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Date: Mar 20 2009

Themes: Health, Hobbies, Religion

Grammar: Future Progressive Tense


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Yoga was developed in India thousands of years ago. Traditionally, people used it not only to get in shape but also as a spiritual practice.

These days, some people treat yoga like any other exercise craze. They do it because they want to get fit and improve their bodies. But for others, yoga offers something more than just physical fitness. Doing yoga helps them feel more focused and relaxed. Listen to Marni try to convince Ella to give yoga a try.


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Marni:  I will be doing yoga tomorrow night at seven o’clock. Would you like to join me?

Ella:  I’m not really sure. What is yoga, what do you like about it so much?

Marni:  Oh, I love yoga. God, it just totally relaxes my mind and helps me focus better. I feel much more flexible.

Ella:  I don’t know, it just seems kind of uncomfortable, with your body contorted in so many awkward positions.

Marni:  Oh, really? It’s such a great stretch, and you just feel so relaxed. And it’s so good for your entire body. It’s really good for your back.

Ella:  What do you think of your yogi? Is that person pretty laid back, or…

Marni:  Yes. I love my yoga instructor. And we actually all refer to ourselves as yogis because when you practice yoga you are a yogi.

Ella:  Oh, interesting.

Marni:  Yeah. It’s nice to give yourself a little title. But it’s wonderful. I’ve been doing it for a few years now, and I just feel so much better about, you know, my whole body and my mind when I do it.

Ella:  Maybe I might reconsider.

Marni:  Yeah, a little practice, a little downward dog. Want to practice right now?

Ella:  Yeah, let’s do it.

Marni:  OK.


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Marni invites Ella to go to a yoga class with her. Ella is skeptical, so Marni tells her all the reasons why she loves yoga.

Some people say that there’s a mind-body connection. When you do good things for your body, your mind feels better, too. And when you have lots of negative thoughts or emotions, you might experience pain or discomfort in your body. For Marni, yoga makes both her mind and her body feel better.

Have you ever done yoga? Do you do it for your mind, your body, or your spirit?



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I never ever do it,but I i have curiosity…I practice kung fu for 6 years and the proposal is similar,so the work is done from the inside out,it is great :)

11:47 AM Mar 26 2009 |

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my roommate do it almost everyday,hehe

12:48 AM Mar 26 2009 |



I hope you have a  good  body !

03:13 PM Mar 25 2009 |


Viet Nam

I love to learn Yoga, but Yoga is not popular in our country, so It’s rather hard to find a center where is training such an useful exercise that if I master it I can obtain a good shape, and much relaxed during a tough working week. Currently, I still go swimming every early morning. In the near future, I will try Yoga for sure…

04:53 AM Mar 25 2009 |




i do it in small group ,with our teacher at her home , in so relaxing atmosphere , so homy and warm place, we do some yogi and some  feldenkrais exercises , with so nice background music.

i recommend it for all you , guys.

07:41 PM Mar 24 2009 |




i will be doing yoga tomorrow night ,  it's sich amazing feeling ,i'm  relax for all day , but i'm lazy to , i don't do it every day and it's shame for me.

07:25 PM Mar 24 2009 |

little cherry


Yoga is great! :)

05:23 PM Mar 24 2009 |


Viet Nam

some people asked me to go to a yoga course with them, i really like to do things like that, u know, thigs that makes our bodies and minds relaxed, but i couldn't find any time to do that. what a pity!!! Cry

03:58 AM Mar 24 2009 |




I don't do Yoga but It is sound kind a interesting. I do Body Combat instead and Gosh! It is tiering.. you have to move your body very fast ya know? punches and kicks… 

09:59 PM Mar 23 2009 |




Hi guys, I started to do yoga a few weeks ago and now I can't stop, I like it so much!!!

02:51 PM Mar 23 2009 |



I start to like Yoga. I will be palying yoga in the future because i like to get in shape and to be relaxe and focus.

08:54 AM Mar 23 2009 |



Marni always sounds trendy, you know, the kinda person that does what TV and magazines say what you should do to feel better. By the way, caffeine makes me focus.

08:08 AM Mar 23 2009 |



I like it!But I can't do it.

01:14 AM Mar 23 2009 |



I have already done yoga , few years ago, It was very good,  I coud improve my healf , my mind and my body, Unfortunately i´m no longer practcing it.

I also would like to meet people around the world to exchange experience, ideas, and culture! please add me. baronisp @ hot mail . com

10:57 PM Mar 22 2009 |




iwana really practice this sport but here inMorocco or inmy city there is no club so just at home trying to do it or to do the easy acts…it s interesting …two things on one  focus n get a nice body….

09:23 PM Mar 22 2009 |




I've never done any yoga but I'm thinking of start doing exercise because It's a good way to improve your flexibility and motivation in your the best sport

08:17 PM Mar 22 2009 |



I never did yoga, but i really like working out, running, surfing and playing soccer. I think doing exercise it´s a good way to improve your health, body and your mind, it´s a good time to focus in what you are doing, forgetting your work problems and it´s a chance to put in order your life, knowing much better who you really are.

08:03 PM Mar 22 2009 |




I've never done any yoga. I think I'm way too impatient for such a meditative and relaxed activity. Some of my friends do practice yoga and they love it. They say it makes wonders when it comes to improve your flexibility and your ability to focus your mind. I'm a very laid back kind of guy but I'm not that much into meditation, working out or sports, for that matter. Maybe I'll reconsider and give yoga a try sometime in the future.

05:36 PM Mar 22 2009 |



it seem like so funny,i think i will practise yoga,i don't know it suit me,actually,i was interested in yoga.

i'm chinese .i want to meet more friend form the world.      it's my MSN

02:00 PM Mar 22 2009 |




Well, I love yoga much and I used to try to do some positions before. That is to stand up using your hands instead of your feet. You can lean on the tree or the wall when you do this.

But now I don't do it any more, as it is not so popular in boys. Some of my girl classmates are just learning to do Yoga, for a good figure. And I think they must get more from doing this than just keeping in shape.

I believe that a healthy mind will bring a good body, meanwhile, a healthy body bringing a good mind. Maybe I will try yoga again, learning by myself under the help of the internet.

01:58 PM Mar 22 2009 |

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