I always, always get a chuckle when people claim that yoga poses or some other body poses are responsible for mental, and/or hormone changes in people. While I do believe yoga does a body and a person good, as any physical activity would, there are some who go too far in their claims about the good silly things can do.
I happened upon a particular knee-slapper at Powe Line…
In the linked post, the author links to an article on Slate that blows the lid off of “power poses”. It is said by the original power poseur that just by doing a couple of simple “power poses” for a couple of minutes a day one can expect to “change your life and hormone levels”. Honest to God, it takes all kinds. If you believed this possible, your mug shot belongs in the dictionary next to the word “gullible”.
John Hinderaker hits the nail on the head:
Generally speaking, social “science” studies that garner newspaper headlines fall into two categories: 1) they advance a liberal agenda, or 2) someone is making money. The power posing story falls in the latter, more benign category.
There’s more though… I’ve read a couple of posts in the last week or two promoting arm swinging as a way to balance and center one’s life. Honest to God, you just swing your arms back and forth for ten minutes and it’s supposed to help you do anything from center your life and change your outlook on it, to help you lose weight.
Oh, if life were that simple! We could have world peace if we all would simply swing our arms back and forth for a few minutes a day! I wouldn’t actually have to pay those pesky bills, babysit my employees and worry about my sobriety!
Truthfully, the fact that people fall for this stuff astounds me. Yet, I can’t deny this: If it makes them feel better about themselves, as long as they’re not using it as an escape from what really needs to be attended to in life, who really cares?
Looked at in that light, I guess it’s not that big a deal. It still makes me laugh though. Read the whole linked post, it’s worth it for the chuckle.