William Broad

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The New York Times' William Broad explores the sexual benefits of yoga as well as its potential health risks. (5:41)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A SCIENCE

WRITER FOR THE "NEW YORK TIMES."

IS IF HE'S ALSO A DEMOCRAT, HE

HAS HIT MY RAGE TRIFECTA.

PLEASE WELCOME BILL BROAD!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

HEY, THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING

ON.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, SIR.

YOU ARE A TWO-TIME PULITZER

PRIZE-WINNING SCIENCE WRITER FOR

THE "NEW YORK TIMES."

YOU WON TONS OF AWARDS FOR YOUR

WORK ON WRITING ABOUT THE

CHALLENGER SHUTTLE DISASTER,

SPACE WEAPONS, INFECTIOUS

DISEASE, NUCLEAR JIHAD.

NOW A BOOK ABOUT YOGA.

AFTER WRITING ABOUT SUCH TRAGIC

AND DEADLY THINGS WHY WRITE

ABOUT YOGA.

SLOW NEWS YEAR?

(LAUGHTER)

>> NO, I DO IT AND IT WORKS.

AND IT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY

I CAN DO ALL THIS HARD-EDGE

REPORTING.

BECAUSE IT HELPS ME RELAX.

HELPS ME CENTER.

I GOT HOOKED WHEN I WAS IN

COLLEGE IN 1970 AND I KEPT DOING

IT AND IT HAS GROWN THROUGH MY

CAREER.

IT'S THE COUNTERPOINT TO ALL

THAT BAD STUFF YOU'RE TALKING

ABOUT.

IT HELPS ME BE A GOOD

JOURNALIST.

>> Stephen: OKAY, I DON'T KNOW

ABOUT YOGA.

I SEE PEOPLE DOING IT AND YOU'RE

ALL, LIKE, TWISTED AND

CONTORTED.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: IT LOOKS LIKE AN

EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE IN COACH ON

AN AIRPLANE.

(LAUGHTER)

WHY NOT... WHY NOT JUST... WHAT

IS THE BENEFIT OF IT PHYSICALLY?

I'VE HEARD ABOUT SOMETHING

CALLED YOGA BUTT.

>> YES, YOGA BUTT.

>> Stephen: IS THAT TRUE?

IS THAT A MYTH OR IS THERE

REALLY YOGA BUTT?

>> IT'S IN THERE.

YOGA ISN'T ONE THING, RIGHT?

THERE'S A WHOLE SPECTRUM OF

THINGS AND I TRY TO PICK THROUGH

WHAT'S THE GOOD AND BAD IN ALL

OF IT.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S THE GOOD?

>> THE SCIENCE IS VERY CLEAR.

IT LIFTS YOUR MOOD, LIFTS UP

YOUR SEX LIFE AND IS GREAT FOR

HELP.

>> Stephen: GO BACK TO THE SEX

LIFE THING.

YOU HAVE AN ANECDOTE IN HERE YOU

SAY THAT... YOU HAVE AN ANECDOTE

THAT YOGA HAS ENABLE ADD WOMAN

TO HAVE A TWO TO THREE-HOUR

ORGASM.

TRUE?

>> THERE ARE PEOPLE...

>> Stephen: IS THAT TRUE?

>> I DON'T... THAT'S BEEN

REPORTED AND IT'S REPORTED IN

THIS BOOK.

>> Stephen: THE NAME OF THE

BOOK IS "THE SCIENCE OF YOGA."

WHY DIDN'T YOU NAME IT TWO TO

THREE HOUR ORGASM?

(LAUGHTER)

LET'S MOVE SOME PAPERS, SIR!

(APPLAUSE)

>>

>> Stephen:

>> Stephen: IS THAT TRUE.

CAN PEOPLE REALLY CONTROL THEIR

BODY LIKE THAT?

>> TODAY AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

THERE ARE SCIENTISTS DOING BRAIN

SCANS ON PEOPLE WHO CAN PUT

THEMSELVES INTO EXTENDED STATES

OF ORGASMIC BLISS.

THEY CALL IT THINKING OFF.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Stephen: DO YOU KNOW WHAT

ELSE WILL PUT YOU IN ORGASMIC

BLISS?

AN ORGASM.

