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    Yoga may flourish tourism, says expert

    Anatolian Agency
    07.07.2009 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    ANTALYA - As Turkish tourism seeks alternatives to the all-inclusive system, "yoga tourism" has surfaced as a potential quality alternative.

    "The newest holiday trend is to ’purify’ with yoga," Prof. Akif Manaf, founder of the Yoga Academy, told the Anatolia news agency Monday. He said many people go to the mountains and nature and practice yoga to get rid of the negative impacts of city life.

    The Yoga Academy holds periodic "yoga camps" in different parts of the country to give people a chance to meet nature through yoga.

    "At the camps, when performing yoga under the clear sky with birds singing, one forgets every bit of a problem he faces in modern life," Manaf said. Holidays should not be all about eating, drinking and lying under the sun, said Manaf, adding that the only way people can relieve their stress is through a "yoga holiday."

    Spa and good food

    "If you combine your yoga holiday with spa therapy and good food, this experience will not only relax you, but also help you feel reborn."

    Manaf said the academy organizes year-round camps lasting from two days to a whole week. Camps have been held so far in Antalya, Fethiye, Kemer, Bodrum and Ida Mountains.

    Yoga refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines originating in India. The word is associated with meditative practices in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. In Hinduism, it also refers to one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. In Jainism it refers to the sum total of all activities Ñ mental, verbal and physical.

    ’Union’

    The Sanskrit word "yoga" has many meanings and is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning "to control," "to yoke," or "to unite." Translations include "joining," "uniting," "union," "conjunction," and "means."

    Outside India, the term yoga is typically associated with Hatha Yoga and its asanas, or postures, or as a form of exercise. Someone who practices yoga or follows the yoga philosophy is called a yogi.
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