You risk life and limb each time you step onto your yoga mat, says long-time science writer, William J. Broad in his forthcoming book, The Science of Yoga. Lead science reporter for the New York Times, Broad interviewed numerous yoga teachers and practitioners, including Glenn Black, who teaches at ISHTA Yoga in N. Y. City and at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. Black likes to tell people with injuries to stop practicing yoga.
“My message [at Omega is] that ‘Asana is not a panacea or a cure-all. In fact, if you do it with ego or obsession, you’ll end up causing problems.’ A lot of people don’t like to hear that.”
Broad describes in gruesome detail Twenty-Somethings who suffer neck trauma and stroke in level-one poses. The author, who says he’s a lifelong yogi, doesn’t reveal whether he’ll take Black’s advice to give up yoga. The book’s due out in February.