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  • Austrian school bans yoga for 'religious reasons'

    10/10/2014 8:34:00 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/09/2014 | Ben Hooper
    DECHANTSKIRCHEN, Austria, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Officials at an Austrian elementary school said yoga lessons were stricken from the curriculum due to a complaint from a parent who cited "religious reasons." Ingrid Karner, who taught yoga to students once a month during gym classes at the school in Dechantskirchen, told the Kleine Zeitung newspaper the classes had been popular with students and their parents until one parent's complaint led to yoga being banned from the curriculum. "All I heard was that according to the Bible yoga should not be allowed and it would lead the children in the wrong direction,"...
  • Want to Start an Argument (among Catholics)? Just Say “Yoga”

    07/01/2014 4:20:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 95 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | January 19, 2014 | Patti Maguire Armstrong
    Yelling “fire” in a crowded theater can get you into trouble. So can saying “yoga” in a group of Catholics.I just do it for the stretches, I don’t do anything religious.It’s evil…the work of the devil.Oh please! The next thing you’ll be telling me is the number 13 brings bad luck. Practicing yoga breaks the First Commandment; it’s pagan worship.And so it goes. And goes. And goes.Three years ago, I did an article titled “To Yoga or Not to Yoga.” Initially, I wrote it then put it aside for around a year. I was not sure I was up...
  • Obama to free Gitmo terrorist ‘because he took up yoga’

    06/08/2014 9:38:24 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 7 2014 | Paul Sperry
    If you thought President Obama’s release of five top Taliban commanders in exchange for POW Bowe Bergdahl was bad, wait until you see what his Gitmo parole board plans. Desperate to empty the Guantanamo Bay prison by the end of his term, Obama quietly is giving “get out of jail free” cards for the flimsiest of excuses. One al Qaeda suspect captured in Afghanistan is considered reformed because he took up yoga and read a biography of the Dalai Lama. Another is eligible for release because of his “positive attitude.”
  • Yoga, Gym Sales Tax Likely to go Forward in DC

    06/04/2014 1:19:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says he doesn’t expect the council to scale back or undo a proposal to apply sales taxes to yoga classes and gym memberships. Mendelson said Monday that the tax increase is part of a package of reforms that will reduce the tax burden of the average District of Columbia resident.
  • 12 Year Old California Girl Teaches Yoga

    05/02/2014 1:26:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Gulf News ^ | May 2, 2014 | Nathaniel Lacsina
    Jaysea DeVoe, 12, is one of the youngest certified yoga instructors in the US and has joined the staff at Bergamot Spa in her hometown.
  • Russian minister's advice to US over Crimea: do yoga and chill out

    04/03/2014 10:47:10 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 45 replies
    Guardian ^ | 04/03/2014 | Shaun Walker
    A top Russian official has accused the US of "childish tantrums" in its response to the annexation of Crimea, and suggested that American politicians practise yoga and watch sitcoms to help chill out. "Clearly, the US leadership is really annoyed, and cannot come to terms with the new situation, which has arisen in large part due to the deliberate line taken by the US and its allies in Europe to prepare anti-Russian forces to take power in Ukraine," said deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, in an interview with Interfax. "Trying to demonstrate how unhappy it is with the exercise of...

    02/04/2014 11:08:23 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 166 replies
    BlogHer ^ | Jan 28, 2014 | Jen Caron
    IT HAPPENED TO ME: THERE ARE NO BLACK PEOPLE IN MY YOGA CLASSES AND I'M SUDDENLY FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE WITH ITI was completely unable to focus on my practice, instead feeling hyper-aware of my skinny white girl body. January is always a funny month in yoga studios: they are inevitably flooded with last year’s repentant exercise sinners who have sworn to turn over a new leaf, a new year, and a new workout regime. A lot of January patrons are atypical to the studio’s regular crowd and, for the most part, stop attending classes before February rolls around. A few weeks...
  • Dominican Priest Exposes The Spiritual Dangers Of Yoga

    02/02/2014 7:40:50 AM PST · by Epistolizer
    An analysis pointing out the intersection of transhumanism and the occult.
  • Yoga fanatic drowned trying to achieve ‘enlightenment’ through near-death experience

