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Germany: Yoga boom

Fernöstliche Sportarten ziehen immer mehr Menschen in den Bann. Der aus Indien stammende Yoga hatte lange ein esoterisches Image. Heute liegt Yoga ganz im Trend.

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Many yoga instructors focus on the integrated or holistic approach to the practice - helping to relieve stress or even back complaints with the use of positions like "Sun Salutation” and "Cobra". There are now around five million people practising Yoga in Germany alone - from the original spiritual variety to the sweat-inducing "Bikram”. And their numbers are rising.