Ramdev to host major London yoga camp

Monday 16 July, 2007

Swami RamdevControversial yoga leader and guru Swami Ramdev is hosting a six-day camp in London later this month, in what is billed as one of the UK's biggest yoga events.

 

Ramdev has carved a loyal following in his native India, where millions watch his twice-daily TV shows showing pranayama (breath) exercises and healthy living tips.

Ravmdev claims his pranayama breathing exercises reduce stress and release feel-good hormones.

His approach may come as a surprise to many yoga fans in the West, where the emphasis is mostly on physical postures (asanas).

But the Indian guru, who was born in 1965 in the state of Haryana, is no stranger to controversy.

Press reports last year stated Ramdev made claims that yoga could cure AIDS and cancer - allegations he claimed were misleading.

Earlier in 2006, Ramdev was accused of using human and animal bones in his medicine. These allegations were later discredited.

The Alexandra Palace yoga camp runs from July 27 to August 1. Passes start at £51 and rise to £251 for a chance to meet Ramdev.

Ramdev is also hosting camps in Glasgow and Coventry.

 

Alexandra Palace

Swami Ramdev's website

 

Picture source: Swami Ramdev's website

 

By Lucia Cockcroft 

 

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