Yoga classes are a staple offering at destination spas and the one class that many resort spas offer. So a frisson of fear went through the spa world, not to mention the larger yoga community, when an article called "How Yoga Wrecks Your Body" appeared in The New York Times Magazine. Excerpted from a book called The Science of Yoga by William J. Broad, a respected science writer for The New York Times, the article was filled with tales of injures, including strokes. One yoga teacher said the vast majority of people should give up yoga altogether because it was too likely to cause harm.
But people forget magazine articles pretty quickly, and the book itself is a significant contribution to the study of yoga, separately fact from fiction, clarifying yoga's history, and detailing how yoga can really help, how it can harm, and how to avoid injuries. I think its a must-read for anyone with a yoga practice, yoga teachers, and for managers working at spas who offer yoga. Read the full review
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