When you pray to the sun each morning, the reason that is not like a Christian
praying to God is because the sun is actually real!Of course yoga is
not religious. It is grounded too much in reality to be religious.
"A California judge has ruled that it's a real stretch to suggest yoga
is always religious."By the same token, it is a real stretch to
suggest that Religion is always religious.
I have practiced and taught yoga for over 30 years and never involved religion.
I will admit when saluting the sun as it arises in the sky fills me with deep
peace. As a science teacher in public schools I often use some yoga moves with
students to relax and calm them down. They always want to do a set before a
test. Yoga has many benefits and in my opinion should be made available to all
I find yoga to be innocuous, even healthy. And it's delicious on waffles.
Couple of points to make – First, to the Christians who were
offended by the yoga class, you really need to read your own book and pay
special attention to the many part were Jesus chastises the hypocrites (Jesus
saved his most damning scorn for religious hypocrites).Second, there
are different types of yoga. What we mostly have in this country is the type
that focuses purely on physical health, which sounds like what this class was.
That type of yoga is about as religious as a Bowflex machine.Now if
the kids were spending a half hour sitting in the lotus position chanting
“om” then the plaintiffs may have point.
Christians have been complaining for decades about religion being excluded from
schools and demanding that it be let back in. The thinking error on their part
was making the assumption that if religious practices were allowed in as part of
the curriculum, it would be their own religion and not that of someone else.
I'm personally opposed to letting schools sponsor or promulgate any sort of
religious practices. However, if someone is going to campaign to get religion
back into public schools, he has to accept that the religion that shows up in
the classroom may not be the same one he practices on Sundays.
Just like Americans to secularize a several millenniums old oriental spiritual
practice. Spiritual is not necessarily religious. The physical postures is only
one of three important components of Yoga. The other two are proper breathing
and meditation. Doing just the postures will provide some health benefits, but,
no more so than riding a bike or jogging. What makes Yoga a powerful spiritual
practice is when you combine the postures with proper breathing techniques and
meditation.Christians condemn Yoga because they think it is a
heathen practice falling outside the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What they do not
wish to acknowledge are the many ancient records found throughout Asia, and as
far as western China, that describe visits by Jesus where he was taught the Yoga
Sutras. After all, what do you think Jesus was doing during those 30 or so years
the scriptures fall silent on? Building chairs in his fathers wood shop?
32843, maybe so, it was very normal then and even as recently as 100 years ago,
for a son to follow in his fathers profession, and all of the people on Nazareth
believed that Jesus was the son of Joseph the carpenter. (he was also a
desendant of Jesse who was the father of David who was King of Israel)