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Is anyone here into "hot yoga" or "moshka yoga" There are a few names for it. I have just started, and find it very challening. I was wondering if anyone who has been doing it for awhile has insight into the benifits for them.


Thu. Aug 16, 2:51pm

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I gave it up pretty quickly - couldn't stand the smell in the room.

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 6:40 PM

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A friendly word of caution

As a massage therapist, I encourage you to take hot yoga - it's better for my business! Joking aside, I get quite a few clients who hyperextend their muscles in hot yoga because their bodies are so incredibly warm and flexible that they can't tell when they've pushed it too far.

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 7:15 PM

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I have been practicing Bikram Yoga...

and love it! I took a haitus from running and took up Bikram yoga and the practice has tremendously improved my focus and my running.

Only an ignorant person would objectify the "smell" of the room; you need to be mentally stronger than that.

Another thing that I love is how accepting the other students are, most people in yoga are so open minded, which is a nice change of pace.

Keep it up, it does get easier in some ways, meaning you get used to the heat, the "smell" (for those that find it displeasant), and the challenge then becomes mind over matter.

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 9:05 PM

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Didn't realize transcendental hippies were intellectually superior.
Forgive me and my lowly abhorence of B.O.

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 10:01 PM

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I am in no way a hippie by definition, but if being open minded and accepting of bodily functions and odor then so be it.

Clearly you have never traveled the world or left your inbred sheltered town.

And what makes me "intellectually superior" is my Ph. D from Columbia. And not the country, idiot.

Friday, August 17, 2007, 12:47 PM

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Umm....different person here....
I have traveled the world.
I went to a very good school.
I am not from this country, so I have lived with people that don't shower as frequently.
And I am still repulsed by BO on the train. Nothing wrong with that.

Friday, August 17, 2007, 12:51 PM

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This is not any of the OP

Smart, dumb, stupid or well educated...B.O. is B.O. and is not something one needs to be non 'ignorant' to accept. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck then it's probably a duck. Or in this case, if it smells like B.O. it probably is B.O. Plain and simple. Why does tolerating a bad smell make you any more accepting of people? Someone could be accepting of people and not their smell. I don't like the smell of someone with too much perfume or cologne on either. I'm incredibly opened minded and I could accept just about anyone but if they smell I don't choose to be around them, friend, foe or stranger. I just can pretend it's not there. If the 6:40 PM or 10:01 PM poster doesn't choose to attend hot yoga any longer due to the bad oder then who cares, it doesn't make them "ignorant" it just leaves another space open for another smell person or non-smelly person whom doesn't mind the smelly person sitting next to them. :-) P U

Friday, August 17, 2007, 1:16 PM

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I find that an awful lot of people with PhDs haven't got the sense to get out of the rain. Enjoy your high fallutin' degree and the farting, stinking masses in your superior hot yoga class and leave the air-conditioned vinyasa to those of us with normal sensibilities - and senses.

Friday, August 17, 2007, 1:40 PM

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OP here

I was just inquiring about a type of exersize, thats all. I wanted to know the benefits - if any - by someone who practices this type of yoga.

Benefits, like increased energy, better skin...whatever.

Or negatives, like the massage therapist poster outlined.

A post about how you do not like the smell is irrelevant and unnecessary. And a post calling people morons or transcendental hippiesv(huh?) are also irrelevant and unnecessary.

I can't believe this turned into an argument.

Friday, August 17, 2007, 1:46 PM

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I doubt that person really has a PhD - or even a HS diploma for that matter. I mean, come on, resorting to namecalling like that pretty much identifies him/her as one of the teenagers who've recently discovered this site.

Friday, August 17, 2007, 1:46 PM

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This is a hilarious thread. I find it so funny to see how an initial post could cause such a crazy outcome with fighting, ego's, or name calling, etc. It makes for a fun read though. Thanks for the laughs.

Friday, August 17, 2007, 2:01 PM

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1.46, I'M a teenager who recently discovered this site - what, does that make me "ignorant" ?

