LL writes: “What are your views on Paramhansa Yogananda’s ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’, which is something about self realization?”
A lawsuit was filed this month in Los Angeles Superior Court accusing Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram yoga, of sexually harassing and discriminating against one a female student.
LG asks: “Our church sponsors Yoga classes for women ages 14 and up. I have pointed out to our priest and DRE that yoga is more than stretching and exercise but also leads into certain meditations and sometimes ‘prayer’ and asked them to reconsider the decision to do this. It has been offered for about a year and they are now recommending the book Prayer of the Heart and Body by Thomas Ryan. Do you know anything about this book? Does it refer to prayer, spirituality or any other type of meditation that would be similar?”
The answer is yes, and it’s called DOGA (I’m not making this up).
MD writes: “I am looking for an alternative to yoga, which I practiced pretty regularly before coming back to my Catholic faith and trying to live my faith more fully. I found something called Lastics® and was wondering if this was safe.”
A legal battle is brewing in California where an attorney representing parents of students in the Encinitas Union School District are calling upon the school to stop teaching yoga or face legal action.
MB asks: “While it’s true that most yoga positions are designed to be positions of worship to Hindu gods, I find it hard to believe that there’s any danger in practicing them when it’s just being done as an exercise.”
The controversy over whether or not yoga is “just exercise” came back into the limelight in the UK last week when the diocese of Portsmouth issued a statement calling it a “non-Christian activity” that should not be allowed on Catholic premises.
TA writes: “ There are few Catholic Church promote Holy Yoga teaching in their workshop/seminar/teaching. From what I know, Holy Yoga is a part of New Age. Please help us understand more about Holy Yoga.”
John Friend, the latest rising star in the multi-billion dollar yoga industry fell from grace recently after he was accused of sexual impropriety with female students.