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June 07, 2010
If it were only that easy.
It seems that there's trouble in the lotus position.
Yoga, which has been around for five thousand years or so, is not as simple as slow languorous movements, half moon poses, and gentle breathing techniques.
Not when religion has a hold of it.
The main problem, as stated in Aseem Shukla's essay, "The Theft of Yoga," is that the mass popularity of yoga has been achieved at a price:
"Yoga originated in Hinduism," he wrote, "It's disingenuous to say otherwise."
It gets even more confusing, when many of Indian descent want to claim Hinduism, while many others want to remove any connection between yoga and the third largest religion.
Whatever side you're on, the goal that yoga tries to achieve is a path to spiritual awakening and enlightenment through the union with a Supreme Being.
Which all supposedly lays dormant at the base of your spine.
(A couple hundred years ago, Ralph Waldo Emerson took the Hindu texts he read, and folded them into Transcendentalism, which has not escaped criticism either.)
Now, if you're still with me, here's where it gets sticky.
In a fast growing movement, a number of Christians have been performing "Christian Yoga" as their means of making a closer connection with their God.
Outside of India, (and Christian Yoga) the term yoga usually means Hatha Yoga and it's a form of exercise, without relationship to religion and God.
I can see where that wouldn't sit well with those that think it's a path to something deeper.
So what's your position?
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