The other day I saw on the local news a story about Christian Yoga. I’m all for people adapting ideas from other cultures into their own, but there was just something about this one that seemed a bit odd to me.
The video clip showed people performing the classic Yoga moves and poses while repeating what sounded like the instructor delivering some sermon. Overall there was nothing really remakable about the story except for one quote from one of the participants. She said that chanting the Hindu incantations made her uncomfortable. Well, let me tell you this: You have just experienced what it is like to be an ethnic/religious minority in this country. We feel this way every single day, especially with our current born-again president pushing his religious agenda into our government.
Personally, I don’t believe that you can experience the full benefit of yoga without including the mind in the process. The focusing of the mind is not going to happen unless you practice yoga the way it has been done for centuries.