Yoga at CURVES

curves logoMR writes: “I am careful to avoid yoga but these balance classes have been incorporated recently into our CURVES circuit. Originally, the gym manager said they were yoga. When I said I objected to yoga, she quickly changed her tune and called them “balance” classes. They seem to incorporate “tree poses” and other yoga like positions. I am wondering if you have heard about this, have some thoughts about this. All positions are standing but I am not comfortable if it is truly yoga. Any thoughts?” 

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Should Christians Practice NIA?

Debbie Rosas with former husband, Carlos

Debbie Rosas with former husband, Carlos

CB writes: “Could you please help me to explain . . . why the practice of NIA is contrary to Orthodox Catholic teaching? I know in my heart it is wrong but struggle to find the words to convey why this practice is based in the occult ,dangerous & to be discarded. It was advertised in the parish bulletin & likely to lead others astray.”

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Does T25 Contain Yoga?

t25M asks: “I really need some guidance.  I recently purchased an exercise DVD series called T25. I think there might be some yoga postures included in the workouts especially the stretches.  I am really not familiar with yoga, as I have never practiced it.  I was wondering two things.  First are you familiar with this DVD and if so, is it safe to do?  Also, if it does contain some yoga, can I still do the workout but skip the yoga poses or alter them in some way?”

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When Dieting Becomes a Religion

woman saladSR writes: “The new fad seems to be that everyone seems to be on some kind of diet.  (I.e.  Paleo diet or Gluten free, Atkins, etc. I understand if someone is diagnosed with Celiac Disease or Gluten intolerances, it makes sense and would be prudent to eliminate gluten, but it seems that more and more people are on diets because they are desperate to lose weight.  In some cases I feel some people turn these diets into a “religion”. Are they any diets we should avoid (that are New Age?)  

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Can We Wear Yoga-Inspired Shoes?

JR writes: “I was on QVC looking for a comfortable pair of ballet flats.  Wouldn’t ya’ know?  I landed on what appeared to be a very cute, comfortable shoe that was being featured on air.  Oh – it was soooo cute – sooo comfortable.  It was a new design by Kalso also known for the “Earth Shoe.”  The Kalso Rep spoke about how Kelso was a “yogi” and designed one of the “poses” right into the shoe; the body would be in alignment. Is it okay to buy these?”

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