Good examples, caronis, it unfortunately leaves me undecided whether it is good to do these kind of remarks or not ;-)
Here's another one:
Originally Posted by Janos
New York Times recently ran an article about yoga, titled 'how yoga can wreck your body'. It is intriguing how it divides opinion. Some doctors actively recommend it, while others say it creates flaccid ligaments which damage the integrity of joints. An opinion I agree with. Far better to have active flexibility for the sport you intend to do.
Was there any specific analysis with it? Like, what is the injury rate of traditional Yoga versus garbled Yoga, which gets called 'improved' Yoga but shouldn't be called Yoga at all?
And secondly how important is the influence of the qualities of the teacher? Since we tend to be very competitive we like to look at our neighbor in the Yoga class and try to be beat them in flexibility. That is - as Luisa described so eloquently - not the point of Yoga. A good teacher should point out that Yoga has to be done according to the limits of one's own body.
May be in all the wisdom the original developers of the Yoga method were simply unable to foresee a time where people are extremely intelligent but too stupid to apply their intelligence in a beneficial way.
So, if you put your focus on Yoga itself, you could state that Yoga produces too many injuries. If you put your focus on the application you could say that this only shows that we are too stupid to apply Yoga correctly. Which means in a way that is beneficial.