Can Yoga Make You Fat?

Notwithstanding the place of Yoga as the way to nirvana, even some followers admit that assuming the warrior pose may not be for everyone.  Maureen Dowd in her article for the New York Times- How Garbo Learned to Stand on Her Head  – uses her familiar humor and sarcasm to frame the advantages and disadvantages of yoga in her review of William Broad’s The Science of Yoga: The Myths and the Rewards.

Dowd notes that she was surprised to find that yoga can cause injury as well as cause weight gain with the lowering of metabolism.  Nevertheless, yoga still maintains its place as the premier source of relaxation for some, including rock star Sting, movie diva Greta Garbo, and Dowd herself – who uses it as a substitute for chocolate to relieve stress.

As for me, I’ve found the perfect way to practice the art of peace and tranquility with few possibilities of injury – Yoga in Bed – Asanas in Pajamas.   I still have my chocolate too – helps to maintain the balance.

Read my review of Yoga in Bed – Asanas in Pajamas – here

Yoga in Bed – Asanas to do in Pajamas

I found the perfect exercise program with a vook – the digital video book.  After reading about this newest phenom substitute for real books in the New York Times, I tried to download the iphone app for Yoga in Bed: Awaken Body, Mind, and Spirit in 15 Minutes.  

I kept getting one of those messages – not as bad as the old “you have performed an illegal operation,” but close.  Maybe my chakras were not in order?

So, next I tried downloading (as directed) on my computer.  At the website, I watched a short trailer that looked promising, with instructions for downloading to iphone, ibook, or kindle, at varying degrees of cost.  Downloading the 15 minute vook took longer than 15 minutes – time to do some deep breathing and practice patience.

The library has an actual book – Yoga in Bed: 20 Asanas to do in Pajamas by Edward Vilga – so I checked that out – for free.  Lots of full page pictures demonstrating how to “Invigorate Your AM,” with coffee cup meditation, and how to “Ease into Dreamland.”

My favorite section is “Nap Your Way to Nirvana” – I may already be ahead on that one.  I finished reading the book; still downloading the vook.