    10/30/2013 10:42:42 AM PDT · by Teotwawki · 43 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | October 30, 2013 | Lizzie Parry
    An extreme yoga fanatic drowned in a quarry after an experiment to achieve enlightenment through a 'near-death experience' went tragically wrong, an inquest has heard. Spiritualist Luke Monrose believed that by pushing his body to its limits and catching hypothermia he could 'unlock the secrets of the afterlife'. [snip] But his risky experiment went tragically wrong and a coroner today ruled Mr Monrose 'died as a consequence of a near-death experience which resulted in physical death'.
  • Judge Rules Yoga Not Tied To Religion, Allowed To Remain In Public Schools

    07/01/2013 12:48:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    ap ^ | July 1, 2013 12:18 PM
    A judge is allowing a San Diego-area school district to teach yoga, rejecting the claims of disgruntled parents who called it an effort to promote Eastern religion. Yoga is a religious practice, but not the way that it is taught by the Encinitas Union School District at its nine campuses, San Diego Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer said in Monday’s ruling. Meyer said the school district stripped classes of all cultural references including the Sanskrit language. He noted that the lotus position was renamed the “crisscross applesauce” pose.
  • Virginia yoga enthusiasts be warned about the GOP’s Lt. Gov candidate (o rly?)

    06/05/2013 11:00:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 7:28 PM on 06/05/2013 | John Flowers
    Our favorite new GOP bomb-thrower, E.W. Jackson, is anti-yoga and anti-evolution, but he believes in trickle-up—yes, up—economics. National Review’s Betsy Woodruff reports that The Man Who Would Be VA Lt. Gov. says yoga puts you at risk of Satanic possession. … Jackson also doesn’t belive in evolution. Why? Because monkeys can’t talk. Defeat that with your so-called “logic.” …
  • Is yoga the work of the devil?

    06/01/2013 12:58:39 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 102 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 1, 2013 | JP
    Father Gabriele Amorth is an old school priest. The octogenarian told The London Times this week that, since he was ordained way back in 1954, he has cast out some 160,000 demons. I believe that gives Father Gabriele some authority on the devil. So when he told the Times, “Practicing yoga brings evil,” he got my attention. I’ve long considered yoga a benign form of exercise, no more harmful than, say, aerobics or Pilates or, the apparent latest craze, Zumba. But after doing some research, I’m inclined to agree with Father Gabriele, the exorcist. While yoga indeed has a physical...
  • Obama White House Embraces Yoga Amid Conservative Contortions [White House "Yoga Garden For Easter"]

    03/31/2013 3:29:28 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    Times of India ^ | April 01, 2013 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    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...
  • White House Easter Egg Roll party to include a "Yoga Garden"

    03/29/2013 9:57:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/29/13 | Charlie Spiering
    The White House announces that President 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,” reads the announcement reminding participants that the event’s theme is “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!” Professional athletes will join the president for the “Eggtivity Zone” including NFL stars Anquan Boldin and Adrian Peterson as well as NASCAR’s Danica Patrick According to the White House, more than 30,000 people from
  • "The Om School Movement" By Dr. Peter Jones

    11/08/2012 6:28:20 PM PST · by truthxchange · 10 replies ^ | Nov. 6, 2012 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Do you believe the claim Newsweek made in 2009 that “We are all Hindus now”? Phillip Goldberg does. In his book American Veda: How Indian Spirituality Has Changed the West (2010) he makes the compelling case that many Americans have adopted the spiritual Hindu principle of Advaita, meaning “not two,” and now believe that all is “one.” So Bill Clinton uses Eastern meditation, we speak freely of mantras, avatars, karma, mandalas, and…we practice yoga. Yoga is big in Southern California, even among Christians, and even in the schools. Is yoga just exercise, or is it part of the Hinduization of...
  • Occupy Albany Insists Movement Isn't Dead, Proves It By Holding 5-Person Yoga Class in a McDonald's

