UK church bans yoga classes from its premises

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  1. Raj30

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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/UK-church-bans-yoga-classes-from-its-premises/articleshow/16558927.cms


    LONDON: A church in Britain has banned yoga classes from its premises as the ancient Indian system of physical exercise was "not compatible" with the Catholic faith, according to a media report here on Wednesday.

    Yoga instructor Cori Withell said the classes she booked for yoga and pilates at St Edmund's Church building in Southampton were cancelled with 10 days to go.

    According to the Sun tabloid, Withell was told by the church administration that it was because yoga is a Hindu religious activity.

    Father John Chandler from the church said the hall has to be used for Catholic activities and he banned it because it was advertised as "spiritual yoga".

    Chandler said, "Yoga is a Hindu spiritual exercise. Being a Catholic church we have to promote the gospel and that's what we use our premises for."

    Withell said the church accepted the booking two months ago and she paid 180 pounds.

    She was called later and told that yoga was from another religion so she could not have the hall. A separate pilates class she had booked was also cancelled.

    "I had never heard about any religious issue with yoga before but I have looked into it since and found that some other religions feel that when people meditate it could let the devil inside them," she said.

    "But there was never any meditation in my class - it was just exercises. Yoga is not religious: spiritual, but not religious."

    Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Portsmouth Catholic Diocese said: "It's not possible for Catholic premises to be used for non-Christian activities and there is a dilemma with yoga as it can be seen as Hindu meditation or as relaxation."

    "There is no national policy on this and the decision is for each priest."
     
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  3. chase

    chase Tihar Jail Banned

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    What a bunch of morons! And then the church says that they are modern and progressive and civilized!

    These jokers are loosing their numbers in the west because of their moronic talks and now they have decided to send their missionaries to india so someone can fill their pockets
     
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    do they stop sleeping too.
     
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    they should allowed madrasa ,then they will see movie called jihad in their own premises
     
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    UK church bans yoga classes from its premises - The Times of India


    LONDON: A church in Britain has banned yoga classes from its premises as the ancient Indian system of physical exercise was "not compatible" with the Catholic faith, according to a media report here on Wednesday.

    Yoga instructor Cori Withell said the classes she booked for yoga and pilates at St Edmund's Church building in Southampton were cancelled with 10 days to go.

    According to the Sun tabloid, Withell was told by the church administration that it was because yoga is a Hindu religious activity.

    Father John Chandler from the church said the hall has to be used for Catholic activities and he banned it because it was advertised as "spiritual yoga".

    Chandler said, "Yoga is a Hindu spiritual exercise. Being a Catholic church we have to promote the gospel and that's what we use our premises for."

    Withell said the church accepted the booking two months ago and she paid 180 pounds.

    She was called later and told that yoga was from another religion so she could not have the hall. A separate pilates class she had booked was also cancelled.

    "I had never heard about any religious issue with yoga before but I have looked into it since and found that some other religions feel that when people meditate it could let the devil inside them," she said.

    "But there was never any meditation in my class - it was just exercises. Yoga is not religious: spiritual, but not religious."

    Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Portsmouth Catholic Diocese said: "It's not possible for Catholic premises to be used for non-Christian activities and there is a dilemma with yoga as it can be seen as Hindu meditation or as relaxation."

    "There is no national policy on this and the decision is for each priest."
     
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    when people meditate it could let devil inside them???!!!! That's new one and absolutely ludicrous.

    but, anyway, if the church felt it was an activity of another religion, I DO NOT think it has done anything wrong. I for one, won't allow a church choir or namaz to be performed in a temple courtyard. So, what's wrong???? Religion is based on faith and belief, we can't condemn some action, particularly when it is within the church administration's authority, only 'coz it goes against common belief.
     
  8. Ray

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    Jolly good.

    Must encourage the 'exercises' of the most conservative of Catholicism - the Opus Dei instead.

    Opus Dei = The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei (Latin: Prelatura Sanctae Crucis et Operis Dei).

    They should practice the Opus Dei's practice of mortification — the voluntary offering up of discomfort or pain to God; this includes fasting, or in some circumstances self inflicted pain such as self flagellation. Mortification has a long history the Catholic Church. It has been endorsed by Popes as a way of following Christ, who died in a bloody crucifixion and who gave this advice: "let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me." (Lk 9:23)

    That apart they can have their jollies at their Church as they want.

    After all, it is their properties.
     
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  10. Drona

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    Feeling of insecurity !! nothing else. Devil veili is all Natak .
     

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