The New Yoga: From Cults and Dogma to Science and Sanity

The New Yoga: From Cults and Dogma to Science and Sanity

by Rob Walker


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The New Yoga: From Cults and Dogma to Science and Sanity!

Where did most of your yoga moves come from? A guru from the annals of Indian folklore? Or are those "thousand-year-old poses" really a twentieth century invention hidden behind a veil of tall stories? Were they based on movement science–or cooked-up creations with a big pinch of folklore? The New Yoga takes a brutally hard look at these critical questions. It proposes six radical steps to strip away the nonsense and provide common-sense yoga for the future, based on movement science:

• Stretching is not the primary goal. Really? Yes. More important are ten other benefits including two new buzzwords, proprioception and interoception.

• Mobility tops flexibility. Focus on better control over a safe range of movement.

• "Practice and all is coming." Not so! Despite the famous guru's oft quotes words, we may never achieve certain poses. Trying will lead to injury.

• Avoid repetitive stress and encourage brain health with frequent and varying moves on and off the mat.

• 'Pretzels' pushing extreme flexibility lead to injury and misplaced envy. Hyper-mobility is not something to envy; it's sad.

• Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Maintain what works but question all for good evidence.

Rob Walker quotes a wide range of experts and speaks from his own 20-year yoga teacher-training experience. He dumps accepted dogma behind much current teaching and brings a fresh sparkle of evidence and science to twenty-first century yoga.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780228823445
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication date: 01/20/2020
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

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