The New Yoga: From Cult and Dogma to Science and Sanity
Where did most of your yoga moves come from? A guru from the annals of Indian folklore? Or were those “thousand-year-old poses” really a twentieth-century invention hidden behind a veil of tall stories? Were they based on movement science–or cooked-up creations with a big pinch of folklore? The New Yoga takes a brutally hard look at these critical questions. It proposes six radical steps to strip away the nonsense and provide common-sense yoga for the future, based on movement science:
• Flexibility is not the primary goal. Really? Yes—more importantly are ten other benefits including proprioception and interoception, our two new buzzwords.
• Mobility tops flexibility. Focus on better control over a safe range of movement.
• “Practice and all is coming.” Not so! Despite the famous guru’s oft quoted words, we may never achieve certain poses. And trying will lead to injury.
• Avoid repetitive stress and encourage brain health with frequent and varying moves on and off the mat.
• ‘Pretzel yogis’ pushing extreme flexibility leads to injury and misplaced envy. Hyper-mobility is not something to covet; it’s sad.
• Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Maintain what works but question everything for good evidence.
Praise for “The New Yoga”
“Love it! Very important! The New Yoga makes a significant contribution to developing a student–centered practice.”
– BERNIE CLARK, YOGA ICON AND AUTHOR OF THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO YIN YOGA AND YOUR BODY YOUR YOGA
“Honest, insightful and revealing.
Essential reading for yoga students and teachers alike.”
– DAVID MCAMMOND, AUTHOR OF YOGA THERAPY FOR BACKS AND INTERNATIONALLY SOUGHT-AFTER WORKSHOP
“Thanks for writing this book! Your timing is impeccable.”
– DIANE BRUNI, YOGA ICON AND CREATOR OF YOGA AND MOVEMENT RESEARCH COMMUNITY FACEBOOK PAGE WITH JUST UNDER 30,000 MEMBERS.