Kat and Kyle are joined by yoga teacher, religious studies and kinesiology professor, and fellow science-enthusiast Colin Hall to discuss the importance of evidence-based research, the problem with pseudoscience in the yoga world, and more.
Talking points include:
- Looking at yoga through a religious-studies lens.
- The value of “pirate yoga.”
- Where does the science come in? What does it have to do with a traditional, often mystical practice like yoga?
- The importance of teaching from an evidence-based perspective (and what we mean by “evidence-based”).
- How can yoga teachers articulate something that they can't back up with scientific evidence but still think is important?
- Why we value fact-checking at YI.
- Teaching from experience but avoiding pronouncements and certainty (being clear and honest, not imposing our “truth” on other people).
- The unintended messages that yoga teachers can send.
- How scientific research can often seem inaccessible and superstition and pseudoscience can often feel more accessible (and more fun).
- Derren Brown's experiment and the similarities between savasana and hypnosis.
- The mystery and magic of reality.
- The ultimate question: How do we make evidence-based yoga sexy?
Visit Colin's YI profile to read his articles and take his classes. Some of our favorite articles that Colin has written include:
- “Lost in Translation: Is Mulabandha Relevant for Modern Yogis?” (By Colin Hall and Sarah Garden)
- “Hot and Bothered: The Hype, History, and Science of Hot Yoga”
- “Let's Slow Our Yoga Down”
Send your comments, questions, and future show ideas to: YogaTalk@yogainternational.com
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Original score for this podcast is by Austin Joy.