    10/24/2012 4:30:50 PM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 10 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 10/24/2012
    This past Sunday, remnants of what is left of the Occupy Albany movement celebrated their one-month Anniversary by tying up traffic and insisting that they were "taking it to the man". Who that man is, is anybody's guess. A report from WNYT-Albany showed protesters insisting that despite a meager number of participants in the historic one-year march, the movement was far from dead. “As the capacity of an organizer, it never left. It’s not dead. It’s alive and well. It’s just that most of the organizers like myself, had school to do,” said Eddie Alkubari. It's not dead. It's alive...
  • Yoga? It's too Hindu for church: Priest bans exercise class because it's 'not Catholic'

    09/26/2012 9:17:56 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 110 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    -Yoga instructor Cori Withell was told activity was part of Hindu religion -37-year-old banned from using Catholic church hall despite paying up beforehand -She said the class was just for exercise and did not feature meditation -Ban not Catholic church policy - decision left to discretion of individual priests Banned: Fitness instructor Cori Withell was told she could not hold her yoga class at a Catholic church as it was a Hindu religious activity She meant her yoga classes to be a calming and relaxing experience for all those concerned. Instead, Cori Withell has ended up flustered and frustrated after...
  • Yoga Teacher Fired Over Cell Phone Ban at Facebook

    07/10/2012 10:02:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | Casey Newton
    For years, yoga instructor Alice Van Ness has started her classes with a simple request - that students turn their cell phones off. She brought that policy with her to Facebook, where she began teaching a weekly class at the company's Menlo Park campus in March. But it proved to be a hard policy to follow for at least one employee, who began tapping away on her phone in the middle of class. And after Van Ness shot her a disapproving look, the instructor found herself out of a job. The 35-year-old San Carlos resident was fired last month after...
  • Doga: Yoga for Dogs

    05/14/2012 9:44:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    KVUE ^ | May 14, 2012
    Yoga can increase the physical, psychological and spiritual health of those who practice it. But more and more research shows animals may benefit too. Doga started growing in popularity a couple of years ago, and a clinic in Austin is now offering it as a way for dogs and humans to bond while practicing yoga. Owner of total wellness in Austin and doga instructor Lori Massad-Koska and her client Ariana Gum spoke to KVUE about doga.
  • Never, ever give up: Arthur's inspirational transformation.

    05/06/2012 10:00:47 AM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies ^ | Unknown | Arthur
    An inspirational video for a Sunday morning...
  • Controversial Baby Dynamics Yoga (Baby Tossing)

    03/03/2012 10:33:38 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/2/2012 | Youtube
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  • Ashram Encounter with Jesus Led to Salvation

    02/21/2012 8:35:55 PM PST · by sreastman · 10 replies
    FaithIssues ^ | 2/21/2012 | FaithIssues
    Ashram Encounter with Jesus Led to Salvation Godreports My years after high school centered upon work during the week and partying on Balboa Island on the weekends. A weekend party began early Friday night and ended sometime late Sunday. My house became one of the hot spots in Newport Beach for some five years. But one day I grew tired of all the drinking and one night stands and thought it was about time I got married. Maybe that would bring a little more satisfaction and fulfillment into my life. So I ended up marrying a pretty girl from Newport...
  • How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body

    01/07/2012 11:04:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 5, 2012 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    On a cold Saturday in early 2009, Glenn Black, a yoga teacher of nearly four decades, whose devoted clientele includes a number of celebrities and prominent gurus, was giving a master class at Sankalpah Yoga in Manhattan. Black is, in many ways, a classic yogi: he studied in Pune, India, at the institute founded by the legendary B. K. S. Iyengar, and spent years in solitude and meditation. He now lives in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and often teaches at the nearby Omega Institute, a New Age emporium spread over nearly 200 acres of woods and gardens. He is known for his...
  • Obama is Selling Yoga Pants and Soy Candles

    11/25/2011 12:29:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/25/11 | Todd Starnes
    Having trouble deciding what to get the family for Christmas? Well, fear not, my fellow Americans — because President Obama has a full online catalog of goodies that are certain to bring happiness and joy to your loved ones. FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK President Obama’s campaign team has put together a website to remind us what the Yuletide season is truly all about — getting him re-elected. So they’ve decided to offer Americans a collection of special decorations for the “holiday” season. was careful to use the word “holiday” — but I suspect these decorations are meant for “Christmas”...
  • Off The Mat Into The World at Occupy Wall St

