Why Yoga Is Not Asana- Or Why William J. Broad Doesn’t Get It


Leslie Kaminoff, the ever brutally honest anatomy/breath teacher, gives quite an exposition here as to why yoga is not asana.

Interestingly, most people think the words are interchangeable. 

Furthermore, the very concept that yoga can hurt you- as proclaimed by William J. Broad, the author of “The Science of Yoga“- is completely false, according to Kaminoff. 

What do you think? 

Are the two interchangeable, or are we losing site of the original concepts of yoga?

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Matt Caron
Matt is an enthusiastic Yoga teacher and life voyager. He enjoys reading, writing, practicing and meditating. He is the owner and editor in chief of theyogablog.com, a site created with the thought process of bringing together the Yoga community in a collaborative way. Matt strives to inspire conscious living and conscious dialogue; not only for others, but for himself.


  • Ajyoga

    Finally someone explains that yoga is so much more than just asana practice!

  • Vicky Rong-Ying Liao

    I agree with Mr. Karminoff. Asana is PART OF yoga practice, and it’s not the essential part. Instead, yogis have to improve their physical condition (e.g. strong muscles, efficient breathing, the ability to focus) as they learn asana.

  • Mark-Francis

    Asana is one of the many petals of yoga. You cannot neglect it any more than breath or the niyama, if you are talking about yoga, which is union and integration of all petals of yoga…or so I and generations of yogis have experienced

  • A Ford

    Well put. Even if doing yoga poses, if your mind isn’t in the right place, it’s not yoga. It’s just calisthenics. Been saying that for years.