Luckily, there’s still journalists who take a deep breath before pressing “publish“: Timely, and prompted by William J. Broad’s latest venture into the scientific jungle (Yoga and sex scandals: No surprise here), TIME Magazine puts things into perspective.
“The quality of the data is questionable: the studies he references are either old, uncontrolled, or published in obscure journals. Two studies examine the effects of fast breathing, rather than yoga itself [...].”
“Broad neglects to explore a critical issue. It’s not only powerful figures in yoga who have a tendency to stray. From John Kennedy and Newt Gingrich to Jimmy Swaggart and Warren Jeffs, top dogs — none of them yoga gurus — have long been known to take advantage of their position. It doesn’t take a yoga pose to arouse sexual appetites.”
The author bluntly finishes up with a lesson for Mr. Broad:
[...] “when considering connections between behaviors like sexual impropriety and yoga — or associations between drugs and certain side effects or other reported outcomes — it’s important to remember that correlation isn’t necessarily cause.”