    10/17/2011 10:38:52 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 5 replies
    youtube ^ | 11 Oct 2011 | shinglightproductsns
    Yogis support Occupy Wall Street. Not opposed to anyone - just want unity and opportunity. They appear to be a little more well-groomed than the average OWS protester.
  • ACORN's Wade Rathke will practice what he preaches at New Orleans coffeehouse

    08/28/2011 8:01:27 PM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 14 replies
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | August 28, 2011 | John Pope
    As Wade Rathke, the New Orleans-born community organizer who founded ACORN, prepared to turn 63 this month, he was at a crossroads. The U.S. branch of the activist organization he turned into a powerhouse and a punching bag for the political right was dead, a victim of internal and external strife. Although Rathke has kept busy traveling to the 12 countries that are partners in ACORN International, he wanted something that would let him do some organizing in New Orleans. So he bought a coffee shop. It isn't just any coffee shop. It is the Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, a two-story...
  • Now ‘Catholic Yoga’ in America

    01/24/2011 9:14:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Nevada, Jan 24 (IBNS) Famous Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago (USA) is now offering ‘Catholic Yoga’ classes. Website of this Cathedral, which is both a parish and the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, says: “Join us as we explore the multiple spiritual and physical benefits of yoga practice while explicitly integrating prayers and spiritual themes of our Catholic faith.” “Typical sessions will include an opening prayer, inspired movement & strengthening, and contemplative prayer to close. The program will be focused around various themes to coincide with the liturgical calendar and progression of our faith life across the seasons”,...
  • Sri Daya Mata, Guiding Light for U.S. Hindus, Dies at 96

    12/05/2010 12:31:09 AM PST · by Cronos · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 3-Dec-2010 | Dennis Hevesi
    Sri Daya Mata, who for more than five decades was the leader of one of the most influential Hindu groups in the United States and an ardent advocate of the healing power of meditation, died on Tuesday at the group’s retreat for nuns in Los Angeles. She was 96. The society, whose monks and nuns adopt Indian names, teaches that there is a unifying truth behind all religious experience, and the group encourages its members to honor their roots in other faiths. Most members follow a vegetarian diet, practice yoga, chant and meditate Sri Daya Mata, who was born Faye...
  • Does Yoga Go Against Christianity?

    10/09/2010 5:03:58 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 65 replies
    CBN ^ | Saturday, October 09, 2010
    Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler says yoga is not a Christian practice. In an online essay, Dr. Mohler wrote that he's surprised at the number of Christians who embrace it and is asking Christians to avoid it. He says the stretching and meditative discipline derived from Eastern religions is not a Christian pathway to God. Mohler said he objects to "the idea that the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine." "That's just not Christianity," Mohler told The Associated Press. CBN News spoke with psychologist and author Dr. Linda Mintle about yoga and whether its emphasis...
  • The Subtle Body: Should Christians Practice Yoga? (can Yoga be extricated from its spiritual roots?)

    09/24/2010 6:46:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 185 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 09/24/2010 | R. Albert Mohler Jr.
    Some questions we ask today would simply baffle our ancestors. When Christians ask whether believers should practice yoga, they are asking a question that betrays the strangeness of our current cultural moment - a time in which yoga seems almost mainstream in America. It was not always so. No one tells the story of yoga in America better than Stefanie Syman, whose recent book, The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America, is a masterpiece of cultural history. Syman, an engaging author who is also a fifteen-year devotee of yoga, tells this story well. Her book actually opens with...
  • Is Yoga An Anti-Christian Practice?

