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[quote]Originally posted by bradbower:
And yoga... I have a few really cool friends who recommend, but I'm just not sure of it. It sounds.. well, to put it bluntly, like a yuppie/gay/pussy activity. Nothing against gays or anything, but that's the rep</strong><hr></blockquote>

Yes, that kind of is the rep, since it has become very popular. But it is a very serious workout. And it tones your body faster than almost anything else. And all sorts of people go to the classes. The class at my gym is held in the workout room that is glass on two sides. At least once a week some body-builder type will try a lcass, clearly thinking that it's a wussy workout. They last about 20 minutes, usually.

Here is a yoga based workout that a friend of mine does at home. You 25 of each. (Or you try to, you'll have to work up to it)

The Five Rites of Rejuvenation

Rite One:
Stand erect with arms outstretched, horizontal with the shoulders. Now spin around until you become slightly dizzy. There is only one caution: you must turn from left to right. (Clockwise)

Rite Two: Lay flat on your back on the floor or on the bed. Then place the hands flat down alongside the hips. Fingers should be kept close together with the fingertips of each hand turned slightly toward one another. The feet are then raised until the legs are straight up. If possible let the feet extend back a bit over the body, toward the head; but do not let the knees bend. Then, slowly lower the feet to the floor and for a moment allow all muscles to relax. Then perform this Rite all over again. "

Rite Three: All one needs to do is to kneel on his 'prayer rug,' place his hands on his thighs, and lean forward as far as possible with the head inclined so that the chin rests on the chest. Now lean backward as far as possible; at the same time the head should be lifted and thrown back as far as it will go. Then bring the head up along with the body. Lean forward again and start the rite all over.

Rite Four: Sit on the 'prayer rug' with the feet stretched out in front. Then place the hands alongside the body. Now raise the body and bend the knees so that the legs, from the knees down, are practically straight up and down. The arms, too, will be straight up and down while the body, from the shoulders to the knees, will be horizontal. Before pushing the body to a horizontal position, the chin should be well down on the chest. Then, as the body is raised, the head should be allowed to drop gently backward as far as it will go. Next, return to a sitting position and relax for a moment before repeating the procedure. When the body is pressed up to the complete horizontal position, tense every muscle in the body.

Rite Five: Place the hands on the floor about two feet apart. Then, with the legs stretched out to the rear with the feet also about two feet apart, push the body, and especially the hips, up as far as possible, rising on the toes and hands. At the same time the head should be brought so far down that the chin comes up against the chest. "Next, allow the body to come slowly down to a 'sagging' position. Bring the head up, causing it to be drawn as far back as possible. "After a few weeks, that is after you become quite proficient in this movement, let the body drop from its highest position to a point almost but not quite touching the floor. The muscles should be tensed for a moment when the body is at the highest point, and again at the lowest point. Before the end of the first week this particular Rite will be one of the easiest ones to perform for the average person.
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