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Posing as Fitness

The New York Times Book Review

by Pankaj Mishra


A few years ago, the pop singer Sting confided to an interviewer that a specific yoga asana, or posture, had enabled him to have sexual intercourse with his wife, the star of a line of yoga videos, for as long as eight hours at a time. ''Your stomach,'' he said, ''goes as near to the spine as you can make it, . . . and you never lose control, you just keep going.'' The news of this priapic tour de force ''went around the world,'' in Sting's own words, ''like a forest fire.'' Then he admitted he had been joking. His epic bouts of lovemaking, he said, included ''four hours of begging, then a movie and then dinner.'' Read full article >>

RADICAL HEALING : Yoga with Gary Kraftsow

Yoga + Joyful Living

by Anna Dubrovsky



The nationally acclaimed yoga teacher couldn’t move when he woke up from brain surgery. But that didn’t stop him from practicing yoga.


Gary Kraftsow noticed something strange as he walked to the podium to deliver the keynote address at the April 2004 Northwest Yoga Festival. He noticed he wasn’t walking in a straight line. Instead, he drifted right like a car overdue for a wheel alignment. Read full article >>

Stretching: The Truth

The New York Times

by Gretchen Reynolds


WHEN DUANE KNUDSON, a professor of kinesiology at California State University, Chico, looks around campus at athletes warming up before practice, he sees one dangerous mistake after another. “They’re stretching, touching their toes. . . . ” He sighs. “It’s discouraging.”


If you’re like most of us, you were taught the importance of warm-up exercises back in grade school, and you’ve likely continued with pretty much the same routine ever since. Science, however, has moved on. Researchers now believe that some of the more entrenched elements of many athletes’ warm-up regimens are not only a waste of time but actually bad for you. The old presumption that holding a stretch for 20 to 30 seconds — known as static stretching — primes muscles for a workout is dead wrong. Read full article >>

Medical News: Back Pain

MedPage Today

by Katrina Woznicki


Viniyoga proved to be effective in relieving lower back pain as shown in the clinical study conducted by the National Institute of Health.


SEATTLE, Dec. 20 - The ancient practice of yoga proved to be more effective in reducing chronic back pain than either aerobic exercise or a self-help book.

So says a study in the Dec. 20 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine in which investigators compared three types of treatment among 101 chronic back pain patients.

They found a gentle form of yoga called viniyoga proved to be more beneficial in alleviating back pain symptoms and improving function. The benefits also lingered weeks after the study was over. Read full article >>