Yoga for Enlightenment? Booooring. Yoga for Weight Loss!

Via on Oct 29, 2009

Judging by the youtube.com views, Patanjali is losing out to the NYC’s fit, fierce Sadie Nardini.

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That’s all well and good, but we’re still in the first generation or so of yoga coming to the West. Give us a few years, will all of yoga be about fitness, with a side (if that) of Chanting, Sanskrit, all that Namaste Granola Hippie stuff?

A few years back, I asked Richard Freeman that same question.

Still, in the obese-est nation on Planet Earth, a little accessible exercise, including recent phenomena such as online yoga, for Weight Loss will likely do the body, and mind, some real good. The question is, is “Yoga for Weight Loss” a gateway, or the final destination for these 1,000s of youtubers?

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6 Responses to “Yoga for Enlightenment? Booooring. Yoga for Weight Loss!”

  1. Its as much a burden for the teacher as it is for the student as to whether or not the student looks beyond the physical aspect of Yoga. The teacher has to go beyond just the poses and introduce breath control and meditation if they hope to take students beyond exercise.

    At least getting them to the mat for yoga practice is a huge step over going nowhere on a stairmaster or lifting weights to place them back where you got them. This is at minimal a subconscious realization for people as Yoga creates situations that the body is not familiar with or used to and the mind has to calm itself, especially in balancing poses.

    Plus as the article points out losing some weight can't hurt this Hungry Hungry Hippo nation.

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  6. larry says:

    great post and nice point there.

    The concept of yoga weight loss is something i am beginning to study.

    Quite interesting.

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