I finally got around to reading this controversial book.
I found it very readable and enjoyable. It was interesting how many of the yoga peeps got their panties in a wad over it. Also interesting how even in the face of scientific studies, many of the yoga elite chose to ignore the potential risks.
If I were a yoga teacher – I would definitely take the time to read this and then make the decision whether to change how or what I teach. As a student – I was rewarded to read that decisions I have made for my own body (i.e. no shoulder stands and no plow pose) are supported by scientific research.
All that said, the author is certainly not ANTI-yoga. He’s been practicing since the 70’s as I recall. He’s just an advocate of SMART yoga. As am I. We each need to listen to our bodies. I think we know innately what is good for us and what isn’t.
There’s a quote from The Buddha that seems to fit here… ““Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”