What inclines you to believe that if someone makes a comment that you deem 'ignorant', they MUST be young and stupid?


And, did anyone think, that as a Ph.D, if it is in medicine, they've become rather ACCUSTOMED to the body and it's odors/functions?

And whoever said that the BO bothers them IS a little provincial. If people are excersizing and working hard, they tend to sweat. Basic biology. Sweat has bodily wastes and ammonia in it, so it tends to smell. Deal with it.

Friday, August 17, 2007, 8:44 PM

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8.44 cont.

And if you hate the smell of BO, that's obviously why you haven't been to a gym lately and are still on this site - fat and annoying as ever.

Friday, August 17, 2007, 8:45 PM

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OP here

Is someone making this stuff up up?

You're argument is so useless, you are all embarrassing yourselves.
We are all here to learn about lifestyle and fitness.....

Why don't you guys start your own BO thread? Then you can banter back and forth with your merry self righteous anti-BO and pro-BO or whatever BO witt. Maybe you guys can get a book or article out of this. It is riveting stuff.

Friday, August 17, 2007, 9:10 PM

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8:44 and 8:45

Woohoo...the teenager speaks.
YOU are probably the one who is fat and annoyed.
And FYI - if a person is healthy, eats a healthy diet, and cleans themselves regularly, they should not smell at all, even when they sweat. That's just the truth. I hate BO, I have been to a gym lately, and I'm not fat. In fact, I am very thin and in shape - use this site to keep track of food.

The only reason I can think of for you to defend BO so that you are probably really smelly. Haha, do they make fun of you in high school? Awww you poor baby....

And by the way, you are very provincial if you think that a doctor begins to enjoy the smell of BO and bodily waste just because it is what they deal with regularly. Especially when trying to enjoy themselves in a relaxing yoga session. A doctor will also not say that he/she ha a Ph.D, they will say "I am a doctor".

Hope this site helps you. It's really a shame that so many teens are overweight these days...

Friday, August 17, 2007, 9:43 PM

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Miss Teenager,

I don't recall using the word "ignorant" in my 1:46 post...? I suggested that the screamer above who revels in human stench sounded childish for namecalling. That is a child's habit. Kinda like calling someone "provincial" and "annoying". (By the way, great job proving my point). I'll give you credit, though, for being more creative in your selection of adjectives than the supposed PhD. It bodes well for your ability to one day graduate from the name-calling phase.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 12:02 AM

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Miss Teen back.

Adorable, all of you. Interesting how you call me immature, and yet seem to take so much pleasure in useless name calling with someone who you consider 'immature'.

9.43 - You're an idiot. There isn't a more "knowedgable" word for it. Nothing fancy or elegant - but you're an idiot through and through. Call me when your double digit IQ rises a point or two. The fact is, that BO DOES smell, and cleaning yourself regularly gets rid of the smelly sweat, thus reducing odor. If you're excersizing and sweating profusely, you're going to smell. Saying you don't like an excersize place because of the smell of sweating people (working hard) is more or less ignorant in every sense of the word. And claim what you want, but with that attitude about the smell of sweat, I very much doubt you're in shape. For you information, I, on the other hand, am very much in shape. I'd save your shame for hopeless losers like yourself.

12.02 - Perhaps the quotes around ignorant were for emphasis? And no one "revels in human stench", although some people are more mature than others with dealing with it. If anme calling is "childish", you've just proven your own point by spending precious minutes from what I'm sure is an enganging and interesting life to namecall and mudsling back. Only issue is, I'm 17; what's your excuse for being "childish"? And, for your information, if by "the name calling place" you mean Columbia, you're just showing not only your own want of intelligence, but also your jealousy of anyone WITH mental status (and mostly likely, the reason for you attacking the poster above). Grow up, and learn that just because you couldn't make it in the world, doesn't mean you should hate on people who can.

Enjoy your pathetic [heavy] lives =)

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 12:19 AM

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Somebody is up way past her bedtime. No wonder she's so cranky and so bleary-eyed that she can't actually read what's written.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 12:34 AM

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so, who actually wants to talk about Hot Yoga, instead of argue about BO?

