Can Neuromechanics Help Jump-Start a Yoga Revolution?

February 21, 2020

Last fall, I applied to the yoga teacher training program at Avalon Yoga in Palo Alto.  I wrote the following to the director, the scientist and historian Dr. Steve Farmer: “I am perhaps the least naturally-gifted yoga student ever.  I was surprised to find through a...

Is “Wokeness” Killing Yoga?

December 06, 2019

Recently, I came upon a blog written by a well known yoga teacher by the name of Gregor Maehle. In it, Maehle berates Sharath Rangaswamy, a young Indian teacher who, as it turns out, is the grandson of the late Pattabhi Jois, founder of Mysore Ashtanga yoga. Several women had come out with...

Meet the Guru Hunter

August 11, 2019

On our first meeting, via video link, Be Scofield was somewhere on the East Coast of the United States. She wouldn’t say where exactly, but it was rural and peaceful. Her wood cabin, where she lay on a bed munching blue corn chips from a bag, was dimly lit. The scarf that’s always wrapped...

Inside the Wacky World of American Yoga

May 31, 2019

“Namaste, brother” says Chaitanya, a pudgy, rosy-cheeked man from Charlotte, North Carolina, smiling broadly at me and my friend Alison. He wears a sleeveless orange tank top and white cotton balloon pants. He tells us the moniker was bestowed on him after an elaborate naming ceremony conducted...