Clark Collis
May 12, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The toughest yoga position at the start of the last century was not the headstand or the eagle, but being in charge of promoting the practice in America. Iowa-born Pierre Bernard was the man who tasked himself with that mission — and for his troubles, he was labeled the Great Oom by scandal-hungry newspapers determined to paint him as a sex-crazed cult leader. Ex?Rolling Stone editor Robert Love reveals there was at least some fire beneath that smoke in this biography, The Great Oom. Certainly Bernard seems to have had an eye for the ladies. Maybe it was his third one. B

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