Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Breath Off that Road Rage ...

I tried to pass this piece of news by, but it keeps popping up.  So I decided to share, just in case you missed it.  And well, it's kind of funny. 

Cambridge, MA decided to print yoga poses on the back of parking tickets as part of a public art project.  However, as the article covering the story in the Boston Globe rightly points out - "have you ever tried to navigate the streets of Cambridge"?  Maybe better signs and more realistic parking laws would make happier commuters?  And perhaps the yoga poses should be saved for the likes of the long lines at the DMV? 

Regardless of the criticism, I applaud the DOT for connecting the dots - parking tickets stress people out, and yoga combats stress.  Maybe the printed poses will change some drivers' perspectives ... but I can guess that for most, they'll be slamming that ticket on the roof of their car screaming "who da frig do they think they arhaa?"

Monday, September 27, 2010

Can Yoga "Sell Out"?

Stephanie Syman, author of newly released "The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America" claims in the Wall Street Journal blog yesterday that Yoga has "sold out".  While it is true that many people profit wildly off yoga, does that really mean that yoga has given up to the forces of materialism - forever to be tainted and thus unworthy?

No.  Yoga is not an institution run by any single, dominant figure or group that can profit off "selling out". 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Subtle Body - Should Christians Fear Yoga?

The new book by Stephanie Symen, "The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America" has been met with mixed reviews - and most notably a hard reaction from Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Mr. Mohler sincerely believes that yoga is a threat to Christianity.  And while he is right to point to the secularization of America as a threat to the institution of religion, yoga itself is not part of that secularization and has been embraced by many Christians as a tool for spiritual growth.  I found the USA Today article to provide ample evidence to the point.

I have yet to read the book myself (it's now made it to the top of a very long list).  However, one review I found particularly interesting was this from an Amazon.com user: