A Los Angeles jury has ordered Bikram Choudhury, founder of Bikram (hot) yoga, to pay $6.4 in damages to his former attorney who accused him of sexually harassing her and eventually firing her when she began to investigate numerous other sexual assault cases brought against the once popular guru.
A Canadian university citing the controversy over yoga and “cultural issues” has decided to cancel a free yoga class.
GS asks: “I was wondering if you could tell me the difference between joga and yoga. Is joga safe or just a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”? It is being introduced into my child’s catholic school health program. I have warning bells going off in my head- should I be concerned?”
A group of concerned parents who were involved in the attempt to rid the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) in California of its mandatory yoga program may not have scored a huge legal win, but their website amounts to a stunning victory in exposing the dark underbelly of yoga in America.
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.