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Obama White House Embraces Yoga Amid Conservative Contortions [White House "Yoga Garden For Easter"]
Times of India ^ | April 01, 2013 | Chidanand Rajghatta

Posted on 03/31/2013 3:29:28 PM PDT by Steelfish

Obama White House Embraces Yoga Amid Conservative Contortions Chidanand Rajghatta Apr 1, 2013, It is not the first time that Obama's residence has hosted a yoga garden for Easter, but this year's event is significant because of an ongoing lawsuit in California challenging the teaching of yoga in schools.

The White House announced last week that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will include a 'yoga garden' for children and their parents who attend the traditional Easter Egg Roll festivities on Monday. "Come enjoy a session of yoga from professional instructors," the White House exhorted thousands of workaday Americans parents and their kids from across the country who will troop into the Presidential lawns, reminding participants that the event's theme is 'Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!'

It is not the first time that Obama's residence has hosted a yoga garden for Easter, but this year's event is significant because of an ongoing lawsuit in California challenging the teaching of yoga in schools. In fact, the case came up for hearing in a San Diego courtroom on Thursday with a mirthful opening.

In an indication of how deep-rooted mainstream yoga has become in the US, it turned out that the presiding judge himself is a yoga practitioner. "Does anybody have a problem with that?" San Diego Superior Court Judge John Meyer was reported asking at the start of the case.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesofindia.indiatimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: easter; obama; wheaster; whitehouse; whyoga; yoga; yogalawsuit

1 posted on 03/31/2013 3:29:28 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Yoga is against my religion


2 posted on 03/31/2013 3:30:33 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Steelfish
... thousands of workaday American parents and their kids from across the country who will troop into the Presidential lawns,

Really? Wouldn't "workaday" American parents have to go to work?

3 posted on 03/31/2013 3:30:39 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Quien vive? JESUS! Y a su nombre? GLORIA! Y a su pueblo? VICTORIA!)
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To: Steelfish

In other news, the White House has asked the public to select their favorite icons for the yoga classes

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=picture+of+Ganesh&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8


4 posted on 03/31/2013 3:31:24 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
I cannot "unsee" the mental image of Moochele doing yoga.

Thanks a lot.

5 posted on 03/31/2013 3:31:37 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Steelfish

Who is paying for these yoga instructors?


6 posted on 03/31/2013 3:31:47 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: BipolarBob

Maybe they’ll ask Jane Fonda to pitch in?


7 posted on 03/31/2013 3:32:45 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: GeronL

All this is part of the multicultural crap that had gradually crept into the body politic of our nation that is now infected with a poisonous virus that affects us all. America killed from within.


8 posted on 03/31/2013 3:35:47 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
'Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!'

That might be too much for young skulls full of mush indoctrinated in the U.S. publik skools to comprehend. I suggest, "b healthy, b active, bu."

9 posted on 03/31/2013 3:36:29 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Barry gave the Republicans a free lunch. All the taxpayers got was a lousy tax increase.)
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To: Steelfish

Yoga and Hinduism are two sides of the same coin. Obama and his Team are not Christians, so they don’t recognize that.


10 posted on 03/31/2013 3:37:05 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Steelfish

....and the mantra will be “OOOOOOOOOOObamaaaaaa.”


11 posted on 03/31/2013 3:38:43 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Steelfish

Aren’t we supposed to separate church and state?


12 posted on 03/31/2013 3:40:21 PM PDT by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: Tzimisce

Don’t let the Black Churches hear you.


13 posted on 03/31/2013 3:42:49 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Did someone say Yoda exercises?


14 posted on 03/31/2013 3:53:14 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Steelfish

Smarter than the average Barry....


15 posted on 03/31/2013 3:56:19 PM PDT by mikrofon (A.. Boo-boo)
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To: Steelfish

Booboo says the picnic baskets are extra...


16 posted on 03/31/2013 3:56:34 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: savedbygrace

I’ve done yoga and I’m not Hindu. I took a lot of ballet but never grew swan feathers, either. It’s exercise. But I prefer Pilates


17 posted on 03/31/2013 3:59:44 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Steelfish
Obama is a wicked man.
18 posted on 03/31/2013 4:46:01 PM PDT by tbpiper
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To: Steelfish

WTF is a “yoga garden”???


19 posted on 03/31/2013 5:14:27 PM PDT by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: Steelfish
"reminding participants that the event's theme is 'Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!"

Not that Christ has Risen.

20 posted on 03/31/2013 5:17:32 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Mamzelle

Those who do not understand respond pretty much the way you have. Sorry if that’s offensive to you, but I stated a fact.


21 posted on 03/31/2013 6:20:10 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Steelfish

Yoga, so-called, as practiced in the West is nothing more nor less than a set of preposterous contortions engaged in by fitness nuts in leotards; it has nothing to do with actual yoga, which is the union of the individual self with the universal Self.


22 posted on 03/31/2013 6:48:30 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Jack Hammer

“it has nothing to do with actual yoga, which is the union of the individual self with the universal Self.”

You’re brave to say that on FR!


