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Five weeks ago, my 30-year-old son assured me that online dating was the only way I was going to meet someone new. I’ve been single for over a year. “Mom, even if someone out in public thinks you’re hot, he’s not going to approach you. For all he knows, you’re married. And even if he did approach you, you’d think he was a freak. And we all know what a shitstorm blind dates are.” So he and my daughter set me up with a profile on Match.com so I could “cruise” the site. So began my relationship with online dating.
How (not) to wreck your body doing yoga.
On January 5, the American yoga world was upended. Yoga, the ancient practice that Americans have adopted in increasing numbers over the past 10 years, had its dark side exposed by an extensive article in The New York Times. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer William Broad, the article first appeared on the web with the inflammatory title, “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body.” A few days later the article appeared in the New York Times Magazine under a title that was only slightly less incendiary.
The article made huge waves in the yoga world. Pointing to several cases of serious injuries—from hip replacements to sudden stroke—all of which happened in the 1970s, the author highlighted yoga’s physical dangers. While I question the author’s use of 40-year-old anecdotes to make his case, I feel that the conversation he started is long overdue.