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.
FG writes: “Is Conscious Conversation New Age? Why?”
SMJB writes: “Have you ever heard of Baptiste yoga? Does this type of yoga involve any kind of ‘baptism’ ceremony?”
Parents of students in a California school district who objected to the teaching of yoga in school are appealing a ruling by a judge who declared yoga to be “religious”, but allowed it to be taught anyway, effectively making it into a state religion.
Pictures of thousands of Indian teachers and students performing yoga were all over the Internet last week. They staged the performance not to show off their physical fitness or the perfection of their poses. The aim of the performance was to pray for peace!
This is Part II of a two-part series documenting the experience of Priscilla de George, a devout Catholic woman who thought she would be safe if she prayed to Jesus and Mary while attending yoga classes, and whose life began falling apart shortly after she started the practice.
The “yoga wars” are hotter than ever, with both sides staking out their positions and hammering their tent pegs ever deeper into the ground, but for everyday people like 54 year-old Priscilla de George (not her real name), this isn’t a matter of taking sides – it’s a matter of life and death.