Many Catholics who insist that they’re “just doing the exercises” in their yoga class and therefore aren’t guilty of worshiping the Hindu gods those “exercises” represent often stop here when searching their conscience for any evidence of sin. Unfortunately, intending to worship Hindu gods isn’t the only way a Catholic who practices yoga can sin.
A new study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that the vast majority of yoga students and teachers take up yoga primarily for exercise and stress relief, but change their reasons later with most saying the spirituality was what kept them engaged in the practice.
The recently retired Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, sent a letter to our ministry in which he advised Catholics to steer clear of yoga because of its basis in Hinduism and to take up other methods of exercise that don’t place the faith in unnecessary danger.
The troubled empire of Bikram yoga, aka “hot yoga”, suffered another blow last week when a new study found that practicing yoga in extreme heat can raise a person’s body temperature and heart rate to dangerous levels.
Parents who were challenging a lower court ruling that allowed yoga to be taught in their children’s public school lost their appeal earlier this month when a California court ruled that the school district of Encinitas could incorporate yoga into physical education classes.
Pro-yoga folks around the world have taken a page out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and are now resorting to labels and slurs to marginalize yoga opponents and shut down debate.
A California parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is hosting a rendition of the Stations of the Cross which is led by a yoga instructor and features original paintings of the stations with Jesus in yoga-poses.
The vast empire of disgraced hot-yoga inventor Bikram Choudhury is showing signs of fracturing as he faces six civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault of women, and a well-known Hindu activist is calling for Pope Francis to discipline an Irish priest for linking yoga to Satan.
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SMJB writes: “Have you ever heard of Baptiste yoga? Does this type of yoga involve any kind of ‘baptism’ ceremony?”