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Yoga

Yoga

Date: Mar 20 2009

Themes: Health, Hobbies, Religion

Grammar: Future Progressive Tense

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Yoga was developed in India thousands of years ago. Traditionally, people used it not only to get in shape but also as a spiritual practice.

These days, some people treat yoga like any other exercise craze. They do it because they want to get fit and improve their bodies. But for others, yoga offers something more than just physical fitness. Doing yoga helps them feel more focused and relaxed. Listen to Marni try to convince Ella to give yoga a try.

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Marni

Marni

Ella

Ella

Marni:  I will be doing yoga tomorrow night at seven o’clock. Would you like to join me?

Ella:  I’m not really sure. What is yoga, what do you like about it so much?

Marni:  Oh, I love yoga. God, it just totally relaxes my mind and helps me focus better. I feel much more flexible.

Ella:  I don’t know, it just seems kind of uncomfortable, with your body contorted in so many awkward positions.

Marni:  Oh, really? It’s such a great stretch, and you just feel so relaxed. And it’s so good for your entire body. It’s really good for your back.

Ella:  What do you think of your yogi? Is that person pretty laid back, or…

Marni:  Yes. I love my yoga instructor. And we actually all refer to ourselves as yogis because when you practice yoga you are a yogi.

Ella:  Oh, interesting.

Marni:  Yeah. It’s nice to give yourself a little title. But it’s wonderful. I’ve been doing it for a few years now, and I just feel so much better about, you know, my whole body and my mind when I do it.

Ella:  Maybe I might reconsider.

Marni:  Yeah, a little practice, a little downward dog. Want to practice right now?

Ella:  Yeah, let’s do it.

Marni:  OK.

 

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Discussion

Marni invites Ella to go to a yoga class with her. Ella is skeptical, so Marni tells her all the reasons why she loves yoga.

Some people say that there’s a mind-body connection. When you do good things for your body, your mind feels better, too. And when you have lots of negative thoughts or emotions, you might experience pain or discomfort in your body. For Marni, yoga makes both her mind and her body feel better.

Have you ever done yoga? Do you do it for your mind, your body, or your spirit?

 

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moon_911

moon_911

China

i have bean practising Yoga about one year , i like it very much. in addition to these benifit, it will enhance a person's confidence

12:59 AM Mar 21 2009 |

zeinabou

zeinabou

Egypt

eh sally i would say exactly the same thing really if you pray wiht cocentratoin every part every musle of your body will benefit

07:50 PM Mar 20 2009 |

Jane4ka91

Russian Federation

If once you try yoga and you like it, then you will never give it up! I've been practising yoga for 2 years and I can say with confidence that there is no any other kind of sport, which can easily cure of scoliosis, hyperyantion and etc. Moreover it is the best way to know yourself, to 'open' yourself and even to make yourself more steady.

07:50 PM Mar 20 2009 |

abel_jiang

China

yeah…that is good, pls keep on. you know, yoga is very good choice for girls, not only you will get in shape or relax your mind, but also you can enhance your personality. am i right?

07:09 PM Mar 20 2009 |

abel_jiang

China

yeah…quite good topic. you know, yoga in China is a new thing, and the majority of participants are those white collar females. I do not have so much time to do it, and usually go to hotel gym when I am business trip and have a abt 15minutes jogging, that is all. Sometimes, maybe one or two week once, i just sit on the bed with legs crossed and keep no thinking. Maybe it is strange, but it is really really realx my mind. anyone interesting, pls kindly have a try, really it does work if you want to relax or refresh your mind.

07:05 PM Mar 20 2009 |

curry zhang

China

i have never done yoga,but it sounds good,maybe i'll try it ,now i am practicing taichi.they have some same characters.you also can try taichi. 

 

06:30 PM Mar 20 2009 |

fly_fly@live.cn

China

Yoga , i think i wil be doing it, maybe next month or next year .I want to try to it so  that will be good for  my mind or body.

06:05 PM Mar 20 2009 |

mira_ask

mira_ask

Kazakhstan

i tried yoga long ago!!! it's one of the good type of exercises!!! there a lot of types of yoga!! and it's very useful

05:06 PM Mar 20 2009 |

SÉRGIO

SÉRGIO

Brazil

Sounds nice!! I need to give it a try!! 8P

04:23 PM Mar 20 2009 |

Ayli

Ayli

Cuba

I've never tried yoga

04:07 PM Mar 20 2009 |

scg

scg

China

It's very useful

03:29 PM Mar 20 2009 |

scg

scg

China

It's very useful

03:29 PM Mar 20 2009 |

little princess

China

i do yoga everyday   ..it is really good for my health  and keep me  in peace…

i  love yoga

01:56 PM Mar 20 2009 |

sali11

sali11

Algeria

 well well great subjetct . i like do yugo it make me more relax , and you know friends that the muslime people do yuga everyday 5 time a day , yes the prayer ( to pray ) is like yuga and some position  and some movements seem like yuga so it amazing that god make as do yuga , really thanks god

01:33 PM Mar 20 2009 |

rabbit16

rabbit16

Germany

I´ve play Yoga with wii by a friend of  me.It looks like strength,but at the end Its fantastic. 

love,Julia 

01:21 PM Mar 20 2009 |

kimberry29

kimberry29

Thailand

I love yoga!!

It makes me fit&firm

01:05 PM Mar 20 2009 |

Liem

Viet Nam

Yoga? It's too hard for me to learn.I tried with wrong ways->failure.I prefer takondo.But Yoga is very good for helth.Everyboy Let's try.You will supprise….

 

01:04 PM Mar 20 2009 |

jacobo_navarro

Colombia

I've practiced Yoga several times with my Wii station and it's really hard, even the basic positions, but at the end of the sesion it feels good.

12:17 PM Mar 20 2009 |

**Alice**

**Alice**

France

I think the yoga is a very good kind of relaxation and strectches the body

 

I'll try to do it  

11:43 AM Mar 20 2009 |

passionatesailor

Christmas Island

well,i think yoga gradually catches on several years ago in china .i don't know about it ,but i do always hear people saying it aroud me . many people like it especially the female white collar , movie stars or some heiresses with much money and time in hand . for me , i consider it is a some kind of waste. i'm just earning barely enough money to keep body and soul together .and i have already found my way of working out .that is jogging in the countryside with fresh air and glow of the sun .

11:24 AM Mar 20 2009 |

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