With the decades-old fitness era giving way to a new interest in overall health of mind and body, the once ” exercise-only” focus of Western yoga is giving way to a deeper interest in the spiritual aspects of the practice.
KK writes: “As a counter to yoga, why not publicize/popularize/promote our own prayer posture . . . to promote our rich heritage to satisfy the contemporary hunger for an all inclusive, whole being relationship with Our Majesty?”
The 67 year-old founder of the popular “hot yoga” craze was just hit with a third lawsuit from his former legal counsel who is accusing him of racism, misogyny, sexual harassment, homophobia and threats of violence.
Lawyers trying to stop a California school district from teaching Ashtanga yoga in schools are vowing to fight on after a judge decided the practice does not promote religion.
An encyclical was issued on June 4, 2013 by Metropolitan Markos of Chios on Christians who practice Yoga and whether or not it is merely a physical exercise. In this encyclical he explains that the Hindu religious practice of yoga was established for the sole purpose of entering into a spiritual state, and never had anything to do with exercise until a few decades ago when Hindu yogis explained it this way when they were trying to win converts in the West.
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 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?”