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347Clarion Call to Editors and Journalists Reporting on Yoga

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Jun 7, 2005
      Press Release:
      Clarion Call to Editors and Journalists Reporting on Yoga

      Clarion Call to Editors and Journalists Reporting on Yoga

      In the name of balanced and fair reporting, there is a great need for
      editors and journalists to research and report on the spiritual focus
      of Yoga, not merely the physical, which is a minor, though useful
      part of authentic Yoga.

      (PRWEB) June 7, 2005 -- The underlying presumption of almost all
      articles on Yoga is the view that Yoga is a physical exercise
      program, stress management method, or medical treatment. It seems
      that virtually none of the articles, aside from specialty
      publications, focus on the more authentic truth that Yoga is a means
      of spiritual awakening or realization. Articles are needed that first
      address the spiritual perspective, and then mention the physical as a
      minor alternative, complement, or preparation.

      The codes of ethics of many journalism associations and organizations
      stress the importance of fair reporting, including avoiding
      distortions due to either emphasis or omission. It is the emphasis of
      reporting on Yoga as a physical process, and the omission of Yoga in
      its deeper, truer aspects that tend to make these articles ethically

      Two additional types of reporting are needed. One would be articles
      describing the original and true nature of Yoga, which may not even
      include most of the physical postures. The other would be articles on
      how it has happened that Yoga has become so significantly distorted
      in recent years. To report from these two perspectives would go a
      long way in balancing all of the reporting that reflects the false
      premise that Yoga is about physical fitness.

      If you are an editor, journalist, or reporter, won't you please
      help to balance the reporting to the public about the true nature of
      Yoga. If you can find people to interview about Yoga as physical
      fitness, then you can also find people to interview about Yoga in its
      more authentic form.

      The article "Modern Yoga Versus Ancient Yoga" by Swami
      Jnaneshvara Bharati provides an overview that may serve as background
      information, or a starting point for the journalist willing to
      further research and report on these topics. The article is online
      at: http://www.swamij.com/ancientyoga.htm