Is yoga a religion?
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A FEW QUOTES:
(Source info for these quotes is at
the bottom of the web page linked above.)
Swami Sivananda Saraswati: "Yoga is not a religion, but an aid to the
practice of the basic spiritual truths in all religions. Yoga is for
all, and is universal."
Georg Feuerstein: [To practice yoga] "You need not believe in
anything other than the possibility that you can transform
yourself." "...some Yoga practitioners are more religious than
others. But Yoga itself is simply a tool for exploring the depth of
our human nature, of plumbing the mysteries of the body and the mind.
Swami Chidananda Saraswati: "Yoga tends to bring out the inner unity
that exists at the central core of all religions, and its non-
sectarian techniques bring people closer in spiritual ties of inner
T.K.V. Desikachar: "Yoga was rejected by Hinduism... because yoga
would not insist that God exists. It didn't say there was no God but
just wouldn't insist there was.... Yoga is not a religion and should
not [affiliate] with any religion."
Swami Rama: Yoga is a systematic science; its teachings are an
integral part of most religions, but yoga itself is not a religion.
Most religions teach one what to do, but yoga teaches one how to be.
Yoga practices, however, described in symbolic language, may be found
in the sacred scriptures of most religions. (Lectures on Yoga, 1979,
from Chapter entitled What is Yoga?)
In loving service,