Is Yoga unchristian?

I have recently (and finally!) started doing Yoga! This thanks to a devoted Yogi who simply wanted to share the positives she has experienced in her own life. I was not only happy but also surprised when I heard that Yoga classes are now available in little Kabwe. Surprised for two reasons, firstly cause I didn’t think that many even knew what it’s about and secondly because those that know a little seem to think it’s an unchristian practice. Whenever I tell people that I do Yoga I get a skeptical look from many. Perhaps they are thinking “Is she going Hindu now or what?” You will not turn Hindu by doing Yoga poses! Yoga is nowadays practiced around the world in a very secular (non-religious) way. There is off course a spiritual side to it that you can explore closer if you wish, but that is then an active choice you make.

Extract from the Yoga Journal:

“Is Yoga a Religion?

Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. The father of classical ashtanga yoga (the eight-limbed path, not to be confused with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga yoga) is said to be Patanjali, who wrote the Yoga Sutra. These scriptures provide a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body. Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not necessary to study those paths in order to practice or study yoga.

It is also not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga.”

Read more here.

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