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?
Posted by Julia Thorley at 11:25
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Sounds like a right tree-hugger. You're better off without durr-brains like that.ReplyDelete
I'm not sure what it is... I stayed away from yoga & meditation for years for a similar reason, until my evangelical Christian counselor told me I HAD to start incorporating those things to manage my anxiety and depression issues. Now that I'm on the 'other side', I see how silly it is. Lots of legalism and fear, I think. Less a God thing, more a religion thing.ReplyDelete
Julie @ Julie 2 Jules
I can't say I'm surprised by this, Julia, although it's sad to hear. Many years ago, I went to yoga in my village and when my then pastor found out, we had a very interesting discussion/argument! The exercises sound perfect for a warm up to singing.ReplyDelete
Thanks for commenting, Tim, Julie and Rosemary. I just wish folk would get their facts right before they start spouting off.ReplyDelete
That does seem a shame, Julia. It would never occur to me that yoga was some kind of religion.ReplyDelete
By the way - congratulations on your limerick in FMN this month!
Thank you, Sally. I haven't seen this month's FMN yet.Delete