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Ann Pizer

No Surprise Here

By February 28, 2012

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In an unsurprising confluence of recent yoga media maelstroms, "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body" author William J. Broad takes Anusaragate on in The New York Times this morning, with, unsurprisingly, controversial results. An attempt to place John Friend's recent admission of philandering in context, "Yoga and Sex Scandals: No Surprise Here," offers up this less-than-satisfying conclusion: the yoga made him do it. Broad's argument, which relies heavily on an interpretation of hatha yoga's historical relationship with tantra, has already come under fire from blogger YogaDork, who broke the original story on Friend, as well as tantric scholar Christopher Wallis, whose response on Facebook was reprinted by Flow Yoga. Don't be surprised if this isn't the last word on the subject.

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