Does Fitness Need Religion?

AC writes: “I know a Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach who was trained by Paul Chek. Would you advise me consulting this person who is a Level 3 practitioner from the C.H.E.K. Institute?  I looked at his website and blog, and I see things that concern me. Please advise me whether he can be considered New Age or not.” 

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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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Don’t Buy Products that Keep the New Age in Business

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?”

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