The New York Times Magazine hit a nerve earlier this month with its “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” feature. The piece outlined injuries including torn cartilage, herniated discs and even a stroke. Media outlets from Salon to Men’s Fitness have weighed in. The New York Observer says the story could be the biggest “Non-Controversy of the Year.”
Non-controversy or real controversy, the story has become a big story. Today on KQED’s Forum, no less than five guests debated and discussed the merits of yoga. Spoiler alert: four of the guests defended the practice of yoga, but with some caveats.
A big issue for yoga seems to be that many more millions of people are now “practicing” it. (“Practicing” being yoga-speak for “doing.”) On Forum, Kaitlin Quistgaard, editor-in-chief of the Yoga Journal, put the number at 15 million Americans, up from four million in 2001, according to the Times. That’s big growth and it’s meant a big change for yoga teachers. Continue reading