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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?

West meets East as followers say goodbye to Maharishi Yogi

As dawn broke over the Ganges, India's holiest river, priests made offerings, locals brushed their teeth and men lathered themselves with soap – while Westerners snapped photographs.

Joan Bakewell: Meditation is more than flower-power indulgence

So farewell then, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, you taught The Beatles about meditation, then used their fame to boost your business. They came home and you went on to extend your international movement with a university in Iowa and headquarters in, most recently, Amsterdam. Now you are dead, some commentators seem eager to dismiss your teachings, along with all that 1960s flower-power indulgence, as a phase of naïve childishness that seized the youth of the time and sent it in the wrong direction.

Mystic who inspired the Beatles: the town that lost its guru

The death of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, champion of transcendental meditation, has robbed the world of one of its most appealing figures. But in one small town in Lancashire they are feeling his loss particularly keenly. Mark Hughes reports

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: Spiritual leader who introduced millions, including the Beatles, to transcendental meditation

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was best known as the Beatles' spiritual adviser. During 1967 and 1968, his influence over the Beatles, as well as other western musicians, was at its peak and although their time with him was short, it had a marked impact on their lives and their music: we would not, for example, have the "White Album" without it.

Maharishi Yogi, guru to the Beatles, dies aged 91

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a one-time guru to the Beatles credited with bringing "transcendental meditation" to the West, has died. He was thought to be 91.

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Ramsay proves a kitchen nightmare for New Yorkers

* Three weeks ago, Gordon Ramsay finally brought his brand of Michelin-starred, potty-mouthed cookery to New York. And his new £3.8m restaurant - cunningly titled Gordon Ramsay at The London - has teething problems.

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Confessions of a yoga lout

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But Gwynnie and thousands live for them...

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The retreat for body and mind

BBC political correspondent Carole Walker flees the corridors of Westminster for an indulgent yoga break in the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains of Andalucia

The guru to the stars who is tying the yoga world in knots

Copy these moves and I'll sue, says top yogi. By Andrew Buncombe
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