As I was flying my way home last night after spending the holidays with my family, I passed the time reading Hanna Rosin's article, "Striking a Pose", in the latest issue of The Atlantic. This morning I as I tried to find it online (no luck, subscription only-but you can read a related interview with the author) I came across this interesting blog post where the writer compares this article to past health/fitness articles that have appeared in The Atlantic over the years, for example:
In “The Gymnasium,” published just two years after The Atlantic’s 1857 founding, David William Cheever described the concept of the ancient Greek gymnasium, characterizing it as a place where, as in the modern-day yoga studio, the paths to fitness and enlightenment converged. “The sedentary,” he explained, could come to the gymnasium “for their customary constitutional on the foot-course, the invalid and aged… to retain somewhat of the vigor of their earlier years,” and “the scholar, to listen to the master in philosophy.” As for the benefits of exercise itself, the Athenians believed “that there could be no health of the mind, unless the body were cared for,” and, like some present-day yoga practitioners, they “viewed exercise also as a powerful remedial agent in disease.”
Serious yogis are often heard to say that real yoga is more than mere gymnastics. Hmmm.