“Thinking Off”

Ahh, New York Times. You finally move articles about yoga from the fashion and style section to the science and health section. Of course you wise editors  still decide to leave the piece on Eddie Stern in the magazines “culture” section, because you know, even though yoga is a spiritual endeavor, the important part is that celebrities practice it. But Mr. William Broad the science writer hawking his book. figured how to harness Anusaga  and John Friend into his promotional endeavors so his article made it to the health section of the paper. I bet Cosmo and Maxim ask permission to reprint, you know, it being so full of footnoted and precise scientific info on genital stimulation which he seems to think is the main missed point of practicing yoga. He also mentions all the  handful of male figures who have been embroiled in sexual scandal. Dumb and stupid me thought that most yoga teachers and studio owners around these parts seem to be female. Am I linking to Mister Broad’s new article? No f*#cking way.  (Excuse my french Claudia :)!)

4 thoughts on ““Thinking Off”

  1. I just went and read that latest Broad article you mentioned. Wow, it’s amazing how he manipulates a paper-thin appearance of research to make his outlandish claims; I say “paper-thin”, because anybody who’s paying attention will notice that the scientific research he cites (the Rutgers “thinking off” experiment, for instance) has absolutely nothing to do with what he’s claiming (yoga is a sex cult). It’s sad that the NYT actually publishes stuff like this that pose as scholarly articles. Actually, it’s probably even sadder that many people will probably read the article and then buy it hook, line, sinker.

    And by the way, if Mr. Iyengar ever thinks to sue Broad, I’m sure he’ll make a lot of money from the suit. But the former is probably too busy enjoying his (tantric?) practice in Pune right now.

    My apologies: Don’t mean to go manifesto here.

    • No apology necessary -I wish you would do it more frequently. My consolation is thinking about how Broad alienates his customer base which is us, by appealing to the people who know little about yoga with titillation and inuendo. Those readers enjoy “excerpts” and seldom buy non fiction.

  2. I’m really in two minds about this. Talking about it on every platform possible will just achieve that even the last, so far oblivious person, will have heard about the book. So in a way we’re just fuelling the fire. But then, can we just leave it as is, without commenting? Sigh.

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