GD writes: “I have just heard of the Tabata form of exercise. Does it have any element of New age to it? From what I read of it, it seems ok. I would appreciate it if you could shed more light on it.”
SL writes: “Do you have any information on the workout program called Cathletix? I don’t want anything having connections to yoga or Pilates or anything New Age. Are you aware of this program? Is it New Age? I appreciate any information you can offer . . .”
I was speaking at a conference in Maryland a few weeks ago and someone asked me to look into a program known as FlexAware to determine if it is New Age.
GM writes: “I just wanted to check if Zumba is New Age or not.”
ME asks: “What is Krav Maga? Is there any reason not to take their classes?”
MP asks: “Are you familiar with the Valerie Bertinelli Fitness DVD Losing It and Keeping Fit produced by GAIAM? I am not overly comfortable with anything produced by Gaiam (pronounced “guy-um”), which is a fusion of the words “Gaia” and “I am”. Gaia, mother Earth, was honored on the Isle of Crete in ancient Greece 5,000 years ago by the Minoan civilization. This civilization valued education, art, science, recreation, and the environment and believed that the Earth was directly connected to its existence and daily life. The concept of Gaia stems from the ancient philosophy that the Earth is a living entity.) I need to know if the exercises in this DVD are newage/yoga based. If not, do you think it’s a good idea to utilize a product that is new age marketed?”
RS asks: “I was wondering if you had any opinions on Pete Egoscue and his stretching programs? I’m concerned he maybe new age because D.P. Chopra gave a recommendation for it…”
A 59 year-old breast cancer survivor was doing a Pilates maneuver which caused her body to “swallow” her breast implant – which forced her to have it surgically retrieved and reinserted.
MM asks: “I would love to know if Biodanza is New Age or is it in keeping with the Catholic church view.”