KP writes: “I do not practice yoga or Pilates but have become aware of a new class at my gym that interests me. Can you please let me know if PIYO is OK for Catholics? I have watched videos of it online and it is not like yoga at all.”
MR writes: “I am careful to avoid yoga but these balance classes have been incorporated recently into our CURVES circuit. Originally, the gym manager said they were yoga. When I said I objected to yoga, she quickly changed her tune and called them “balance” classes. They seem to incorporate “tree poses” and other yoga like positions. I am wondering if you have heard about this, have some thoughts about this. All positions are standing but I am not comfortable if it is truly yoga. Any thoughts?”
FG writes: “Is Conscious Conversation New Age? Why?”
CB writes: “Could you please help me to explain . . . why the practice of NIA is contrary to Orthodox Catholic teaching? I know in my heart it is wrong but struggle to find the words to convey why this practice is based in the occult ,dangerous & to be discarded. It was advertised in the parish bulletin & likely to lead others astray.”
MGF writes: “Do you have any information about two workouts named Gyrotonics and Essentrics i.e if they are new age or not?”
We have received numerous inquiries from readers who wonder why our blogs on New Age and alternative health practices seem to put so much emphasis on science. Shouldn’t they based on Catholic teaching?
M asks: “I really need some guidance. I recently purchased an exercise DVD series called T25. I think there might be some yoga postures included in the workouts especially the stretches. I am really not familiar with yoga, as I have never practiced it. I was wondering two things. First are you familiar with this DVD and if so, is it safe to do? Also, if it does contain some yoga, can I still do the workout but skip the yoga poses or alter them in some way?”
SR writes: “The new fad seems to be that everyone seems to be on some kind of diet. (I.e. Paleo diet or Gluten free, Atkins, etc. I understand if someone is diagnosed with Celiac Disease or Gluten intolerances, it makes sense and would be prudent to eliminate gluten, but it seems that more and more people are on diets because they are desperate to lose weight. In some cases I feel some people turn these diets into a “religion”. Are they any diets we should avoid (that are New Age?)