The more you look into the ancient history and philosophies of yoga, the more you see there is no one true yoga

BOOK REVIEW The Truth of Yoga: A Comprehensive Guide to Yoga’s History, Texts, Philosophy, and Practices by Daniel Simpson In the non-digital world yogis tend to get on with doing yoga. But in the great virtual ashram of the internet – the shop front of a multi-billion-pound industry – yoga teachers queue up to tellContinue reading “The more you look into the ancient history and philosophies of yoga, the more you see there is no one true yoga”

Netflix’s exposé of Bikram inspired me to look beyond the predator and find a great yoga practice

The Netflix documentary Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator served to confirm all my biases about Bikram Choudhury, the peacocking, underpanted father of Bikram Yoga, or “hot yoga” as it’s known when not done under his trademark. You don’t have to see too many clips of him in full flow to note that he’s almost a parodyContinue reading “Netflix’s exposé of Bikram inspired me to look beyond the predator and find a great yoga practice”

An independent review of Alexandria Crow’s DeConstruct to ReConstruct, a scientific path to the roots of yoga

REVIEW: Alexandria Crow’s DeConstruct to ReConstruct One of the premises behind this course is that many of the postures used in popular yoga classes – including many considered basic – require our joints to work beyond their functional range, or that for which the body has evolved to be healthy. Doing this repeatedly has theContinue reading “An independent review of Alexandria Crow’s DeConstruct to ReConstruct, a scientific path to the roots of yoga”

A ‘basic’ yoga posture that’s anything but (and why you should listen to your body rather than your teacher)

For all we know, the guy in this photograph is pictured at the very moment of enlightenment, uniting with the wider cosmos via his body. So it goes without saying that there is nothing wrong with what he is doing. It should be noted, though, that his spine is curved back and to the sideContinue reading “A ‘basic’ yoga posture that’s anything but (and why you should listen to your body rather than your teacher)”