I don't see what the big deal about yoga is. It's just another physical activity. When a physical activity becomes all-consuming, whether it is hockey, running, ballet, or figure skating, I suppose there are those who say the experience is akin to a spiritual experience. Maybe in the past there has been an inadequate way to describe it. All I know, is that as a figure skater and practitioner of ballet, there are times when, because you are the physical embodiment of applied physics, there is a sensation of being "one with the universe," if you will. The same holds true for yoga. I don't think this has a thing to do with spirituality, so there is no problem. Maybe some believe it to be spiritual or what have you, but this isn't the case really. By the way, all intense physical activity (and it can be slow and intense; by intense I mean all-consuming, and if you're fully involved, it's all-consuming) promotes relaxation as does proper breathing. Heck, I feel the same intensity, connection, and release when I'm playing a piano sonata. I think everyone is making more of this than what it is.
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On Oct 26, 2012, at 3:01 PM, Zachary Bos <[address removed]> wrote:
<<And to address something mentioned previously, just because some of the peers involved in the peer-review process are CAM practitioners does not mean they are not properly analyzing the evidence or negate the peer review process. A good peer review consists of a panel of a variety of experts. Particularly in a controversial topic like CAM it will consist of both mainstream and CAM practitioners to combat accusations of bias from both sides.>>
This is a useful point, I think. It's all too easy for the defenders of a fringe hypothesis, to dismiss a lack of evidence in favor of their hypothesis as the predictable outcome of a "mainstream" institutional science set against them from the get-go. Whereas that ad hoc defense becomes a lot thinner, if there are CAM practitioners on the byline.
More tools in the rational analysis toolkit. Thank you for the expert perspective, Amanda!
PS: Friends don't let friends self-medicate with homeopathy.
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