July 20, 1997
I found "Lotus Blossoms" (June 19) on demystifying yoga disturbing. Having spent several months in India researching yoga for my doctoral dissertation, I discovered that we in the West do not know what yoga is nor what it can do. It should not be an option to replace aerobics or jogging. Taking the ancient science of yoga out of context and turning it into an ordinary method of maintaining physical fitness can become dangerous not only to the uninitiated, but also to the science of yoga itself.
November 23, 2008 |
Malaysia's top Islamic body banned Muslims from practicing yoga, saying the Indian physical exercise contains elements of Hinduism that could corrupt Muslims. The national council that has the authority to rule on how Muslims must conduct their faith, issued a fatwa, or edict, saying that yoga involves not just exercise but also includes Hindu spiritual elements, chanting and worship. Decisions by the council in Malaysia are not legally binding on Muslims, who make up nearly two-thirds of the country's 25 million people, unless they are enshrined in national or Sharia laws.
September 4, 2012 |
Justin Bieber showed off a new tattoo Monday on Twitter. The 18-year-old singer posted a shirtless picture displaying his new ink: a tattoo of a crown on his right chest. Cool tat Biebs, now what's with the hair and that pained face? [E! Online] Old Navy is doing some sartorial damage control after a sharp-eyed shopper spotted a mistake on one of their printed sports shirts. The shirts read Houston Texans 1961 AFC champions. The correct team name is the Houston Oilers and the big game was an AFL title.
May 31, 2011 |
The W Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Ariz., is offering a three-night package with fun extras such as a spa treatment, private yoga class and sushi dinner. It's a nice deal -- provided you can stand the heat. Scottsdale's summer temperatures zoom into triple digits, but maybe that's not a bad trade-off for some free pampering. The deal: I like this Destination Sensation package because it allows two people to sample some nice W touches. With a stay of at least three nights, get a lime and ginger salt glow at the Bliss Spa , do yoga at sunrise or sunset, dine at the hotel's Sushi Roku on the first night, get a ride to Camelback Mountain for a hike and take a "foodie tour" that includes a $50 voucher for two that's good at five restaurants in Scottsdale.
September 19, 2005
Develop a supple spine and more flexibility in your back muscles by performing yoga postures such as these. First practice the easier, hand-to-floor version of the twisted crescent, then try the more advanced version. Like all twisting exercises, it's important to spend equal time revolving in each direction to promote balance. Most of us have one side that is a little tighter than the other, so don't get discouraged by your less-flexible side.
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February 16, 2009 |
To start their morning Sunday, about 20 Jews attended a Mechitza Minyan service in a ballroom of a Costa Mesa hotel, praying in Hebrew, with separate seating for men and women. A few doors down, a group wearing sweat pants and T-shirts began their day by breathing deeply and twisting their bodies in a class titled "My Body, My Temple: Yoga for the Jewish Soul." A couple of hours later, a third group engaged in a discussion about Israel's national security agenda.
September 22, 1989
Clara Spring, 90, a yoga teacher who taught the discipline to thousands of devotees since coming to California in 1950. She was the author of "Yoga for Today," first published in 1959 and since reprinted several times in many languages. A ballerina as a girl, she became attracted to yoga when she was 17 in New York City. She operated two studios in Southern California, one in Pasadena and one in West Hollywood, and her clientele included several film stars. She also taught for several years at the Claremont Colleges.
September 15, 1997
It is shocking that the very first issue on Health should be so misleading about yoga, not to say insulting ("The Road From Hell to Nirvana," by Martin Miller). The picture there is awful, it is vulgar, it is certainly not yoga. Do you see anything even closely resembling spirituality, soulfulness and purity of thought there? Yoga is not just a set of weird poses. The so-called masters have commercialized and corrupted a divine art and a pure way of life. RUPA DORE Arcadia
January 7, 2002
As a two-year student of Bikram yoga, I believe Hilary E. MacGregor is too hasty in labeling it as "extreme" ("A Yoga Novice Searches for the Best Fit," Dec. 24). First, and easiest to reconcile, the body and mind quickly adjust to the warmth of Bikram studios. Second, Bikram teachers and instruction vary dramatically in manner and intensity. Though teachers uniformly speak of the indoctrination of their training, many of these same teachers, in their own studios far removed from the Bikram Beverly Hills headquarters, strike a healthful balance.
February 6, 2012 |
Who knew yoga could be so dangerous? Or is the risk overblown? A woman falls asleep in seated forward fold and damages both sciatic nerves. A man sits on his heels for hours (over a period of days or weeks) and deadens nerves in his lower legs. A woman practices Kapalbhati — forceful exhaling — and collapses a lung. A woman attempting the wheel — essentially, making the body arc like a croquet wicket — balances on her head, bends her neck backward and suffers a stroke. Author William J. Broad, a yogi since 1970 and the chief science writer for the New York Times, remains devoted to the practice.