physical and scientific endeavor, as a development to promote Indian nationalism in the mid-nineteenth century. In an early and startling scientific disappointment - even with the recent tinkering of adding Sun Salutat ...more
What I wanted, I guess, was a collection of nuggets of information that were going to help me (I've been practicing yoga, on and off, but medium-seriously at times, for ten years) understand better just what yoga is, how it helps me, and how ...more
It deserves to be read by anyone interested in yoga. The benefits and drawbacks are looked into and not just by anecdotes. There are doctors and psychiatrists as well as many teachers. The main fault, to me, is that their sampling seems mostl ...more
What really pushed me to read the book though was the development of some neck and arm pain about a month into my new hobby/exercise/self-awareness program ("yoga"). I f ...more
According to this book, yoga can help with your depression and increase your sex drive. It can also cause great harm. Strokes, torn muscles, and a myriad of other injuries are highly possible if poses are done incorrect ...more
He debunks a few myths by ca ...more
I must say, I had high hopes for a book with this title, and my hopes were not filled. The author's prose is nice, and the book is written in a fine manner, that is easy to read. However, It must be said that the book does seem to have a sour mood and overall negative tone. He's been doing yoga for 40+ years and he doesn't ...more
This book impressed me when I first opened it and saw right-up-front, a page with a paragraph about each of the current yoga styles, and several pages with a paragraph about each of the major characters in the book, and a 7 page chronology from 1500 BC to the present. And, at the back there is a 2 page list of "Further Reading", which includes Yoga for Arthritis: The Complete Guide. The body of this book includes a lot about the author, Loren Fishman.
"Yoga Journal - the field's leading magazine ...more
If you are a weekend warrior yoga practitioner / have a casual practice/ are just getting started, or self identify as one who is very competitive, it's even more important for you to read this book...but there's a danger you'll be scared off from yoga.
William Broad has been practicing since 1970. He's not out to attack yoga. He ...more
"The Science of Yoga" definitely has a plethora of advice to offer. From how the face of yoga has been blemished due to commercialization (aka popular yoga) to myths about yoga aiding weig ...more
I've been doing yoga for over a decade now and this was a well written and thoroughly researched book that I wish I had when I first started - I highly recommend it for both beginners and the seasoned yogis. Unfortunately most won't like what it has to say.
This is not a guide to yoga, or ...more
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