YOGA CHAIN BOWS DOWN TO PRESSURE FROM BIKRAM
The popular New York-based chain of yoga studios. Yoga to the People, accused by Bikram Yoga of copyright infringement, has decided to withdraw their legal challenge to offer a specific series of yoga exercises in high-temperature classes. This decision comes despite the federal copyright office ruling in 2012 that arrangements of pre-existing exercises, like yoga poses, could not be copyrighted. Yoga to the People has won a large following mainly through its low prices as it charges only $8 per class at its six studios, compared with as much as $25 a class at Bikram studios.
CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISTS ATTACK YOGA PROGRAM
The US Family Research Council, a right-wing Christian think tank, has attacked the new Mind Fitness Training program being tested by the US military. The program, which integrates yoga, breathing exercises and meditation alongside traditional training exercises to help keep soldiers relaxed and reduce depression and drug and alcohol use. Speaking on his morning radio programme, head of the FRC Tony Perkins, said,
the military seems intent on driving out religion and replacing it with wacky substitutes. They’ve added atheist chaplains, Wiccan worship centers, and now, meditation classes. But none of them are as effective or as constructive as a personal relationship with God. Unfortunately, though, it’s mind over what mat-ters-and that’s faith. In 2012, the US military averaged one suicide per day, with soldiers more likely to commit suicide than be killed on the battlefield.
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NEW RECORD FOR WORLD’S OLDEST YOGA TEACHER
A Scottish great-grandmother could be the new World Record holder for the oldest yoga teacher crown. 98-year old Connie Dennison who teaches yoga in Dunfermline, is two-years older than current Canadian record holder, Ida Herbert 96. Connie who began practising yoga in her 20s, said, ‘Tm quite sure that I’d be in a wheelchair if I didn’t have yoga. My legs have been stronger since I started and it has helped me and my family.’’ The Guinness World Records unofficially confirmed the Scot appeared to be the world record holder.
PAIN IN THE NECK
About two thirds of people will experience neck pain at some point either from an injury or day-to-day activities such as falling asleep in an awkward position. Volunteers in a German study felt less discomfort after doing a 90-minute yoga session every week for nine-weeks. The results published in the Journal of Pain showed neck pain was reduced comparing to the other exercises such as walking, running, or stretching. It is seen that yoga strengthens neck muscles, improves flexibility and reduces anxiety levels.