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

Rob Walker

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.

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Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publish Date: 01/20/2020
Pages: 144
ISBN-13: 9780228823445
ISBN-10: 0228823447
Language: English

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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.

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