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From Times Online
June 12, 2010

The new yoga guide from hatha to doga

In the week that India announced it will patent 1,000 yoga postures, here’s our guide to what’s real and what’s not.

Sivananda

What is it?

Classical approach that teaches diet, exercise, breathing, relaxation and positive thinking.

Who does it?

People who want yoga at the centre of their life, not just an exercise class.

What it does

As well as posture, the aim is to improve all aspects of life from diet to self- image.

Authenticity 10/10 Teachings date back 5,000 years.

Bikram

What is it?

Bikram, aka hot yoga, is a favourite with those who like to feel as if they have worked out. It was created by the Indian yogi Bikram Choudhury, now a millionaire, in the 1970s and is based on a system of 26 hatha postures that are performed in a room heated to 38C-45C (100F-113F).

Who does it?

Devotees include Andy Murray, Brooke Shields and George Clooney.

What it does

With the focus on sweating, this is the one to choose to lose weight. It can help to burn up to 600 calories an hour. Avoid if you have high blood pressure or diabetes.

Authenticity

3/10 Around before yoga became hugely popular in the 1990s, but it loses points for being a hugely commercial enterprise.

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