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Yoga Turks

In News on January 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

David Regelin, NYMagazine, (Photo: Danny Kim)


David Regelin responds on his Website and Facebook page to the NYMagzine article discussed here Jan. 10.:

YOU CALL THAT AN ARTICLE!” – When I read the headline of the New York Magazine article about me: “You call that a tree pose?!” my heart sank. I immediately sensed that I had been used to promote the growing popular and reactionary trend of yoga skepticism. …I actually couldn’t read it all at once, I had to lie down for a bit before finishing as I found it nauseating. The very tone of it is sensationalist and off putting. Continued…


JAN. 10, 2012:

Until recently, New York City instructor David Regelin was an incipient rock star of the yoga world, where famous instructors have lives similar to celebrity D.J.’s, jet-setting between international workshops and sessions with elite clients. But this fall, reports New York Magazine, Regelin joined a growing number of people who suggest that amateur yogis may be doing more harm to their bodies than good.

“Yoga is not about enjoying yourself and having a fun experience that you like; it’s about changing yourself,” Regelin says. “And what changes you is usually stuff you don’t like.”

Regelin takes his cue from master teacher Nevine Michaan, a yoga instructor out of Bedford Hills, New York and founder of  Katonah Yoga

Nevine Michaan, Westchester Magazine, Photo by Cathy Pinsky

“Learning yoga from Vinyasa is like learning French in a bar,” Michaan says. “Eventually you need to learn how to conjugate a verb and structure a sentence.”

Regelin accepts his role as confrontational reformer.

 “It’s like going into someone’s house and opening a closet and being like, ‘What the fuck, you’ve got a huge mess in here.’”

How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body

In News on January 9, 2012 at 6:07 PM

William J. Broad, from Marketing Website

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.


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