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Monday April 9, 2012 Religion News Roundup • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Our hand-selected collection of religion news items for today includes snake handling churches, the ‘Jesus is not a homophobe’ T-shirt, Tim Tebow, and an orthodox Jewish reality show.
Plus: psychics accused of criminal fraud claim ‘religious freedom’ as a defense. More…
Tuesday December 13, 2011 Bikram Choudhury • RNB's Religion News Blog • Yoga:
The U.S. Copyright Office previously permitted yoga poses and their sequences to be registered, even if those exercises were in the public domain, Laura Lee Fischer, acting chief of the office’s Performing Arts Division, said in response to an inquiry by an attorney involved in lawsuits the founder of Bikram Yoga filed against three yoga studios.
Friday December 2, 2011 Bikram Choudhury • RNB's Religion News Blog • Yoga:
Bikram Choudhury, the millionaire founder of Bikram Yoga, believes his kind of yoga belongs to him — he has even copyrighted it.
Now, he has sued Yoga to the People for copyright infringement, seeking monetary damages and asking a federal judge to block Yoga to the People from offering its hot yoga class.
Monday November 29, 2010 Hinduism • Yoga:
A group of Indian-Americans has ignited a surprisingly fierce debate in the gentle world of Yoga
by mounting a campaign to acquaint Westerners with the faith that it says underlies every single yoga style followed in gyms, ashrams and spas: Hinduism
Friday July 23, 2010 Yoga:
John Friend talked about the freedom of Anusara; it’s nothing like the more rigid schools that demand students repeat the same poses in the same way at every single class, nor is it the kind of practice in which teachers withhold praise, lest students become too egocentric. “Anusara is positive,” Friend said, resting his head on the back of his chair and absently caressing one of many highly polished orbs on an adjacent table. “It’s accessible. Easily applicable. And yet it has depth and sophistication.”
Consider those religions that focus on sin and damnation, on discipline instead of joy. “Fundamentally they say no,” he told me. “While Anusara is a yes.”
Thursday November 5, 2009 Hinduism • Yoga:
Yoga practitioners are criticizing a Missouri sales tax that applies to yoga
classes, claiming they should be exempt because the lessons include spiritual elements.
Some practitioners think such a tax is unconstitutional. They argue that yoga, with roots in ancient Indian meditation, is as much a spiritual practice as an exercise routine and should be exempt from taxation.
Tuesday September 8, 2009 Ramdev:
Bikram Choudhury • Yoga:
One of India’s most controversial television lifestyle gurus, Swami “Baba” Ramdev, who claims homosexuality can be “cured” by yoga, plans to transform a remote Scottish Island, Little Cumbrae, into a yoga and traditional teaching centre.
His claims that yoga can treat cancer and HIV have been blasted as “quackery of the highest order” and he has been slammed for giving “false hope to ill people”.
Bikram Choudhury’s sweaty techniques are a hit with yoga studios. Now he wants his cut, writes Forbes.
Yoga is big business, racking up $5.7 billion in sales last year, and Choudhury has built a cultlike following.
Recent training costs: $10,500 per session, including $3,000 for room and board in Palm Desert, Calif. At two sessions a year, each of which draw about 325 trainees, that’s $4.9 million in annual revenue. To that add 15 speaking engagements, generating about $20,000 each in ticket sales, plus another few bucks from books and dvds. “I’m a yogi, not a businessman,” Choudhury demurs.
Now he wants another revenue stream: franchising fees paid by studios that use his name.
Friday July 17, 2009 RNB Roundup:
Today’s RNB Religion News Roundup includes pagan police officers, and offensive garden gnome, and the Virgin Mary as an exorcist.
Then there are ‘White Sikhs,’ Freemasons, and a Muslim wannabe suicide bomber.
Also: a look a expensive yoga retreats, and a study that shows the downsides of positive thinking.
Plus lots of other religion and ethics-related stuff…
Friday January 23, 2009 Islam:
Officially secular, Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population, accounting for roughly 85 percent of the country’s 226 million people. Most follow a moderate form of Islam
, although there is vocal radical fringe.
About 700 people, including Muslim clerics and theological experts, are due in West Sumatra for the National Edict Commission meeting, which has the power to issue fatwas.
Monday December 22, 2008 Occultism • Quackery • Superstition:
So far, 130 healers, including Fadkin, have passed the service’s voluntary testing program, which promoters in the government say can determine whether someone has the inherent ability to cure. The program is limited to Moscow, but a Russian lawmaker is pushing to extend it nationwide and make it mandatory.
Skeptics scoff at the notion that such testing is meaningful and criticize the government for lending credibility to people who claim paranormal powers.
Saturday November 22, 2008 Islam • Yoga:
A top Islamic council in mostly Muslim Malaysia has told Muslims to avoid yoga because it uses Hindu prayers and encourages a union with God that is blasphemous.
The latest edict from the National Fatwa Council reflects a growing swing towards a conservative brand of Islam in the multi-ethnic country that has prompted worries among non-Muslims.
Thursday August 30, 2007 Yoga:
A popular online video starring a lech named Ogden has the yoga community chuckling in recognition and talking about the problem of men who come to studios in search of phone numbers rather than enlightenment.
Friday March 3, 2006 Ramdev • Yoga:
Medicos faced with patients all praise for yoga and questioning allopathic cure after baba's camp
Saturday February 4, 2006 Yoga:
This may not be music to Swami Ramdev’s ears. But top physicians of the country believe yoga
cannot be a substitute to medical or surgical interventions.
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