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CBS New York – Seen at 11: The Yoga Debate

CBS New York, by Maurice Dubois
Yoga is synonymous with health and wellness, but in some cases it is causing pain and anguish. Now, some are calling the practice unsafe, sparking a debate so fierce it’s shaking the normally Zen community to its core. CBS 2′s Maurice Dubois reports.

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NY Times – Yoga and Sex Scandals: No Surprise Here

Washington Post, February 21, 2012 by William J. Broad
The wholesome image of yoga took a hit in the past few weeks as a rising star of the discipline came tumbling back to earth. After accusations of sexual impropriety with female students, John Friend, the founder of Anusara, one of the world’s fastest-growing styles, told followers that he was stepping down for an indefinite period of “self-reflection, therapy and personal retreat.”

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Washington Post – Yoga is good (and sometimes bad) for you

Washington Post, February 21, 2012 by Whitney Fetterhoff
From Bikram to Vinyasa, it seems like yoga has become the exercise experience of choice these days.

In “The Science of Yoga,” New York Times science writer William J. Broad examines the growing popularity of yoga and some of his findings are surprising.

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Mad Yogis: Is That an Oxymoron (Or a New Twist On an Ancient Practice)?

Huffington Post, February 21, 2012 by Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH
It happens a lot. I’m in a yoga class, really aiming to do precisely what the teacher says. That is, visualize my breath flowing through my body down to my toes and into the tips of my fingers. I let go of any angry thoughts. I relax my jaw. And then it happens. I can’t help but think what would make this wonderfully together and peaceful and grounded and full of inner-happiness yoga instructor really lose it.

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Yoganation.com – Get Real: Controversial Writer talks about “The Science of Yoga”

Yoganation.com, February 21, 2012
New York Times senior science writer, William J. Broad came under fire in early January for his article “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body”. In it, he recounted shocking stories and studies of yoga-related injuries. The article enraged parts of the yoga community who felt it scared newcomers and discredited yoga.

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It’s Not Too Late to Become a Yoga Believer

New York Times, Well, February 21, 2012 by Jane Brody
After reading my colleague William J. Broad’s new book, “The Science of Yoga,” and observing a class at my local Y, I see there may be a lot more to this centuries-old activity, more to its benefits and its risks, than I had ever imagined.

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Shape.com – 10 Must Have Health and Fitness Books

Shape.com, February 20, 2012 by Ysolt Usigan
The Science of Yoga by William J. Broad (Simon & Schuster, 2012) takes its readers through a journey of discovery. Learn everything you need to know about yoga, from a health, fitness, and emotional well-being standpoint. Broad, a science writer for the New York Times, talks about the risks and rewards of practicing yoga (plus, its many myths and unexpected benefits), as well as teaches about yoga’s historical context.

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Kirkus Reviews – 10 Must-Reads in New Nonfiction

kirkusreviews.com, February 16, 2012
Based on ancient ideas about the effect of body positions and breath control on mind and spirit, yoga first flowered in India as the centerpiece of Tantric cults that searched for enlightenment in sexual ecstasy…Modern yogis and yoginis have continued to claim extraordinary powers for the new varieties of yoga, calling them miracle exercises that are completely safe and more aerobic and slimming than even running or swimming. New York Times senior writer Broad, who has practiced yoga since 1970, carefully pulls apart these claims, citing decades of scientific research and medical practice…

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Sally Quinn’s “On Faith” Blog – Q&A

WashingtonPost.com, February 15, 2012 by Sally Quinn
This week of lovers, On Faith is talking to William Broad, author of “The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards,” about the sensual side of yoga.

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Interview with William Broad, NOT a Yoga Basher!

SmarterBodies.com, February 13, 2012
We were fortunate enough to snag an interview with possibly the most spoken about man in the yoga community these days, William Broad. The author of the book, The Science of Yoga, had some interesting reactions and comments about the recent controversy surrounding that article, and was kind enough to answer other questions. We may not agree with everything in the book and you might not either, but, as serious yoga teachers, we are thrilled to see material like this entering the mainstream of yoga culture!

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Yoga: Use with Caution

New Hampshire Public Radio “Word of Mouth”, February 13, 2012
When William Broad held his first yoga pose in 1970, his intention was to attain better health, both in mind and in body. Now a practitioner of more than four decades, he’s looking at yoga from another perspective, trying to mete out the benefits of yoga from widely held myths, and along the way, revealing a downside of yoga that’s placed him firmly at the center of a decidedly un-zen firestorm of controversy.

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What SMARTerBodies Thinks About the New York Times Article

SmarterBodies.com, February 12, 2012
…There is a plethora of reactionary blog posts, Facebook messages and tweets that accuse Glenn Black and NYT of producing at the least a sensationalist piece of journalism and at the worst threatening the place of yoga in mainstream America and in the hearts and minds of many followers. We have completely lost patience for many of these responses as they seem to reveal a lack of critical thinking, threatening the integrity of teachers as it seems they did not read the article thoroughly before responding. It’s time to put an end to all the emotional arguing and time to address what was actually being said.

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Yoga beneficial, but you have to be careful, says author”

CTVNews.ca “Canada AM”, February 11, 2012
Early last month, a headline in the New York Times triggered a tidal wave of outrage in the blogosphere and Twitterverse from devoted yogis who felt their practice was under attack by one of the paper’s science writers….Broad said the hate mail poured in, with language that struck him “as extremely un-yoga-like.”

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USA Today – feature interview

USA Today, February 9, 2012 by Kim Painter
William Broad, a New York Times science writer, has a lot of nice things to say about yoga. There’s good reason, he says, that this mix of stretching, bending and deep breathing, with roots in ancient Indian meditation, has attracted as many as 20 million Americans.

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The Potential and the Pitfalls of Yoga

Larchmont-Mamaroneck Patch, February 7, 2012
Larchmont resident William J. Broad, a senior science writer at the New York Times and two-time shared Pulitzer Prize winner, has been practicing yoga since the early 1970s. When he decided to write a book about the subject, which eventually turned into his latest volume, The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards, he figured it would take under a year. Now, five years later, the book has been released.

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Can Yoga Kill You?

BBC Radio 4, February 6, 2012
The New York Times’ science writer William J Broad’s latest book, which examines the science behind claims for the benefits of yoga, has caused quite a stir among yoga practitioners with claims of serious health risks.

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The Risks and Rewards of Practicing Yoga

NPR/“Fresh Air”, February 6, 2012
Twenty million people practice yoga in the United States. William Broad, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer for The New York Times, is one of them. Broad started doing yoga as a freshman in college in 1970 and has been practicing ever since.

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How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body

New York Times Magazine, January 8, 2012
Among devotees, from gurus to acolytes forever carrying their rolled-up mats, yoga is described as a nearly miraculous agent of renewal and healing. They celebrate its abilities to calm, cure, energize and strengthen. And much of this appears to be true: yoga can lower your blood pressure, make chemicals that act as antidepressants, even improve your sex life. But the yoga community long remained silent about its potential to inflict blinding pain.

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4 Ways to Practice Safe Yoga

ABC News, January 6, 2011
Many of yoga’s practitioners tout its benefits for strength, flexibility and general health.
But the practice can also cause a range of injuries among beginners and experienced yogis alike, according to a report in the New York Times.

William Broad, author of the Times story and an upcoming book, “The Science of Yoga: Risks and Rewards,” describes gruesome injuries that have happened as a result of the practice – popped ribs, ruptured spinal discs, torn Achilles tendons, even partial paralysis and strokes.

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Is Yoga Ruining Your Body?

The Hot Button, Friday, January 6, 2011
“How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body,”
 a controversial article in this weekend’s New York Times magazine, is stirring debate between devotees and those who question the Westernization of the practice, which counted some 20 million disciples in the United States last year.

The piece is adapted from William J. Broad’s book The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards, publishing next month. Mr. Broad found temporary relief in yoga after rupturing a disc. Then disaster struck.

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How Garbo Learned to Stand on Her Head

New York Times, October 8, 2011
SOMETIMES it feels as though I spend half my time working and the other half trying to ameliorate the strain of working. Ever since one particularly clenched day of columnizing years ago…

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Barbara Hoffert’s Pre-Pub Picks

LibraryJournal.Com, Oct. 1, 2011
A best-selling author (Germs) and multi-award-winning senior writer at the New York Times whose purview has ranged from science to the spread of nuclear arms, Broad has practiced yoga since 1970. Here he covers what he calls a burgeoning global industry, separating scientific fact from hustle, benefits from dangerous delusions. For all those yoga folks who really want to understand what they’re doing.

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