29 Oct '14, 2am

Sikhs in NYC cultivate body and soul through running.

Amid all the color and spectacle of New York City and its marathon are the sikhs–a religious group whose adherents are identifiable by their beards and turbans (men) and steel wristbands (worn by both men and women). An estimated 35 sikhs–male and female–are expected to make the 26.2-mile trek to Central Park from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on November 2. Running and Sikhism, it seems, are a natural fit. At the heart of the religion, which stems from the Punjab region of northern India and Pakistan, is the idea of sant-sipahi ("warrior-saint"), a person who strikes a balance in life in which the soul is cultivated and the body is kept strong. "Sports and fitness are a centerpiece of our tradition," says Simran Jeet Singh, 30, a doctoral student in Columbia University's department of religion, who will be running his third NYC Marathon . "Sikhism also puts great emphasis ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/sikhs-cultiva...

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