“Role of Yoga for Patients with Type II Diabetes” and Lack of Methodological Rigour in Yoga Research

If you have a copy of “Light on Yoga” by Iyengar, in it you will find a whole index of asana and pranayama suggestions for a wide range of ailments. For example, if you are suffering from diabetes, Iyengar suggests that you do inversions, seated and standing forward folds, backbends, and twists (Yes, that’s right! All kinds of yoga poses)*. The point is that traditional notion assumes yoga practice is healing for “obvious” reasons. Exciting as it may sound, I would say that unless such claims are supported by solid scientific evidence, they should be taken with a large dose of scepticism. Continue reading

Namaste Iyengar

BSK Iyengar died at the age of 96 on 20 November.

I, unfortunately, am to young to have met Iyengar and my brief encounter with Iyengar style yoga is limited to a weekend workshop. However, not a day goes by without having to refer to his books more than any other book on yoga and asanas. He is always precise and thorough, pretty much the yoga style he taught. He will always be a teacher to me through his books. He was a central piece of disseminating yoga to millions of people.

Here is a short article about his life and contribution to yoga.

Namaste to him from the bottom of my heart!