Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga

Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga

by Benjamin Lorr
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Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic insight into Bikram Yoga. Truly a healing practice, with a self destructive leader. The practice will continue to grow, only without him. Well written, a great read. I hope to meet you in the hot room someday!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, I loved this book. Really loved it. It is funny, inspirational, and REAL. Did I mention funny? Because it had me laughing out loud on the subway publicly embarrassing myself type funny. Second I have no idea what that other reviewer is talking about. Not only is this book in no way a bash on yoga, I actually signed up for 30 days of Bikram yoga immediately after finishing it. As in it inspired me to do more yoga, not less! Look the author is real about the parts of the Bikram world that are weird - even scary - and yeah, there are parts of this book that will scare you. But ultimately one of the things I liked most about it was that it managed to show those parts while still showing how positive and wonderful yoga can be. There is story after story of people yoga has healed... In fact, makes me wonder what the other reviewer read, or if they read it at all, or if they are actually writing on behalf of someone else like Mr. Bikram (who is a major player in the whole scary part of the book) just trying to make the author look bad... But then like I said before, there is some spooky stuff in this book. And based on what I read, I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have practiced yoga for years in various forms. I was so disappointed in the book and the end message it left you with, negativity. It really became a Bikram bash book both personally and the form itself. I did not see the positive light of yoga at all within this author. I have not practiced Bikram before, but I can say that not every type of yoga fits every person. Just as you wouldn't go to a tennis lesson if you didn't care for the teacher, or Zumba if you didn't like the aggressiveness of it, or run a marathon if you were prone to shin splints, you would not continue to take classes in a particular style of yoga if it were a negative experience for you. I guess I probably should have stopped reading when even Bruce Springsteen got criticized. Though he did mention health benefits, picking apart Bikram or that practice, to me, is not the true inner workings of wanting to embrace something new in a positive form. I wish the author would have tried other forms. Yoga and the benefits of it has changed my life. I would hate for someone who has never practiced before to read this and become discouraged before giving it a chance. I'm glad I walked into the world of yoga with a positive mind. It has really carried over into the rest of my life.
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A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Candid and Engrossing! My teacher often reminds us that yoga is not a competitive practice, which has me wondering now if he has a history with Bikram yoga... A practice I have never and will never pursue. This book blew my mind! I think anyone who practices or is interested in yoga will enjoy this tome on the topic. The author applies several staple yogic traits to his writing: clarity, flow, honesty, humor, and insight. While sharing his lurid story into competitive yoga, you sympathize with his path because anyone motivated to "better themselves" has battled narcissism in some way. Thankfully, he found a way out of the bad and back to a grounded placed for reflection and sharing. I have always been intrigued by the power of the mind and body - may it be its tolerance for pain, ability to defy reason, and the power to heal. He explores this all and more! I highly recommend this book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Subject matter aside, this book is beautifully written and researched. The author rides a razor edge between participant and observer. He stays just the right amount of skeptical while still participating fully. This book fascinated me. I had no idea all of this stuff was going on, and I have been doing yoga for 20 years! I highly recommend this book, even if you aren't really into yoga. The writing is so great. It was one of the best books I have read this year!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago