I say no, competition is not in the spirit of yoga. The promoters of this type of competition say that it helps promote yoga. I think it just helps promote the false idea that yoga is for lithe-bodied contortionists.
I am a 53 year old male, I’m not especially flexible. I practice yoga 5 to 6 days a week. I love it. Few of my friends practice yoga because they believe they are not flexible enough. Unfortunately this competition is the kind of thing just reinforces the idea that being young, thin, and flexible are prerequisites to practicing Yoga.
In truth, yoga is meant to be accessible to all and can benefit all. A person named lyone, commenting on the NYT website, puts it this way:
Yoga is about overcoming the illusion of identifying oneself with the material aspect (ie: the body)? The purpose of all the stretching, etc. is to create a balanced body that will enable the practitioner to breathe smoothly during meditation, and during the other moments of life. This enhances a calm demeanor, and a peaceful mind. The other purpose is to straighten and support the spine, to unblock the energy flow along the major neurological pathways, resulting in enhanced energy and clarity available for living one's life. The prize is the result of the practice itself. Anyone who doesn't understand this, has had the wrong yoga teacher.
This is so barbaric it leaves me speechless. What is wrong with people!!
I don't think celiac vegan is being abusive. (And by the way, celiac and celtic mean entirely different things.) I'm Not saying I agree with her, I just don't think her comments warrant a "report abuse" reaction.
In fact, some of the things you have written in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in your posts seem to me to be far more on-the-attack than the posts you are reacting to.
Just my perspective.
Peace be with you.
My goal in choosing a vegan diet is to reduce the amount of suffering in world. I am not perfect, and I know that just living in the world causes a certain amount of suffering.
When I compare the suffering of an ear of corn being plucked from its stalk, to the suffering of a chicken raised in a factory farm and killed in an industrial slaughterhouse, there is no comparison. It is clear to me which food choice creates less suffering. Besides which, the chickens were raised on corn too, so its not like the choice is between chickens or corn, meat or plants. All the animals we like to eat, eat plants to grow big and fat so we can kill them.
There are over 700 comments on this article on the NYT website and they run 10 to 1 against the article, pointing out all the fallacies in the article. That gives me hope.
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Poor ignorant Sarah! Does she really think all the creatures were lining up on the planet waiting for humans to come and eat them! Obviously, if she is attacking vegans and vegetarians, then we are worth attacking! The best counter-attack is to ignore her and continue to live by example....a life of love and compassion to all, including the creatures.
If Sarah wants to really make a mark on this country, she should donate her $100,000 per talks to Haiti. That would show that she is true Christian at heart. Not that it is going to happen but this is a challenge I'd love to see. As far as her comments, it saddens me that she would say such a thing.
It's so obvious that you fancy her. A little objectivity, please.
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