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Yoga As Prayer

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I think that it's safe to say that, for the most part, Americans understand yoga as a system for physical wellness with some sort of vague Indian spirituality mixed in. It's too bad, really. Americans desperately need a deeper and more substantial connection to Spirit but, in their way, Americans found yoga and stripped it of all frills, leaving only the most basic exercise routine. It's been marketed and packaged alongside Pilates, Tae Bo, and Jazzercise. Disappointed in the lack of weight-loss (in comparison to the other exercises listed), Americans tried to make yoga more exciting. One example would be Bikram, or Hot Yoga, which became popular in the United States in 1970s. [note: this is a assumption on my part. I haven't been able to find any sources on why Bikram yoga was developed, but I have read that it claims to burn more calories and remove toxins when, in fact, it does not.]
Bikram yoga is typically done in a temperature controlled area which is kept at 10…