Category Archives: Politics

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India Untouched Documentary

“‘India Untouched : To those who claim there is no Castism in India!’

This Documentary is to those who claim that, ‘India has moved on, there is nothing called untouchability or cast-ism in India today’. This is to show them the picture they failed to see till now, to remove the curtain of their eyes. Those who claim that their should not be special rights for those belonging to backward castes..and they should be for poors..’This is how the “Higher Castes” treat a Schedule Caste/Scheduled Tribe no matter what his financial state is’. You talk about equality and a fight with equal stature..where is that equal stature now? If those rights are not fair, which are meant for them to lift them up from their low status, to give them a right to stand at ‘equal’ within a society, then is it fair that those so called ‘Savarnas..Higher Caste’ are pushing them back in a deeper pit of backwardness, of social negligence, underdeveloped, poverty, and a state from where no one even gives a damn what will happen to that particular group of society…Is that Fair? Is it human?

All the facts presented in this video are true and were part of a research project.

And if u r pissed after watching this video, (Which are chances that you will be)..then don’t show your cheapness and low mental state here..tell to ur dad, mom, brothers and specially sisters.

It is the truth about India, and India are a country which believes in humanity, to bring every human being at an equal social and economical status. There is no discrimination against anyone bases upon their particular state. (And by the way..there is no magic wand to change a society..neither overnight laws change it..Society is what people are, what people think, and trust me, a good amount are measures were already taken to ensure that transformation in society).
Enjoy watching the truth! Jai Hind, Jai Bharat, Jai Bheem!”

Cut: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision

We highly recommend that you watch this critically acclaimed documentary film, especially if you are considering whether you should get your child (or yourself) circumcised. If you were circumcised as an infant, you’ll certainly find it pretty interesting as well.

85% of the world’s population is NOT circumcised. Besides Israel, the US is the only country where circumcision is routinely performed on male infants, even if they do not belong to a religious community that considers it an essential ritual.

Make Kony Famous?

via boingboing

African voices respond to hyper-popular Kony 2012 viral campaign

By at 11:55 am Thursday, Mar 8

(Updated with additions, March 10, 2012. Here’s a Twitter list, so you can follow all of the African writers mentioned in this post who are on Twitter.)


The internets are all a-flutter with reactions to Kony 2012, a high-velocity viral fundraising campaign created by the “rebel soul dream evangelists” at Invisible Children to “raise awareness” about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and child soldiers. As noted in my previous post here on Boing Boing, the project has many critics. There is a drinking game, there are epic lolpictorials, and a chorus of idiots on Facebook.

There are indications the project may be about stealth-evangelizing Christianity. The Invisible Children filmmakers have responded to some of the criticism. Media personalities and celebrities are duking it out as the campaign (and now, backlash) spreads.

But in that flood of attention, one set of voices has gone largely ignored: Africans themselves. Writers, journalists, activists; people of African descent who live and work and think about life on the continent. In this post, we’ll round up some of their replies to #Kony2012.

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Fail: William J. Broad (Did Yoga really start as a sex cult? – Leslie Kaminoff)

In this is a video follow-up to my previous post “William Broad is at it again at the NY Times,” you can hear me tell Mr. Broad that every time he opens his mouth, he loses another piece of whatever credibility he may have had as an authority on Yoga.

In the end, I just tell him to shut his mouth until such time as he’s willing to do a modicum of valid research into the actual history of Yoga practice – which did NOT begin with the Tantric sex cults of Medieval India. He actually contradicts himself in the space of two sentences in his interview with Stephen Colbert, when he first asserts that Yoga is 4 to 5 thousand years old, then follows up with “…real yoga started out in a sex cult..”

Someone with as big a platform as William J. Broad has an equally big responsibility to speak accurately about this subject. In this, he has repeatedly and utterly failed.

Another Yoga Scandal

In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the latest via Yoga Dork on the John Friend/Anusara scandal… wicca, adultery, and money — oh my!

“Every girl wears yoga pants”

Yoga pants banned in schools.
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Leslie Kaminoff – Review of “The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards,” by William J. Broad

http://yogaanatomy.net

The Dark Side of Apple

http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/cbsnews_player_embed.swf

Working conditions at Apple’s Chinese factories under fire

January 29, 2012 6:41 AM

Questions are beginning to be raised about the factories where Apple products are manufactured and whether the company is ignoring reports of abusive working conditions. Martha Teichner hears from labor watchdog groups as well as from a company hired by Apple to oversee compliance of its rules to find out how the products are made.

