Yoga On The Net

Yoga On The Net

Yoga on​ the​ Net

At one time it ​ seemed that yoga was little more than a ​ dated hippie fad,​ rather like the​ lava lamp. But now this ancient health system is​ ​ back in​ ​ vogue.

Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow,​ Madonna,​ and Julia Roberts and Sting are not shy about advocating the​ mental and physical benefits of ​ the​ discipline.

It is​ ​ cool to​ ​ carry around a ​ little purple mat and tie yourself up in​ ​ knots in​ ​ local gyms and draughty church halls. it ​ seems yoga is​ ​ everywhere,​ and nowhere is​ ​ it ​ more omnipresent than on​ the​ net.

Should you wish to​ ​ learn more about Sting's views on​ the​ subject,​ for instance,​ you might care to​ ​ read the​ in-depth interview available at the​ White Lotus website.

You'll find a ​ glossily professional web page which features authoritative articles on​ the​ many different forms of ​ yoga - and the​ debate about which is​ ​ the​ best.

You can also access a ​ shop selling books and videos,​ or click through selection of ​ celebrity interviews.

Share the​ well-illustrated interview with Sting,​ in​ ​ which he expresses regret at not having started yoga earlier. But he adds that,​ if ​ anything,​ the​ exercise seems to​ ​ be reversing the​ ageing process.

This view is​ ​ echoed by fellow megastar Madonna. Indeed,​ the​ title song,​ Ray of ​ Light,​ in​ ​ her best-selling album incorporates a ​ traditional yoga chant.

If you are moved to​ ​ discover more details,​ Roots And Wings,​ a ​ 'yoga,​ bodywork and natural healing centre' will be happy to​ ​ provide you with the​ original Sanskrit text of ​ that chant.

Roots And Wings is​ ​ largely geared to​ ​ selling yoga products,​ but you'll also find articles,​ discussion groups and a ​ search engine for locating those all important Sanskrit lyrics (just type in​ ​ Madonna).

Another site,​ called Evolution,​ describes itself as an online yoga magazine,​ and although it ​ can be a ​ little graphic-heavy and slow,​ it's a ​ snazzy and informative creation.

The visitor is​ ​ offered enticements such as a ​ free email newsletter,​ meditation advice,​ chants and even recipes.

Should you find Evolution's animated yoga girl icon annoyingly limber,​ you might be tempted to​ ​ compete with her by practising a ​ selection of ​ yoga postures yourself.

Evolution allows you to​ ​ call up these postures on​ your screen.

It seems that cyberspace is​ ​ not yet the​ proper place to​ ​ learn the​ subtleties of ​ this ancient discipline: for that you'll still need to​ ​ take a ​ traditional class with a ​ teacher.

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