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 7:54 AM

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So you claim you are in shape? What shape is that, anorexic/ bulemic? Because only someone who is starving and/or guility for binging and purging can have such a huge amount of vile poison escape their fingers in one sitting. Starving does make you angry, irritable, and such other things.

As far as doubting that I actually am in shape, doubt all you want. I guess the only way to prove I am is to open up one of the magazines I'm in and take a look for yourself.

You are very childish. And all of us have just about had enough of your childish begging -for-attention antics. Sometimes, I wish this site was for people 18 and older, and have another one for the younger crowd. This would prevent people like you from infilrtating this place with your ignorant insults.

Oh, and by the way, here's a scary reality. Just because you *may* be in shape now, doesn't mean you will be later. Your metabolism is at it's highest RIGHT NOW. It only goes down hill from now. Enjoy all that BO you will be producing trying to work off all the weight you will gain. Good luck!

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 8:55 AM

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On topic

OP - my husband has been practicing hot yoga for about two years and he loves it (and he took his very first yoga class just 3 years ago.) He has found that it helps him with his back pain (which he no longer has) and that the warm room loosens him up.

I do other types of yoga , but I'm 'afraid' of the hot yoga b/c the class my husband takes is pretty challenging and I don't like the feeling of sweat trickling down my face - it drives me batty if I can't wipe it away - otherwise, I don't mind sweat at all . I guess that could be a mind over matter issue for me, but I took a core/abs yoga class where we sweat our a$$es off and the trickling sweat drove me bonkers. I should probably get over it and tackle it - I'm sure it would only do me good to be able to 'endure' some sweat on the face!


Saturday, August 18, 2007, 9:31 AM

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7:54 AM

I say we stay on this BO topic. I seriously can not stop laughing when reading all of these posts. I specifically come back to check any updates on this thread regularly. This is hilarious. BO is a much more interesting, and smelly, conversation than hot yoga obviously. Carry on!

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 11:17 AM

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11:17, I keep checking to see if the angry ivy-leaguer has returned. It's high entertainment to hear "pedigreed" people display the kind of behavior you expect from the snotty, ill-reasoned teenager above.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 11:29 AM

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How am I ill reasoned? (Teen back)

I'm merely suggesting that it's a little strange to down-talk an excersize place for the smell of sweat, which is relatively common when people work hard.

As for my own shape, surprising how you also can open up a few magazines and see my face in it. Although yours are probably for Lane Bryant, mine happen to be in a few more prominent magazines. And my shape WILL stay for quite some times, since I'm not the teenager who eats whatever she wants and the lbs just melt away. I eat right and excersize daily to keep myself the way I am.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 1:00 PM

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What exactly does hot yoga involve?

I've recently take up Yoga but ahve never taken up hot yoga. What does this involve? I assume from the other posts it's more hardcore and you sweat alot but how else does it differ? Thanks for any help.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 1:21 PM

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Teen ---

Go away, you are seriously annoying the shit out of everyone here.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 1:23 PM

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Hm....whats wrong with Lane Bryant? If I were a plus-sized model, I would love to be featured there.

But I'm not. I'm too thin. I stick to fitness modeling.

What magazines are you in? Highlights? Barny and kids? Are you featured in the Maury collection of most disrespectful teens show? You need a good boot camp for about 5 weeks, that ought to teach you. So much anger for such a young it all, you might need it later in life.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 1:29 PM

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Hey teen....

- it's spelled "exercise"!

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 1:32 PM

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Is anyone helpful on here or do you just spend time slagging each other off? I just want to know what hot yoga involves.

