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Think of yoga societies and you probably think of women. Think of video games, and it's more likely to be male-dominated. But does it have to be like this?

Back pain: 'I was only in my early thirties – but I felt like an old lady'

Backache made life miserable for Kate Burt, and no amount of yoga or massage eased the pain. Could she harness the power of suggestion to find a cure?

Giggs prefers yoga to nights out

Ryan Giggs has admitted his life is so boring he enjoys yoga sessions more than a night out with the lads.

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Yogi wins Best in Show at Crufts

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Salinger's women: From pen-pal to (young) lover

In his love-life as well as his literature, J.D. Salinger was attracted to younger souls, and over the years cultivated a harem of teenage female pen-pals who were occasionally elevated to the standing of girlfriends, or even wives.

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Musician cured after brain tumour that could have killed him is diagnosed

Katy Holland: The annual detox isn't just for adults

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The Shakti Mat: At the sharp end

Its fans claim that it can relieve back pain, allergies, insomnia and depression. But as Simon Usborne finds, this new take on the 'bed of nails' is just as painful as you'd expect

Dom Joly: Gardening and yoga – the grave is surely looming

Why is it that when you get older you have to start doing all the stupid things that you used to laugh at when you were younger? I've lost count of the things that I swore I'd never do that now form part of my daily routine. I now make weird disapproving noises to myself whenever I spot a chavvy-looking youth wandering past me on the pavement. When said youth turns back towards me and sticks a horrid little knife up to my face I find myself meekly handing over whatever gadget I've just bought. Buzzing from the adrenalin of this experience I drive home at over 30 miles an hour and decide to do some gardening to clear my head.

Scottish isle is guru's choice for global healing

Controversial television yoga teacher plans to transform remote island

On The Road: Alternative living at its best in Australia

Prompted by a sign on the way to the beach, I decide to treat myself to a yoga lesson. There's nothing that strange about my yoga teacher having a partner who reads tarot cards – it's that kind of place. What is strange, though, is the fact that I'm sitting in front of said tarot reader 30 minutes after my first yoga lesson, despite my usual scorn for such things

Yoga Inc. The phenomenal popularity of yoga

The road to spiritual and physical enlightenment can be a lucrative one for the many companies involved in the phenomenal growth of yoga classes, DVDs, books, equipment, clothing. Susie Mesure reports

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