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Is Yoga Anti-Christian?

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Yoga is a daily routine for millions of people. “A way of coming to a place of inner peace ,and yoga uses the physical body as a way of meeting self,” says instructor Melody White. White says more people are catching on to the health benefits of yoga, such as reducing stress and anxiety. But could yoga be Anti-Christian? The activity’s roots in Eastern religions are stirring debate. The president of the Southern Baptist Seminary is calling for Christians to avoid yoga. Local pastor Charlie Scott agrees.

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Zumba, Yoga Hop and Yogalates

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Already on its way to being a sensation, Zumba is slang in Columbia meaning to buzz like a bee or to move fast. Started in Miami by Columbian choreographer and dancer Alberto "Beto" Perez, Zumba is different because it uses Latin music in its original form, there are no step counts. Using a combination of cha-cha, mambo and salsa dance moves, in an hour-long combination of dance and aerobics, Zumba promises to work every muscle in your body and turn exercise into a party. There is a lot of pivoting in Zumba so most instructors recommend flat bottom shoes to protect the knee from twisting.

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Yoga Shows Potential to Ward Off Certain Diseases

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Practicing yoga may do more than calm the mind — it may help protect against certain diseases, a new study suggests. In the study, women who had practiced yoga regularly for at least two years were found to have lower levels of inflammation in their bodies than did women who only recently took up the activity. Inflammation is an immune response and can be beneficial when your body is fighting off infection, but chronically high levels of inflammation are known to play a role in certain conditions, including asthma, cardiovascular disease and depression.

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Pilates and yoga benefit men, too

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“I probably look like a meathead, but I’m really not,” said Jim Hirt of Woodstock. At 6 feet 8 and about 270 pounds, Hirt spends four to five days a week lifting weights at his local Life Time Fitness. Four months ago, to the surprise of his weight-lifting buddies, he added Pilates to his exercise routine. “Usually guys think that Pilates is for girls,” Hirt said. “I had that same stigma. [I thought] it was really easy. It’s anything but easy.” A jet engine mechanic for Delta Air Lines, Hirt injured his back at work and had to undergo two surgeries in two years.

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Calories Burned in Yoga

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So just how many calories do you burn in Yoga? Can Yoga really burn enough calories to supplement my cardio workout? If you’ve asked yourself the same questions, see below for types of Yoga and the average calories burned during an hour long session. Yoga burns on average about 200 calories per hour, but it really depends on the type of yoga you practice. Also, learning how to intensify your practice and challenging yourself personally during class can really add to the total calories burned.

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Yoga for kids

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Yoga Helps Kids Find Balance in Their Lives. Children today are under a lot of stress. Homework, pressure to compete with other children, endless after-school activities, over-scheduling -- it all adds up. And just like their parents, kids today are turning to Yoga to help them relax.

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What is Tantra Yoga ?

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Tantra Yoga is a holistic approach to the study of the universal from the point of view of the individual: the study of the macrocosm through the study of the microcosm. Tantra Yoga draws on all the sciences - astronomy, astrology, numerology, physiognomy, physics, chemistry, alchemy, Ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India), psychology, mathematics, geometry, and so on - to provide a practical means of realizing the highest ideals of philosophy in daily life. Instead of separating and categorizing the different areas of human knowledge, Tantra Yoga draws them together.

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What is Sahaja Yoga ?

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Sahaja Yoga is a method of meditation which brings a breakthrough in the evolution of human awareness. It was created by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi in 1970 and has since spread all around the world. In Shri Mataji's own words: "Global unity of mankind can be achieved through this awakening that can occur within each human being, so that transformation takes place within us. By this process a person becomes moral, united, integrated and balanced. One actually gets the experience of the feeling of the all-pervading divine power as cool breeze.

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Yoga protects the brain from depression

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Practising yoga really does relax your mind as well as your body more than other types of exercise, a new study claims. Researchers have found that three sessions of the exercise a week can help fight off depression as it boosts levels of a chemical in the brain which is essential for a sound and relaxed mind. Scientists found that the levels of the amino acid GABA are much higher in those that carry out yoga than those do the equivalent of a similarly strenuous exercise such as walking.

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Yoga for Arthritis - How Can Yoga Help You Deal with Arthritis

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Feeling stiff on your back? Having pain in your knees and wrists perhaps? You are then most likely suffering from arthritis, a disease which causes inflammation or swelling of the joints. Arthritis is among the more common diseases in the world. It affects 40% of Americans aged 45 to 64 and 60% of those aged 65 and older. Popular belief holds that arthritis is a sickness of the aged. But while age does increase the risk and vulnerability of people to arthritis, even children, teenagers, and young adults can have it. Cases of arthritis among children are generally termed as Juvenile Arthritis.

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