Yogi Glenn Black responds to NY Times article

Eden G. Fromberg, DO: Yogi Glenn Black Responds to New York Times Article on Yoga.

Glenn Black, who was liberally quoted in the controversial New York Times article about yoga and injuries (I blogged about it in The dark side of yoga), was later interviewed by Huffington Post. He elaborates on his opinions in the interview — click the link above to read it all.

EF: What is the best way to overcome injuries from yoga?

GGB: Remedial exercises that overcome the source of the injuries. And people need to get bodywork. Not just any bodywork. They need to look for people who work on really moving the joints and connective tissues.

Here’s something else that stood out for me:

GGB: Kofi Busia is one of best asana teachers around. Whether his students get hurt, I have no idea. But he is holding headstands for a long time, and people don’t say anything.

Kofi Busia is one of my yoga teacher’s yoga teachers, or rather, one of my asana teacher’s asana teachers. And also a yoga teacher — he has translated the Yoga Sutras. I don’t know how he teaches headstand, but I do know that the way he (and other advanced Iyengar teachers) teach shoulderstand uses props for safety.

Click the link above to read Black’s thoughts on whether yogis need to adhere to a vegetarian or vegan diet!

Arjuna Ardagh: What Is the Spiritual Meaning Behind Occupy Wall Street? | Huffington Post

Arjuna Ardagh: What Is the Spiritual Meaning Behind Occupy Wall Street?.

This writer looks at the Occupy movement from a spiritual standpoint and finds separation and disconnection from one another and the planet at the heart of why it’s happening.

I agree.

Then he writes:

The way that the Occupy movement can be a revolutionary revolution instead of a run-of-the-mill ordinary revolution is if we start with ourselves. We can start by dropping our attention deeper than thoughts, rigid beliefs, reactive emotions and prejudice. We can start by discovering the dimension within each of us, not so far away, which is limitless and free, which needs nothing, but offers everything. Then you become a spiritual activist, an empowered mystic. You take a stand not against something or someone, but for something. You take a stand for life, for celebration, for generosity, for values that make everybody stronger.

Amen, brother.

Wouldn’t it be cool to have a revolutionary revolution, instead of an ordinary run-of-the-mill revolution where nothing really changes except who’s on top?