    09/22/2010 3:03:50 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 140 replies
    NewsFeed ^ | Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | Allie Townsend
    Warning to Christians: There may be churches that will bless your Blackberry, but your favorite morning workout may undermine your faith. In a recent blog post, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, examines the argument that practicing yoga may be in direct conflict with the values of Christianity. "Yoga begins and ends with an understanding of the body that is, to say the very least, at odds with the Christian understanding," Mohler writes.
  • Yoga Classes, Dancing At Churches After Dark

    05/30/2010 9:37:25 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies · 556+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | May 30, 2010 | Meredith May
    Yoga Classes, Dancing At Churches After Dark Meredith May May 30, 2010 Moonlight leads the way to Grace Cathedral's 1-ton bronze Doors of Paradise, and behind them dancers are swaying on the labyrinth as a reverend spins ephemeral techno music. A black-and-white art film flickers on the church wall. Couples quietly stroll the aisles in private conversation, while others play high-tech hide and seek, texting and sending photos from pew to pew. It's not your grandmother's church - it's Episco Disco, a monthly nondenominational gathering of people in their 20s and 30s designed to take the fear factor out of...
  • Early release for prisoners who do yoga

    01/21/2010 10:50:43 PM PST · by myknowledge · 3 replies · 391+ views
    Prisoners in an Indian state who attend yoga classes will be freed early because the lessons improve self-control and lessen aggression, authorities said. For every three months spent doing sun salutations, deep breathing exercises and balance postures, a prisoner will get 15 days off their sentence, Madhya Pradesh state's inspector general of prisons told AFP. "Yoga is good for maintaining fitness, calming the behaviour, controlling anger and reducing stress," Sanjay Mane said. "When a prisoner attends yoga sessions and fulfils some other conditions, he will be considered for a remission if his jail superintendent recommends his case." Attending literacy classes...
  • Dahn-Yoga Touted “Peer-Reviewed Study” Stinks

    01/19/2010 8:21:38 AM PST · by mattstat · 2 replies · 271+ views
    I have been asked to write this review by a party who wishes to remain anonymous because of the fear of reprisal. See this article for background. Also this. Dahn yoga might not be of interest to you, but this review is larger than that. It will show you how easy it is to publish material in a well known journal that is poor at best. Civilians are often shocked to discover that peer-review is only a weak indicator of correctness. This article removes some of that mystique...
  • Dahn Yoga Called “Cult” in Lawsuit

    01/12/2010 8:05:44 AM PST · by mattstat · 2 replies · 332+ views
    Regular readers might recall the series of articles in which I detailed an experiment I designed and proctored to test some of Dahn Yoga’s more outlandish claims. That series is here: I, II, III, IV, V. Dahn Yoga leader Ilchi Lee created the Korean Institute of Brain Science, a group that claimed it could train children to “read” colors of cards inside opaque envelopes, using “Heightened Sensory Perception.” Because I had experience in these matters and because I was officemate with a physician who was also a Dahn member, I was able to run a test to see whether the...
  • Hippie Weirdo Yoga Farmer video

    07/31/2009 8:53:03 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 29 replies · 1,512+ views ^ | unknown | Satan?
    A 6 foot tall Rastafarian rooster, talking cow, and a pedo yoga guy on a farm. This must be where all organic fruits come from...
  • Efforts at Regulation Have Yoga Teachers Bent Out of Shape

    07/10/2009 10:49:14 PM PDT · by TBP · 14 replies · 702+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 10, 2009 | A. G. SULZBERGER
    Citing laws that govern vocational schools, like those for hairdressers and truck drivers, regulators have begun to require licenses for yoga schools that train instructors, with all the fees, inspections and paperwork that entails. While confrontations have played out differently in different states, threats of shutdowns and fines have, in some cases, been met with accusations of power grabs and religious infringement — disputes that seem far removed from the meditative world yoga calls to mind. In April, New York State sent letters to about 80 schools to warn them to suspend teacher training programs immediately or risk fines of...
  • Yoga is Not Just for Latte Sippers Anymore

    04/14/2009 9:04:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 792+ views
    NBC11 ^ | 4/13/09
    Yoga is not just for the latte sippers anymore. The long popular exercise amongst Bay Area health enthusiasts can be enormously beneficial to people going through cancer treatment, helping cope with insomnia, the effects of medication and fatigue. The discipline is also good for cancer survivors, as they rebound from their illness. However, those who have been through cancer treatments often can't afford a gym membership or fitness studio classes. That's why Halle Tecco started Yoga Bear, a nonprofit organization that allows cancer survivors to take classes at local yoga studios free of charge. Why yoga? "It's the community yoga...
  • CA: Skirmish over state prison yoga rooms intensifies

