William Broad, the NYT journalist who has stirred such controversy in the yoga world, is a scientist (or, perhaps more accurately, a science journalist). He is a researcher and a writer. As someone who finds comfort in science, I imagine that, in his 30 year practice of yoga, perhaps Broad has come a little too close to spirituality for his own comfort? Obviously, I’m guessing here. But in my experience with scientists, they like their experiences to be verified so that they deny all that is subtle in existence. (Okay, huge generalizations going on here, I admit). This isn’t to say that scientists, as a whole, don’t have a sense of the Infinite, of the Universe, but they do have a desperate need to explain it (i.e., “I’m not in love, she just spikes my serotonin”).
AND your inspiration for the week (via the fabulous folks at elephant journal):
Today’s Friday Fire-Up (or an examination of teachers who inspire us) features Shiva Rea.
Enjoy and be inspired.
How many times have you heard your favorite yoga instructor encourage you to “let go of…” in class? The number is probably innumerable. What do you think when you hear this advice? Maybe you’re in Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog) and you hear that instruction. What does it mean to you? Maybe (as I have many times), you begin to address those tight, stubborn hamstrings thinking: Yeah! Get with the program–let go already so I can finally put my heels down and, finally, be a yoga rock star.
I’ve been reading a lot about coconut oil lately–how good it is for the thyroid, the enzyme system, weight loss, and the metabolism. It’s also anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, regulates insulin and blood sugar levels, helps heal damaged tissue, fights infection (and on and on–more here at the Coconut Research Center).