Studies: Ashtanga Yoga and Injuries

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF YOGA THERAPY – No. 18 (2008) 59
A Survey of Musculoskeletal Injury among Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Practitioners
Jani Mikkonen, Palle Pedersen, DC, MPhil, DPMSA, Peter William McCarthy, PhD Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL, Wales, UK

Introduction
Recent research on Yoga has concentrated on its health benefits and therapeutic effects.1-4 Although there has been an increasing amount of research on the physical and thera- peutic effects of Yoga posture and breathing practices, it ap- pears that the musculoskeletal risks of Yoga practice have not been well studied. There is an increasing awareness of Yoga-related musculoskeletal injuries in the popular press, mainly in the U.S. However, most of these reports have been based on a smaller number of teachers’ personal views and individual cases.5-11
Yoga has become increasingly popular in the Western world in the past ten years,12,13 with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga becoming one of the most popular Yoga styles. This style of Yoga emphasizes the importance of standardized physical posture practice with synchronized breathing.14ˉ18 In recent decades, teachers have been certified and/or authorized by the director of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Research Institute, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Certified or authorized teachers in Europe can be found in 15 countries, including Finland.19 The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga School of Finland is lead by certified and authorized Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teachers, and the documented and traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method is followed in the Yoga schools that were involved in this study.
The rigid adherence of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practitioners to a standardized and documented posture series makes it a strong candidate for scientific study. However, research into Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga appears to be limited to two re- cent studies. One study concluded that practitioners benefited from statistically significant improvements in muscular strength in the upper body and core, endurance, flexibility, and health perception, as well as decreased diastolic blood pressure and perceived stress, in a six-week period of regular practice.3 A second study reported that heart rate during Ashtanga Vinyasa practice can be compared to heart rate during moderate exercise, and therefore possibly leading to improved cardiac and respiratory fitness.4
The Present Study
The primary objective of this study was to survey the in- jury rate among current Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practitioners in Finland, and, further, to determine the rate of injuries per 1,000 hours of practice. We chose to limit the survey to musculoskeletal injuries with at least a one-month dura- tion, to place more emphasis on longer duration injuries. Short-lived “injuries” from Yoga practice or other activities can change presentation and come and go without an obvious reason. We also wanted to exclude from the study short-term overuse pain such as delayed onset muscle sore- ness (DOMS), which is a regular occurrence in any exercise program.20 The secondary objective of this study was to determine the location, type, and outcome of musculosk- eletal injuries in this population. We conducted a survey of participants’ history of musculoskeletal injuries during the previous three years, irrespective of cause. The survey speci- fied that all injuries listed should be musculoskeletal injuries of more than one month duration and have occurred during the participant’s period of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. The survey questionnaire adhered to the guidelines stated in the Epidemiology of Sport Injuries categorization sys- tem.21 The study was ethically reviewed and approved by the research project module team at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIOC), University of Glamorgan.
Methods
Participant Recruitment
Retrospective reports of injuries were collected from students at the Yoga schools of Helsinki and Tampere dur- ing the period of January 6, 2006 to May 20, 2006. We also posted advertisements about the survey in the areas around the Helsinki and Tampere Yoga schools. The poster included contact details, stipulated the voluntary and confidential nature of study, and stated the aim (prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries incurred by Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice) and target participants of the survey. The posters and information section attached to the questionnaire explicitly requested that all practitioners complete the survey “whether you have or have not suffered any injuries.” The questionnaires were anonymous, and the Yoga teachers at the centers were not aware of who had completed a ques- tionnaire and who had not. There was no time limit or pres- sure placed on participants, as the completed questionnaires could be placed into a collection box in the communal areas at any time during the collection period (16 weeks).

[link to full article below quote]

“The results from this survey appear to support the conclusion that Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice under appropriate supervision does not dramatically increase the risk of injury to its practitioners. The most commonly reported injuries (hamstring strains and sprains) may be related to the posture sequence of the primary series, and appropriate instruction and practice may reduce this risk. As Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga includes standardized series of postures, a greater emphasis on individual needs and the importance of relaxed non- goal-oriented practice could prevent some injuries. In the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga schools in Finland, the trend has been towards emphasising the importance of the internal experience and mind-body cooperation during practice.”

www.selkakuntoutus.fi/julkaisut/IJYT-Article.pdf

Yoga Alliance Approved, My Ass

I was shocked to notice that they advertised their yoga teacher training programs as “Yoga Alliance Approved.” Misrepresentations like this are the dirty little secret of the yoga industry. No one really wants to admit there is no accreditation for Yoga…What no one ever seems to acknowledge or mention is that the YA provides no oversight whatsoever. No one checks to see if anyone is actually doing what they say. Everyone is on the “honor” system. Consequently, the registry amounts to a digital rubber stamp or paid advertising. Not to mention, the YA does not disclose what they do with the money they collect from the Yoga community.  read full article

-J. Brown

 

Some other percentage of the student base is unaware of the ruse. They mistakenly believe that a YA certification creates a minimum standard of competency on which they can rely. In other words, they may think they are eating Certified Organic peaches when, in fact, they are not.       continue

-Kerry Wills

 

Independent Yoga Educators of America