    02/04/2009 9:33:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 782+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/4/09 | Michael Rothfeld
    Reporting from Sacramento -- The battle over California prison inmates' constitutional rights has come down to this: finger-pointing over who dreamed up the idea of giving convicted criminals taxpayer-funded bingo and yoga rooms. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown have lambasted effortsby J. Clark Kelso, the court-appointed overseer of prison healthcare, to spend $8 billion on a "gold-plated utopian hospital plan" for 10,000 inmates. It features a "holistic" environment with natural light and space for yoga, music, horticulture and art therapy. On Tuesday, Kelso fired back, saying that the facilities are meant for mentally ill inmates, and...

    01/28/2009 6:45:38 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 698+ views - DOJ Press Release ^ | January 27, 2009 | n/a
    January 27, 2009 Note: The following text is a quote: FOUR DEFENDANTS PLEAD GUILTY TO ALL CHARGES, INCLUDING CONSPIRING TO ACQUIRE ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILES AND PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO THE LTTE, A FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION Defendants Were Caught in an FBI Undercover Sting Operation Attempting to Purchase Surface-to-Air Missiles, Missile Launchers, and Hundreds of AK-47 Automatic Rifles Earlier today, in the midst of jury selection at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, defendants Thiruthanikan Thanigasalam and Sahilal Sabaratnam pled guilty to conspiring and attempting to provide material support to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a designated foreign terrorist organization,...
  • Malaysia clerics issue yoga fatwa (fears it could corrupt Muslims)

    11/22/2008 12:16:13 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 462+ views
    BBC News ^ | November 22, 2008 | Robin Brant
    The Islamic authorities have issued a ruling, known as a fatwa, instructing the country's Muslims to avoid yoga because of its Hindu roots. To most people yoga is simply a sport - a stress-busting start to the day. Malaysia's National Fatwa Council said it goes further than that and that elements of the Indian religion are inherent in yoga. Announcing the decision, the council chairman Abdul Shukor Husin said practices like chanting and what he called worshipping were inappropriate and they could "destroy the faith of a Muslim". The ruling is not legally binding but many of Malaysia's Muslims abide...
  • Islamic body bans Yoga for Malaysian Muslims

    11/22/2008 9:03:46 AM PST · by libh8er · 13 replies · 557+ views
    Press Trust of India ^ | Nov 22, 2008
    Jaishree Balasubramanian Kuala Lumpur, Nov 22 (PTI) A top Islamic body in Malaysia today barred Muslims from practicing Yoga, saying the ancient physical exercise was "haram" and prohibited in Islam. Apprehensive that Muslims could be swayed by Yoga's elements of Hinduism, National Fatwa Council (NFC) issued a religious decree telling the community, who comprise two-thirds of Malaysia's 27 million population, that practising Yoga was "haram" and prohibited in the religion. Abdul Shukor Husin, chairman of the government-backed NFC, opined that practicing Yoga will erode the faith of Muslims in Islam and does not conform with the religion. "Yoga will erode...
  • San Francisco may offer street yoga

    05/12/2008 10:06:52 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 18 replies · 170+ views
    UPI ^ | 5-10-08 | upi
    SAN FRANCISCO, May 10 (UPI) -- San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is attempting to find a way to close a major stretch of roadway to allow residents to do yoga in a wide open space. Newsom said by closing a 3 1/2-mile stretch of road, residents would be able to indulge their yoga, bicycling or dancing hobbies in the Bay Bridge's shadow, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. "Instead of bringing people to open space," Newsom said, "we bring open space to people."
  • Hindu Leaders Split Over Yoga for Christians

    04/03/2008 9:49:57 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 22 replies · 181+ views
    Hindu religious leaders have strongly criticized a Catholic spiritual teacher for encouraging her pupils to find God through yoga. Tue, Apr. 01, 2008 Posted: 09:32:22 AM EST Hindu religious leaders have strongly criticized a Catholic spiritual teacher for encouraging her pupils to find God through yoga. Winnie Young, 96, meanwhile, questions why people misunderstand yoga to be a religion. Young who studied yoga under one of the world's leading yoga practitioners, Yogacharya BKS Iyengar, claims to have spent most of her life teaching yoga. She says the national yoga institute that she founded in 1975 practices Hatha yoga, which advocates...
  • Yoga and Kung Fu Take On Terrorism

