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Well Balanced

Kathryn Quinn

Like anything worth doing well, you've just got to stick with it.

That's why this bizarre new craze has taken off in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, western China, as a new form of meditation.

Followers have to perch a stick on their head and not let it fall - often for hours at a time - to achieve perfect balance of mind and body.

And the craze is particularly popular at the moment because proponents say it also helps them keep a cool head in the hot weather.

"It sounds odd but it really does relax you. If you have one real task to concentrate on, all your worries and stresses seem to melt away, and you don't notice the heat at all," explained one fan.

"We follow the same principles as zen meditation to keep the body and the mind in harmony," explained a tutor.

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