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GET THE LATEST NEWS ON ALL THINGS YOGA WITH A FRESH ONLINE MAGAZINE.

AN online yoga magazine has relaunched with a fresh design, expanded editorial and a shop dedicated to ecologically sound yoga products.

The site, www.yoga-abode.com, will also host the UK's only online community for yoga fans, allowing people all over the world to create their percredited sonal profile page, upload yoga images and make friends.

It includes latest yoga news, a well-being section and a dedicated yoga travel section, including a new monthly column from Body & Soul Escapes author Caroline Sygler-Jones.

Yoga-Abode will also host a shop stocking environmentally conscious yoga products, brought together for the first time in the UK under one virtual roof. Products include non-PVC, biodegradable yoga mats, bamboo blocks and organic cotton yoga bags.

Editor Lucia Cockcroft said: "There is a need for lively, topical articles commentary on the UK yoga market. We hope readers will enjoy our mix of features, news and blogs, presented in a fresh design.

"Our new eco-friendly products shop brings a and-picked selection of premium mats and props together, taking the leg-work out of sourcing accessories.

We hope yoga fans can have fun and make friends using our social networking area."

Yoga's growing popularity in the UK has defied some predictions that it has peaked, with new studios opening almost monthly. A survey by Yoga Journal found that the US market for yoga classes, holidays, products and clothing has almost doubled since 2004, with 16 million Americans practising regularly.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Geri Halliwell, Madonna and Sting are among the celebrities who have helped to make yoga fashionable.

Meanwhile, British tennis player Andrew Murray has percredited Bikram yoga as giving him the focus and flexibility to compete on the international sports stage.

Yoga and meditation are increasingly recognised as powerful buffers against stress. and three-quarters of UK women turn to yoga, meditation and holistic therapies to ease stress, according to a 2003 survey by Virgin Money.

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Date:May 5, 2008
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