I've been doing some research on new ways to be active during the winter months which inhibit my running. Recently I've been looking into Yoga. To be honest, when I look at the pretzel bending bodies and head standing tight clothes wearing folks, I'm a bit skeptical.
In my research I found this small article, dated back in 2004 where a judge sentenced a man to Yoga and anger management after he hit his wife during an argument about her drinking problem. There were many things the man was sentenced to - 80 hours of community service, anger management counseling, random urine analysis, and serious probation time - and Yoga was just an additional item added to the list. Judge Larry Standley contends that "anger is a result of feeling a lack of control," and hopes that Yoga will teach the man how to calm down and prevent further and escalating violence.
Read the article in its entirety, but I'm calling on some Yoga folks out there with two requests:
1) What do you think of the judge's tacking on Yoga as part of this man's punishment? (I couldn't find any follow-up.) Do you think it was effective?
2) Is Yoga worth the initial humilation if you don't have gumby flexibility?