“Yoga: A Cautionary Tale” is a poignant and very enlightening testimony about the practice of yoga by Catholic News Agency‘s Jenny Uebbing. On her popular Mama Needs Coffee blog, she documents a long journey of discovery about yoga that began with her own practice and ended with a frightening confrontation with her past.
In response to a decision by a local Catholic college to discontinue offering yoga classes on campus, the Archbishop of Kansas City says yoga is more than just exercise and Catholics should be alerted to its dangers.
At the end of giving a presentation on the nature of evil at a local parish last weekend, a woman came up to me and admitted to how she had chosen not to listen to my warnings about participation in yoga classes . . . until the day a co-worker in a yoga studio quietly used a nail clipper to cut off the gold cross she was wearing around her neck.
In the West, people tend to greet each other with a handshake and a “hello” – gestures which have no other meaning except common courtesy. But when it comes to the Indian greeting known as the Namaste bow, this is a whole different story.
Although many people in support of yoga as “exercise” like to point to all the priests and even bishops who say it’s harmless, you won’t find too many exorcists who agree.
VMG writes: “A young woman in my parish is a Dru Yoga teacher and has put up posters and leaflets in the Church advertising her classes. I spoke to the Parish Priest who said he didn’t see anything wrong with it – it is just exercise. Can you tell me if it is ok for Catholics to take part in this particular form of yoga?”