    01/02/2008 11:11:22 AM PST · by Squidpup · 25 replies · 54+ views ^ | January 02, 2008 | Allison Barrie
    Jackie Chan is in, Jack Bauer is out — at least as far as joint counterterrorism training between India and China is concerned. The world’s two largest armies, China and India, exchanged training in kung fu and yoga last week in their first joint counterterrorism exercise, codenamed "Hand in Hand 2007." The exercise, a major step in military cooperation between the two neighbors after 45 years of tension along the Himalayan frontier, was conducted in China’s southwestern Yunnan province, where both armies displayed their cutting-edge training. Chinese soldiers from the People's Liberation Army presented a "Hard Qigong," a form of...
  • Michelle Malkin: Public school follies: Y is for yoga

    11/02/2007 11:53:24 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 16 replies · 131+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/3/07 | Michelle Malkin
    The surgeon general really needs to slap a health warning on the New York Times. My blood pressure increases a few points every time I read it. This week, the newspaper of record pimped the Next Great American Education Fad: In-school yoga classes. According to the piece, "Less Homework, More Yoga, From a Principal Who Hates Stress," the head of Needham High School in the Boston suburbs is pushing "stress reduction" through better stretching and breathing. Principal Paul Richards, who last earned nationwide mockery when he ditched publishing the honor roll, is part-Oprah, part-Deepak Chopra, part-Richard Simmons and all edu-babble....
  • Public School Follies: Y Is for Yoga

    10/31/2007 2:58:43 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 7 replies · 60+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 31, 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    The surgeon general really needs to slap a health warning on The New York Times. My blood pressure increases a few points every time I read it. This week, the newspaper of record pimped the Next Great American Education Fad: In-school yoga classes. According to the piece, "Less Homework, More Yoga, From a Principal Who Hates Stress," the head of Needham High School in the Boston suburbs is pushing "stress reduction" through better stretching and breathing. Principal Paul Richards, who last earned nationwide mockery when he ditched publishing the honor roll, is part-Oprah, part-Deepak Chopra, part-Richard Simmons and all edu-babble....
  • No Relaxation Technique Left Behind!

    10/31/2007 11:27:33 AM PDT · by Froufrou · 21 replies · 96+ views ^ | 10/31/07 | Michele Malkin
    The surgeon general really needs to slap a health warning on the New York Times. My blood pressure increases a few points every time I read it. This week, the newspaper of record pimped the Next Great American Education Fad: In-school yoga classes. According to the piece, “Less Homework, More Yoga, From a Principal Who Hates Stress,” the head of Needham High School in the Boston suburbs is pushing “stress reduction” through better stretching and breathing. Principal Paul Richards, who last earned nationwide mockery when he ditched publishing the honor roll, is part-Oprah, part-Deepak Chopra, part-Richard Simmons, and all edu-babble....
  • Man levitates outside the White House

    10/26/2007 1:05:06 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 23 replies · 333+ views ^ | October 23, 2007 | By staff writers
    DUTCH magician Ramana has been doing his best to freak out American people by levitating in Times Square and in front of the White House. The illusionist, real name Wouter Bijdendijk, hovered several feet above the pavement with apparent ease. His only "prop" was a stick that he held with his left hand.
  • Yoga Need Of The Hour, Says Catholic Priest

    09/15/2007 10:28:29 PM PDT · by Srirangan · 135 replies · 855+ views
    Catholic priest Father John Ferreira, principal of St. Peter's College in Agra, one of India's oldest educational institutions, says Christian priests in Britain are completely ignorant about yoga. 'They know nothing about yoga. They should first study and experience the benefits of India's ancient science before commenting,' Ferreira, 57, told IANS in an interview. He was commenting on the uproar in Britain after some British priests called for a ban on yoga classes for children, terming it 'unchristian activity'. Not sex but yoga education is the need of the hour, Ferreira said, speaking after a half-hour yoga class at an...