Can Yoga Give You Superpowers?

Fer-37-07.06.úrdhwa parshwa kákásana 3If Dean Radin is right, I’m signing up tomorrow. From Bookish:

Yoga diehards have long claimed that the practice can allay physical ailments, such as back pain andheadaches, as well as improve mood and mental agility. But these perks may not represent the full reach of yoga’s power, says parapsychology researcher Dean Radin in his new book, “Supernormal: Science, Yoga and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities.”

Before its recent popularization as an alternative physical and mental discipline, Radin writes, “The essential goal of yoga was to achieve states of insight that revealed the true nature of Reality.” This rarefied plane of consciousness offers many spiritual rewards, some of which we’re familiar with–deep focus, empathy, enlightenment–and some of which sound more like the paranormal weaponry of the X-Men. By clearing their minds of static and attachments, and perfecting bare focus and attention, Radin suggests, yogis of previous eras were able to transcend their intellectual and bodily confinements to commune with—and alter—the world around them. “After thousands of years of exploration, refinement, and discussion about [yoga] techniques, advanced yoga practitioners may have advanced far beyond what science is currently capable of confirming,” Radin asserts.

Radin’s investigation into the supernormal potential of yoga begins with a look at ancient yogic writings called the “Yoga Sutras,” which date back as far as the second century B.C. and which “provide a taxonomy of supernormal mental powers”—called siddhis—”and a means of obtaining them.” He then turns to the cutting-edge field of paranormal science and parapsychology, where researchers test the validity of these ancient claims through a range of studies and experiments. We take a look at the hard science behind four yogic superpowers Radin identifies…

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8 Comments on "Can Yoga Give You Superpowers?"

  1. Ted Heistman | Aug 7, 2013 at 5:24 pm |

    I think this guru dude says it the best. Paraphrasing: “Through meditation you do not become super human, rather you discover how super it is to be a human”

  2. Ted Heistman | Aug 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm |

    yoga, before it became something MILF’s do in tight pants, originally meant becoming one with the divine.

    • Yes, but there is nothing wrong with yoga babes, MILFs or otherwise, especially in tight pants, oh yes . . .

      • Ted Heistman | Aug 8, 2013 at 5:59 am |

        Yeah, more power too them! Its just weird how the meanings of words change so drastically over time.

  3. Daniel Gill | Aug 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm |

    There are ways of communing, shamanism and mediumship, that don’t involve meditation, and are considered not enlightenment but affliction, the loss of individuality and self; ego death. If scientists are to be taken seriously, they have to look at a range of practices around the world concerning channeling. The vast majority of which do not use meditation.

  4. VaudeVillain | Aug 8, 2013 at 7:51 pm |

    You mean like Yoga Fire? Sweet!

  5. Dan Muench | Aug 9, 2013 at 3:39 am |

    What kind of ‘Yoga’ – real shit, or vapid Angelenos either putting in time to become an ‘instructor’ (like a barely 1st degree black belt opening a dojo) or just in pursuit of Yoga Butt?

    Go spend some time on the west side of LA and hang around these people.

    If they’re ‘superpowered’ I’m signing up to learn how to pilot Sentinels.

  6. Sergio Poalsky | Aug 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm |

    Most people in western countries perform Hatha Yoga which has to do with maintaining physical health of the body. Other forms like Raja Yoga are concerned with realizing your true self and merging with the divine. Along the way harnering abilities to maintain concentration and focus and other “superpower” abilities. Actual yoga (if you want to call it that) doesn’t involve stretching at all, its all mental; meditating and considering.

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