I wanted to point out some writings in regards to the recent article that came out in the NYTimes (found here). Doug Keller is a teacher of mine and extremely well educated, practiced, and spoken. He is also incredibly humble and I respect his work immensely. He points out some major discrepancies with the NYTimes article below.
This is actually in response to an article written by Christopher Wallis in FlowYogaMagazine.com which you can find here.
Chris, your comments are good, and well worth reading – and I’m certainly recommending them to others (as well as your book). You do run the risk of tripping over the details, granting Mr. Broad a little too much.
The main point to me is that yoga is a vast tradition encompassing many concepts and practices, and Mr. Broad takes one aspect of a subset of that tradition and paints the whole tradition with that characterization, wildly distorting the whole picture.
Part of this is an equation of ‘hatha yoga’ as we practice it today – which is really 'postural yoga’ in the way that Mark Singleton describes it – with the practices of some of the sects of the Natha Yogis, which concerned themselves with preserving and 'raising’ the bindu [a word for the essence of the sexual fluid]. In some but not even all cases, disciplines surrounding this included sexual rituals. You certainly do point out that the sexual practices took place among fringe groups even within this tradition.