challenging yoga



yoga - laughing - lotus poseIt’s no secret that we love yoga. As a practice, it helps us stay balanced and active, as a mantra it keeps us happy, focused and clear. Until now, the ancient practice has, for the most part, stayed true to its intent and maintained a low profile. Recently, yoga has become a hot topic — facing scrutiny from both media and yogis alike. While we value the practice, sometimes it feels good to let loose, challenge our beliefs and stop taking everything too seriously. Here are some of our favourite media pieces that have stirred the pot, threw us off balance and made us really stop and think.

how yoga can wreck your body – William J. Broad, New York Times

is the new york times wrecking yoga? the community responds – Yoga Dork

yoga instructors push back at new york time article on injury risk – Casey Schwartz, The Daily Beast

sh*t yogis say – by yours truly.

you call that tree pose? – Jessica Pressier, New York Magazine

annoying? yoga? surely not – Sarah Miller, The Guardian

What’s your preference? A serious, traditional and meditative practice or a light-hearted class with a little wiggle room?

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If you are going to read “you call that a tree pose” by Jessica Pressier, New York Magazine, please also read David Regelin’s response to her article, titled “you call that an article?”

http://yoganonymous.org/david-regelin-ny-mag-yoga-article-response/

Comment by Mariam Alexanian — January 13, 2012 @ 11:14 am


Hey Mariam,

Thanks for adding that article to the conversation!

Comment by Allessia — January 13, 2012 @ 11:21 am


Welcome :)

Comment by Mariam Alexanian — January 13, 2012 @ 11:35 am


Yoga is about balance! You can have fun and laugh and joke around and but you have to have moments of seriousness as well, were you really work at your poses.

Comment by Robyn — January 14, 2012 @ 9:55 am


These media pieces are GREAT! I think it’s important to read a variety of perspectives so that A. we’re informed yogis and B. we have a better understanding of what drives our own individual practices. In terms of what kind of practice I like I would have to say both. I am a dedicated Bikram’er- love the discipline and ‘seriousness’. I do enjoy my SMY yoga classes as well- nice to offset a stricter/controlled practice with a class that is light and fun. I find the mental/physical benefits and challenges of different practices provide great variety- definitely get the best of both worlds!

Comment by Anil N. Singh — January 16, 2012 @ 5:51 am


Allessia, its really a wonderful article.Thank you so much for sharing this. As a yoga practitioner that has no access to a class, these sequences are a great help! Thanks.

Comment by Charliecoy — December 13, 2012 @ 1:28 am


You should also check out the little story Fox news did about “the sisification of America and yoga” Its a bit insane kind of like all the stuff they have on there. I wish I could have the reporter blabbering about yoga not being a sport come to this studio http://www.bikramithaca.com and see if he could make it through one class.

Comment by Hot Yoga Ithaca — January 11, 2013 @ 9:18 pm


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