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February 13, 2005

Yoga In A Christian Setting

Many people think that if you practice Yoga, you are practicing an eastern religion. This misconception is prevalent here in conservative north Alabama where I live. There are aspects of yoga that do deal with philosophical issues, but yoga does not require following Hinduism.

Mason integrates Christian spirituality into a physical art with Hindu roots. The practice of breathing, holding postures and meditation is an ancient art form that originated in India nearly 5,000 years ago.

Though yoga has roots in Hinduism, Laney said there's no expectation that practitioners follow any particular religion.

"Just because something is not decidedly Christian doesn't mean it's anti-Christian," Laney said. Mason sees no conflict between yoga and Christianity because the practice helps her honor God by honoring her body.

"How much more in touch with God can you be if you're in touch with yourself inside?"

Posted by linda at February 13, 2005 10:23 AM

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