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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?

Tea of tranquillity

Forget milk and two sugars, Triyoga offers refreshment for mind and body - very Deepak Chopra, darling

If It's Thursday Then It Must Be Formality Followed By Yoga

A YEAR ago Liz Legg, 26, was a pub licensee earning a a modest salary. Today she is a web-page designer, working with Internet technology and constantly adapting to the demands of her client companies.

The Independent Archive 29 September 1987 : India's `godmen' charged with hanky-panky

`How long can dark clouds hide the sun?' India's rich gurus are in trouble, writes Bruce Palling from New Delhi. The taxmen are after them

Listen lads: yoga makes you good in bed

Women have known about yoga for years. Now the men are muscling in.

Is gym going to fix it?

If you're the sort who falls asleep in aerobics, read on. LUCIE BRYERS reviews the latest classes - guaranteed to keep you interested

Health: Things to make you go `Om'

Madonna does it. Tina Turner swears by it. So get yourself a mantra: chanting is the way to relieve stress. By Louise Manson

Our flexible friend

Kisen, the man credited with Geri's new slimline figure, believes most `supermarket' yoga disciplines are a con. LOUISE FRANCE takes lessons from the master

The Critics: Dance: The little bloke of calm

White Oak Dance Project Sadler's Wells, London Tripsichore Yoga Theatre Riverside Studios, London

Why gym won't fix it

ANNALISA BARBIERI stopped her rigorous exercise regime, and guess what? She feels fantastic

Books: Lost in translation

Liz Jensen appreciates the hard graft of imported blooms as they bed down for a new life in alien soil

The evidence: The massage therapist's work station

Carrie Tuke is a therapeutic and shiatsu masseuse and teaches yoga at London's Kailash Centre of Oriental Medicine

X-Treme: Three Places To Try Yoga

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X-treme: A flexible friend

I've tried barefoot waterskiing, mountain bikes, rock climbing, karate and wakeboarding. I've scuba dived, flown a plane and even thrown myself off various contraptions - all in pursuit of the perfect adrenalin rush.

Russian spies on the hippy trail

THERE ARE tales of love affairs and drinking bouts, of shooting pens and booby-trapped cars, of treachery and honest patriotism. Undercover Lives: Soviet Spies in the Cities of the World, edited by Helen Womack of The Independent, offers insights into the daily lives of agents whose exploits sound like a low-rent mix of James Bond and Boris Badenov, the nudnik Russian spy in the American cartoon series Rocky and his Friends.
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