Now I’m talking about stripped down back to basics yoga, no candles and incense!
As a system of exercise which promotes flexibility, power and strength it’s terrific. Yoga places an emphasis on integrated and functional movement, moving with fluidity and grace.
Done correctly a nice balance can be achieved between strength and flexibility. Going too far in either direction can cause problems. This has been the downfall of the ‘core strengthening’ approach. If not done correctly or applied to the wrong body type, core strengthening can promote rigidity, tension and stiffness which can actually promote pain and injury rather than relieve it as would be the conventional wisdom.