23 posted on 03/31/2013 10:22:26 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Jack Hammer

Yes, it’s mostly a marketing vehicle for other stuff in the West. But some elements of Yoga do remain in most of those meditation and exercise systems from what I’ve seen.


24 posted on 04/07/2013 10:06:53 AM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Jyotishi

The key word being “meditation”. Exercise is for the gym.


25 posted on 04/07/2013 1:37:37 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Jack Hammer

Where I come from, we call it, “Stretching.”


26 posted on 04/07/2013 1:39:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Where I come from, we call any reference to yoga as exercises as a “stretcher.”


27 posted on 04/07/2013 1:40:57 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Jack Hammer

By “exercise” my reference is to being as physically fit as possible. Hatha Yoga helps in this.


28 posted on 04/07/2013 2:00:00 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Jyotishi

Hatha Yoga is an oxymoron.

Exercises are NOT yoga.


29 posted on 04/07/2013 2:09:43 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Jack Hammer

> Hatha Yoga is an oxymoron.

Is there some latter-day thinking that differs from the following excerpt?

The most comprehensive text of hatha yoga is the Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Yogi Swatmarama. This work is nonetheless derived from older Sanskrit texts on yoga besides Yogi Swatmarama’s own yogic experiences. It includes information about shatkarma (purification), asana, pranayama (subtle energy control), chakras (centers of energy), kundalini (instinct), bandhas (muscle force), kriyas (techniques; manifestations of kundalini), shakti (sacred force), nadis (channels), and mudras (symbolic gestures) among other topics.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatha_yoga

Your comments will be appreciated.


30 posted on 04/07/2013 2:28:47 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Jyotishi

Yoga is one of the six traditional systems of Indian philosophy - Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Sankhya, Yoga, Karma Mimamsa, and Vedanta - and, despite what the “writer of the wikipedia” article says, the Yoga Darshana of Patanjali is the accepted text, and the ONLY accepted text, for this system.

Verse two of chapter one of this document states, “Yogaschittavriddhinarodhah,” which, translated into English from the original Sanskrit, is, “Yoga is the cessation of the modifications of the mind.”

Period.

End of story.

Deep in the body of the text, yogasanas (flexibility positions)are mentioned as an ancillary technique - one of eight - for the achievement of this end.

They are NOT yoga, nor can they be equated with same; they are, at BEST, a more or less useful tool for exercising the body between bouts of meditation.

Please refer all further questions to this document, an excellent translation of which is offered by State University of New York Press; I’m getting a little tired of this (very) old thread.


31 posted on 04/07/2013 3:21:21 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Steelfish

I choose this;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pro7XpRpU04


32 posted on 04/07/2013 3:29:13 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Steelfish
What is it with these people?
33 posted on 04/07/2013 3:35:10 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Steelfish
I think it's a great idea. Yoga is not only wonderful exercise, but also mediation. It's also not a religion.

That said, there are a couple of poses that if Michelle is doing them, I don't wanna be behind her.

34 posted on 04/07/2013 3:41:12 PM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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> the Yoga Darshana of Patanjali is the accepted text, and the ONLY accepted text....

It is evident that is not so:

The Original Teachings of Yoga: From Patanjali Back to Hiranyagarbha

American Institute of Vedic Studies

Many people today look to Patanjali, the compiler of the Yoga Sutras, as the father or founder of the greater system of Yoga. While Patanjali’s work is very important and worthy of profound examination, a study of the ancient literature on Yoga reveals that the Yoga tradition is much older.

The traditional founder of Yoga Darshana or the ‘Yoga system of philosophy’ – which the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali represents – is usually said to be Hiranyagarbha. It is nowhere said to be Patanjali. The Mahabharata (Shanti Parva 349.65), the great ancient text in which the Bhagavad Gita of Sri Krishna occurs, states: “Kapila, the teacher of Samkhya, is said to be the supreme Rishi. Hiranyagarbha is the original knower of Yoga. There is no one else more ancient.”

Elsewhere in the Mahabharata (Shanti Parva 342.95-96), Krishna states, identifying himself with Hiranyagarbha: “As my form, carrying the knowledge, eternal and dwelling in the Sun, the teachers of Samkhya, who have discerned what is important, call me Kapila. As the brilliant Hiranyagarbha, who is lauded in the verses of the Vedas, ever worshipped by Yoga, so I am also remembered in the world.” Other Yoga texts like the Brihadyogi Yajnavalkya Smriti XII.5 similarly portray Hiranyagarbha as the original teacher of Yoga, just as Kapila is the original teacher of the Samkhya system. So do commentaries on the Yoga Sutras.

The vast literature of the Vedas, Mahabharata and Puranas speak of numerous great yogis but does not give importance to Patanjali, who was of a later period. Even the Yoga literature that is later in time than Patanjali, like that of Kashmir Shaivism or Hatha Yoga, does not make him central to their teachings.

Complete article:

http://www.vedanet.com/2012/06/the-original-teachings-of-yoga-from-patanjali-back-to-hiranyagarbha/


35 posted on 04/07/2013 4:16:04 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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