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Religion And Yoga

A religious rights leader in the US recently sparked off a debate with his comments on the inappropriateness of Yoga for those of the Christian faith. Arguments have since flown fast and thick on all sides over the linking of Yoga with specific religions.

As a proponent of Yoga as the ultimate challenge for the attainment of holistic wellness, I have been extremely pained to read all things related to the matter. For one, I havent been able to fathom the reasons as to why this should even be thrown on the table.

It is true that Yoga originated in India, the same country which produced great religious systems such as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Indeed, India is one of the two regions of the world which has been the cradle of religious thought, the other being the Middle East which produced Christianity, Islam, Judaism et al.

However, Yoga at its best is a philosophical system which is thought to lead to self-realization. For as long as it has existed, there have been no religious incantations associated with the practice, nor does it propagate the worship of any one supreme figure. It is infact philosophical and not iconic in any way.

The Yogic systems prevalent today are a fragment of an entire pristine system, and are mostly only corporeal; they strive to keep the body healthy through various poses and breathing techniques. The only Hindu connotation I have found evidence of, is the sounding of the syllable Om while breathing, which is also equally construable as a shortening of Amen. Interestingly, Om and Amen have similar meanings and origins as well.

I personally know scores of people of various religious beliefs following Yoga, and who have found no conflict between their religion and the practice. Yoga, which is devoid of any religious connotations is even widely practiced by atheists who would have otherwise shunned it in the name of religious circumvention.

My personal experience tells me that one neednt even go deep into research, because a quick online search will point to the fact that Yoga is linked with environmentalism, healthy food habits, exercise, fitness and mostly good health, but definitely not with any strong religious associations. Even specifically searching for a link did not yield any results to indicate the gentlemans concerns that Yoga is a symptom of postmodern spiritual confusion.

I came across an interesting and relevant blog here which I understand to be a product of a mature and analytical mind.

I would be happy to understand just how practicing Yoga is a shameful act as the US Baptist has claimed. Looking forward to your thoughts, as usual.

Middle East Health And Fitness List Of Middle East Hospitals

Middle East is known for its ancient culture, its life style and its business prospectus. But now, theme of whole Middle East is changing with time and into different area also. Now, we have from good hospitals to advance technology based entertainment activities. Now, in Middle East number of death ratio is decreasing day by day because of good hospitals and education status.

Rashid Hospital: this is general/medical hospitals in Dubai city of UAE with 454 beds and part of Dubai Government Department of Health and Medical Services. This is established in 1973 and one of oldest hospitals and is located on the Oud Metha Road adjacent to Dubai Creek. The director of Rashid hospital is Dr Ahmed Shawqi Khoury. Its physically address is Oud Metha Road, Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates along with phone number +971 (4) 337-4000.

Wasl Hospital: this is specialized hospitals in obstetrics, pediatric, gynecology and pediatric surgery. This is known as secondary healthcare hospital in Dubai. This is established in 1986 with 399 beds and 2000 employees. Its physically address is Oud Mesa Street, Zaabil Area, P.O. Box 9115, Dubai, United Arab Emirates along with telephone number +971 4-324-1111.

Medical Healthcare Hospital: this is 60 bed private room hospital located into in Jumeriah adjacent to Safa Park, between Sheikh Zayed and Al Wasl roads. This has several specialties department of Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Dentistry, Diet & Nutrition, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General surgery, Nephrology, Neurosurgery & Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics & Neonatology, Urology, Radiology, Psychiatry and Internal medicine.

Iranian Hospital: this hospital is established in 1970 with corporation of Sheikh Rashed Bin Saeed Al Maktoun with 128 bed facilities. Its physical address along with telephone is P.O. Box: 2330, Dubai, U.A.E. (+971 4) 344 02 50 / 344 03 21 (+971 4) 344 03 22. its official website is

Al Mafraq Hospital: this is busiest hospital of Middle East with 1000 outpatient on a day. Surgical department helps to 500 operations a month. Its official website is along with telephone number +971 50 5872361.

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