Any help is appreciated.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 1:54 PM

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TEEN back

1.54 - Hot yoga involves doing certain postures in a very hot, heated room. The elevated heat in the room helps with flexibility, although as someone above mentioned, it's much easier to hyperextend yourself, since you're so warm you stretch a lot more. Most, if not all courses follow the same basic 'routine', although the classes may vary slightly. It's supposed to be fantastic for stress, although complicated and difficult. Use google to find if there's a studio near you


And to all the immature adults above, I'm no longer playing at your childish game. You may continue all you wish, but I've noticed, as I have with other "mature" people - my age or not - playing by their game will accomplish nothing other than slight amusement at the stupidity that can manifest within the human race. Enjoy.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 2:04 PM

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Teen - Thanks

Thanks for your help. Appreciate it, I will look into this further.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 2:14 PM

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Could we just ignore the child? Then maybe she'll go act like one elsewhere.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 2:58 PM

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Bikram Yoga

I've also heard Bikram is awesome, I live in NYC and the classes are about $20 per session, but the benefits are long-standing, or so I'm told.
OP, if you do try and keep at it for a while, let us know! I would love to hear another person's opinion.
Just one note of caution: don't go to a studio that won't let you bring in water, that's just crazy. I only say that because there are some that won' can't gulp water down because it might come up again, but small sips of water should be ok.
And to the runner: great news for me! I run infrequently but when I run more regularly I find that my hips get tight so maybe Bikram can help with that.
Good luck!

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 10:20 PM

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that teen is a PHONY! Can't you tell from her vocabulary?

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 10:45 PM

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She's not phony, she's just a geek. A lot of teens have vocabularies like that, but unfortunately there is nothing substantial behind the big words. It just shows she has a lot of time on her hands to read and study, and a memory for words. Nothing special.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 9:15 AM

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It's the rage, the obvious lies, and the way she's on a weight loss sight calling people lazy and fat that convince me she's under 20.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 10:00 AM

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OP Here

I find yoga generally expensive, but I am going to give it a few months and see if its worth it.

10:20, there are quite a few runners in my yoga class, I do think it helps, though as everyone here has said, you have to be careful....

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 12:16 PM

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teen returns, once more.

9.15 - So, I'm sorry, in order to qualify as a teenager, in your expert opinion, I mUsT tYp LyK dIs aNd B lYkkkk ToTAllllY dUmB?

9.15 - Yeah, I am a "geek". What's wrong with the fact that I like to read a lot (which has expanded my vocabulary) and know that 2+2 isn't '22'? Unfortuatenly for your reasoning, there is something substantial behind the big words - a big brain and usually a compassionate and helpful person to boot. But, I really can't stand when people attack each other over stupid things, so I've decided to jump in. And considering I'm a STUDENT, I DO study. Actually, less than a lot of my classmates, but I'm proud of the fact that I can work hard, and STILL have time to enjoy myself.

10.00 - I didn't call 'people' lazy and fat. I said that you have to be pretty stupid if you're going to call someone a "hippy" for not minding the smell of an EXCERSISE place - you know, where people SWEAT? There's a generalized hipocracy behind being on a "weight loss" site, which would advocate "sweaty, smelly" excersise, and then having people put down others for not minding the smell of people working hard. I pointed out this hipocracy with an overstatement, which she obviously didn't get. Let me break down the logic for you. Excersise means skinnier people. Exercise results in sweat. Sweat smells. If you don't like exersise for the smell of the sweat, you don't exersise, you are fat.

Wow, you people.

And for all of your informations, I'm 17.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 2:35 PM

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Oh go away already. You're just stubborn and annoying and unfortunately stuck in your room all day or whatever.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 2:50 PM

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Oh, that was a clever response.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 2:55 PM

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Go pick a fight with someone in the real world. Or maybe you've managed to alienate them all with your fledgling attempts to argue semantically.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 2:57 PM

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back on topic

I do a lot of hatha yoga, which is pretty challenging. I always feel like I'm getting a great workout and I end up sweating a TON despite the room being a comfortable 70 or so degrees. I can't vouch for the benefits of hot yoga in particular (having never done a class like that specifically) but it gets really hot in the classes I take (especially in the summer) and I'm not sure I would be able to hold poses as long as I can if there was more heat in the room than is already.

