Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Repeat after me: yoga is not a religion
A few weeks ago, one of our number brought a friend along to see if he would like to join us. He happened to be there on one of the weeks when I was putting the choir through their yogic paces. He hasn't been back. I have since learnt that one of the reasons is that as an Evangelical Christian he found the incorporation of yoga unacceptable.
That seems a shame. Stifling the urge to use the words 'blinkered' and 'ill-informed bigot', I tried to explain to the person who had originally brought this stranger into our midst that yoga isn't a religion - and even it it were, all we do is a bit of stretching. I don't ask them to chant to Shiva! What kind of a faith is it that breeds such intolerance in one of its followers that it causes him to pass up the chance to sing?