Monday, March 31, 2008

Hindu Leaders Take Issue with Christianized Yoga

"It’s hypocrisy of the highest order. I don’t understand how anyone can teach yoga from a Christian background. It is an indisputable fact that yoga has its origins in the East and in Hinduism."

--Ashwin Trikamjee, head of the South African Hindu Maha Sabha, criticizing Winnie Young, a Catholic spiritual teacher and long-time yoga instructor who says yoga is a way to find God, in an article in The Times (South Africa). Young, who is the author of a book Yoga for the Christian, acknowledges there are Hindu beliefs in yoga which Christians cannot accept. Several Hindu leaders have taken issue with Young's yoga practices, emphasizing yoga should be practiced with its complete, original philosophy and should not be altered.

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Hindu leaders slam yoga for Christians (The Times, South Africa)

Holly says: Recently found out I was cited in the yoga section of the 2007 Updated and Expanded edition of Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook (Zondervan) by Dónal O'Mathúna and Walt Larimore, M.D. (Excerpt from the book.)

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