One word of advice-make sure you bring fluids to class if you are going to try hot yoga, you definitely will be sweating more! And if you have any blood pressure problems, I would stay clear of the class too (or take it easy the first few times till you know how your body will react) as overheating can make your blood pressure drop/rise suddenly.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 3:10 PM

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teen-your 2:35 post . . .just so you know . . .you are still spelling exercise wrong!! It's "exercise" not "exersise" or "exersize" . Put that big brain of yours to work and work on your spelling and reading comprehension.

Also-not everyone who sweats while working out stinks. Sweat only smells if someone's diet produces a lot of odor or if the sweat is allowed to stay on the body and mingle with natural bacteria for an extended period of time (several hours). I run, walk, bike, lift weights, and do yoga and I sweat profusely yet it doesn't stink unless I sit around in my workout clothes afterwards. People whose sweat smells constantly are either eating too much of one food in their diet (garlic, curry etc) or have a hormone imbalance problem. Human sweat does not have to stink!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 3:15 PM

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3.15 - I haven't commented on it yet, but my spelling is because I'm slightly dyslexic. I mix up letters, so I'd appreciate it if you stopped pointing it out. The reason I spell it so many different wrong ways is because I notice that it's wrong, try to correct it, and fail again.

And, much like a person who's accidently put on too much perfume, most people can't smell themselves, to an extent. It's been scientifically proven, and if I find a link to the research I'll link it. Which is why most people think they don't smell after excersising, but they do a little. They just don't smell it themselves.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 3:19 PM

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What's up with everyone?

Why is everyone arguing on here? Who cares whether somone posting is 17 or 107? Everyone is entitled to thier opinion and that's the whole point of forums - controversial discussions (without the name calling). The forum is supposed to be for everyone to support each other through weight loss and exercise not being bitchy and cruel.

Not to mention those of you slagging off the teen remember you're an adult and your being really out of order in the way you are speaking to teen.

How about everyone try and be a bit nicer?

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 4:07 PM

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I agree with 3:15.

Not everyone smells when working out. I know that I don't. I eat a very healthy diet, which plays a huge role in that.

Also, how do you scientifically prove that a person can't smell when they put on too muh perfume? Some of the things that you say are just rediculous. Slightly dyslexic? Are there degrees to it? How about you just learn to spell. Dyslexic people read things wrong, because their brains mix up the positioning of letters. You are not mixing up the positioning, you are just writing the wrong letters. How about next time you notice that something is spelled wrong, you press the back arrow key and correct it, not try to correct it the next time. (another rediculous excuse obviously). You must be a pathological liar too, I bet. Or manic depressive.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 4:30 PM

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Ah, wonder the teenager feels the need to feel superior. That explains so much of the unstoppable flow of unnecessary nastiness.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 4:53 PM

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why is everyone still arguing?

Everyone who is arguing with the teen - unless you are also a teen why do you keep putting them down? Just stick to the topic and rise above it. You're supposed to be adults. Give the teen a break. So getting back to hot yoga....

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 4:57 PM

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Wow. Looks like there are a bunch of losers on PT, no wonder I only visit this sight once in a while.

You all should re-read through the thread and think about whether you are contributing to a positive environment or not.

How lame.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 9:37 PM

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Yes, I have to admit I was pretty surprised by this banter. Going off topic is fine, but abusive language and derogatory comments (on all sides!)

Monday, August 20, 2007, 9:22 AM

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If the one or two posters continue to egg on the "teen" poster this is going to just continue. You have already established how your point about the "teen" now be the grown up and just ignore them. Otherwise this will just continue. It obviously the "teen" is really bothering you, and the rest of us, so just let it go because now you are starting to bug the rest of us. I mean this in the nicest way. Don't bring yourself down to their level, it's very unbecoming.

Monday, August 20, 2007, 1:15 PM

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PO Here!

I would like to expand on this thread....and talk about yoga in general. I am new at this and it would be helpful to me.

What type do you practice? What are the benefits to you?

Monday, August 20, 2007, 2:46 PM

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