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YOGA UNCOILED: From East to West (Re: Yoga in America)

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    For those in America wishing to practice authentic, traditional Yoga, it is useful to be aware of the state of Yoga in the country, and the controversy
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 8, 2007
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      For those in America wishing to practice authentic, traditional Yoga,
      it is useful to be aware of the state of Yoga in the country, and the
      controversy surrounding it. It continues to be true that most of the
      Yoga teachers in America incorrectly promote Yoga as being a mere
      physical fitness program, while its spiritual roots are mostly
      forgotten. It also continues to be true that some of the most
      outspoken people about the true nature of Yoga as a spiritual
      practice are Christians opposed to Yoga. While their specific
      opinions and interpretations about Yoga may be quite inaccurate, they
      are definitely right about Yoga being a spiritual practice.

      Following is a link to a new anti-Yoga dvd that characterizes this:

      http://www.carylmatrisciana.com/shop/catalog/Yoga-Uncoiled-From-East-
      to-West-p-16188.html

      DESCRIPTION: Here is a description from the link above:

      YOGA UNCOILED: From East to West
      A look into the practice of Yoga in the Church

      Many believe they can practice yoga postures, breathing, and focusing
      techniques devoid of yoga's spirituality, not realizing that yoga is
      an inherent part of Hindu philosophy which teaches MAN AND NATURE ARE
      ONE WITH DIVINITY. [All caps added; they are right; this is a core
      perspective of Yoga, Sankhya, Vedanta, and Tantra]

      Today, yoga is experiencing a worldwide renaissance and in America
      has more than 70,000 yoga teachers working in 20,000 locations.
      Although viewed primarily as fitness instructors, these trainers are
      in reality the leading missionaries of eastern religion in the west.
      The twenty-seven billion dollar a year yoga industry is marketed to
      students, athletes, businessmen, pregnant women and senior citizens
      promising solutions for stress reduction, concentration problems, and
      issues of self confidence.

      Once viewed by Christians as a pagan import from the East, yoga has
      now become mainstream in the church through "Christ-centered yoga
      classes" designed to help improve spirituality and experience "the
      presence of God". But is yoga's mysticism compatible with historic
      Christianity?

      Video-journalist Caryl Matrisciana, who was born and raised in India,
      returns to her native land to search for truth among India's leading
      experts and examines what Christian Yoga practitioners in the West
      are saying about their Yoga participation.

      With critical discernment, this hard-hitting and informative DVD
      explores the ramifications of dismissing yoga's core spirituality,
      and blending Biblical terminology and precepts with eastern
      meditative techniques and practices.
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