William J. Broad, bestselling author, senior science writer at The New York Times and lifelong yoga practitioner will discuss his new book The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards on Sunday, March 4, 1pm at the JCC of Mid-Westchester, 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale. A question and answer period and book signing will follow the discussion. This event is free and open to the public.
Broad interviewed not only yogis and yoga instructors, but also sports scientists, medical doctors, physical therapists, sex researchers, physiologists, neuroscientists and immunologists – all to find out if yoga was really doing him good. Five years in the making, the book draws on a hidden wealth of discovery and surprising fact to show for the first time what is uplifting and beneficial and what is delusional and dangerous. On balance, the book shows that the benefits far outweigh the risks, but only if yoga is done intelligently to curb the hidden dangers.
This program is one of several informational events that the JCC is hosting this year. “We are hosting these events as a way to provide easy access to the community on a variety of topics that are of interest to them. This event in particular will give insight into the practice of yoga, as well as provide the community with an opportunity to ask questions and voice their opinions about Mr. Broad’s findings”, said Michael Witkes, Interim Executive Director of the JC.