Last login: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
"Yoga" (asana included) does have religious linkages. However, neither Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, or the Gita verses require, or direct people to worship any particular "God", and even specify that each of us can choose our own sense of higher being, even "science". Attempts to remove religion from yoga, mainly in the US, has spawned a whole spectrum of problems. There has been a systematic removal of the other 7 limbs of classical Patanjali/Ashtanga Yoga, focussing exclusively on the physical (asana). This has made asana into nothing more than stretching, or a sport for some people, which is sad, and dangerous. All of the limbs of Ashtanga Yoga are designed to support each other, and create opportunity for "Self"-growth. Even if you are a Catholic, a 7-Day, or an atheist, I fail to see how this could possibly be bad for youth, or unfair politically to Christians or others.
This issue is part of a political tactic that is connected to a larger sociological tug-of-war. Religious zealots and their political headmasters are losing the tug :)
November 6, 2013 at 1:34 p.m.
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