(LAUGHTER)

>> THAT'S THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY.

WHY NOT TRY SOMETHING NEW?

>> Stephen: OKAY.

BUT THERE ARE... THERE ARE

DANGERS TO YOGA.

I GOT HERE... THIS IS A HUMAN

SPINE.

>> MODEL OF A HUMAN SPINE.

>> Stephen: OH THIS IS NOT

YOURS?

>> NO, OR A FORMER PRACTITIONER.

>> Stephen: I DIDN'T KNOW IF

YOU DID SO WELL YOU COULD JUST

PULL IT OUT.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO THE SPINE BY

YOGAIZING?

>> YOGA CAN HELP INCREASE

FLEXIBILITY AND DO ALL KINDS OF

WONDERFUL STUFF, BUT THERE'S

ALSO GREAT DANGER, RIGHT?

ONE OF THE MYTH BUTSING THINGS

THE BOOK DOES IS TALK ABOUT THE

DANGERS RIGHT UP HERE IN THE

NECK REGION.

THERE'S THIS LITTLE ARTERY THAT

GOES THROUGH THERE.

IF YOU START DOING THINGS LIKE

SHOULDER STAND OR PLOW POSITION,

BENDING, YOU CAN TEAR THE INNER

LINING OF THAT DELICATE ARTERY.

CLOTS WILL FORM, THEY'LL GO INTO

YOUR BRAIN.

THE NEXT THING YOU HAVE A

STROKE, RIGHT?

PARTS OF YOUR BRAIN ARE DEAD.

THAT'S A BAD DAY IN THE YOGA

STUDIO.

>> THAT WOULD NOT BE TRANQUIL.

>> IT'S NOT VERY CENTERING.

INSTEAD YOU HERE IN THE

EMERGENCY ROOM OR 1-20 PEOPLE

WHO HAVE THESE KIND OF STROKES

GO TO THE MORGUE.

SO IT'S A SERIOUS THING.

IT'S A A VERY LOW... I DON'T

WANT TO OVERBLOW IT.

IT'S A LOW RISK BUT THE

CONSEQUENCES ARE VERY HIGH.

SO PEOPLE NEED TO BE CAREFUL.

THEY NEED TO PICK AND CHOOSE.

>> Stephen: WHAT ABOUT THIS

BIKRAM HOT YOGA.

IT SOUNDS INCREDIBLY POPULAR.

INCREDIBLY HUMID, 120 DEGREES.

JUST LIKE A FUNKY SWEAT PILE.

IS IT TRYING TO REPRODUCE, LIKE,

BEING IN CALCUTTA.

>> CALCUTTA, THAT WAS THE

INSPIRATION.

PEOPLE LOVE IT BECAUSE THEY GET

LOOSE AND FLEXIBLE AND THEY DO

THINGS THEY COULDN'T DO

NORMALLY.

PHYSICIANS WORRY ABOUT IT

BECAUSE THAT FLEXIBILITY ALSO

PRODUCES WOBBLINESS SOMETIMES IN

YOUR JOINTS SO YOU CAN BE MORE

PRONE TO DISLOCATIONS, SPRAINS,

THAT KIND OF STUFF.

>> Stephen: DO YOU WEAR THE

TIGHT STUFF WHEN YOU HERE IN

THERE?

>> NO, I DO YOGA AT HOME IN THE

MORNING IN LOOSE PANTS AND

HAVE...

>> Stephen: AND NOTHING ELSE?

(LAUGHTER)

>> I'M NOT GOING INTO THE SORDID

DETAILS.

>> WELL, IT'S BEEN 3,000 YEARS

YOGA'S BEEN AROUND?

>> I THINK FOUR, FIVE.

BUT THE MODERN STUFF,

SURPRISINGLY, THE STUFF THAT WE

DO TODAY WAS ALL DEVELOPED IN

THE 20s AND 30s.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S REAL YOGA?

I'M AN ORIGINALIST.

>> REAL OWE YOGA STARTED OUT IN

A SEX CULT.

TAN TRAY.

>> Stephen: AGAIN!

YOU'VE REALLY BURIED THE LEAD.

BILL BROAD, THE BOOK IS "THE

SCIENCE OF YOGA.

WE'LL BE RIGHT

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