Boyszone 12 Tuesday, 14 July 2009 London Lite The Lite guy guide to reading minds Mastermind: Britains most popular mind-reading maestro, Derren Brown A SWEATY SESSION ON THE MATS BY GAVIN STANNARD Hotyoga secretto Murrays muscles WANT to be able to read minds? Tony Stockwell of BIO channels Psychic Academy has tips for improving your sixth sense. Start with meditation: The mind is like a monkey, jumping from one thing to another, so sit in a quiet room and train yourself to focus. Ask a friend to help: Get them to give you a photo of a dead relative, hold the photo, stare deep into the persons eyes and see if you can pick up things about them. Try psychometry: Get a friend to supply you with a piece of jewellery from someone alive or dead you know nothing about. Concentrate and see what you can sense from it. Become a psychic investigator: Next time you read about a murder, work with your hunches, write down your conclusions in a sealed envelope and check how accurate you were once the case is closed. Look for signals and symbols: If youve lost a loved one, powerful dreams where they meet and greet you are a sign theyre making contact, as are phones ringing when theres no one at the other end, or butterflies in the house on significant dates. SIMON BUTTON E VER since Andy Murray flexed his guns after beating Richard Gasquet at last years Wimbledon, it was clear the boy had been working out. Living in the shadow of singlet-wearing beefcake Rafael Nadal had obviously had an effect, and Murray had decided to man up. Wimbledon this year treated us to an even more ripped version of the young Scot as he warmed-up (showed-off) earlier this month with gobsmacking press-ups, lifting his entire body off the floor with just his palms. The secret of his success, and his superior strength? Bikram yoga, boys. Yes, yoga, beloved of ladies who lunch, fans of lentils... and Daniel Craig, too, apparently. I like to think Im pretty fit, and had ambitions to wow the other beachgoers on my for thcoming holiday with my Murrayesque press-ups. So I booked in for a class (13 per session) at Bikram North London in Kentish Town and headed down there to meet Emma, my new instructor. Bikram yoga was developed by Bikram Choudhury, a former Olympic athlete, about 30 years ago. An injury turned him to yoga and this is when he developed his patented 26-posture yoga sequence. It is practised in a hot room (at least 105 degrees Fahrenheit) to loosen the muscles, improve flexibility and increase the heart rate. After five min- utes of breathing exercises to warm up, I was feeling good, and we were straight into it... Thepostures THE postures were all achievable. There was no balancing on one hand in the lotus position, just all the animals: the cobras, tortoises, camels and rabbits youll be familiar with if youve been to any sort of yoga class before. Saying that, theres room Yoga for beginners Prasarita padottanasana START standing, slowly separate legs so feet are outside the sides of the body. Inhale and stretch hands up above head then exhale, pushing the upper body forwards and downwards till you touch your toes. Rest top of head on floor. Utthita parsvakonasana FROM downward-facing dog bring right foot forward next to right hand. Drop left heel down to the floor. Bend right knee so calf and thigh are at a right angle with the thigh parallel to floor. Bring right hand inside right foot and left arm up towards ceiling opening chest and stacking left shoulder on top of right. Bring gaze up to right hand. Natarajasana STANDING upright, shift your weight on to left leg. Bend right knee and grasp the inside of right foot with right hand. Start to bring right foot and right arm up toward ceiling as you bring your torso forward. Try to keep your gaze in front of you on a fixed point as it helps to balance. Garudasana STAND with feet together and arms by sides. Draw left foot up bending knee, wrap left foot round right leg as you rest the back of your left thigh on your right thigh. Cross arms at elbow, left over right. Join palms together keeping fingers pointed upwards.