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Bikram Responds to Fatwa, ‘Yoga has absolutely nothing to do with religion’

in World News, YD News

Yoga’s ‘Don’ Bikram Choudhury responds as expected to the recent news of the yoga ban in Malaysia:

He rubs shoulders with Hollywood celebrities, refers to his yoga classes as “torture chambers”, and pooh-poohs religious leaders who oppose the practice of yoga.

“Yoga has absolutely nothing to do with religion,” said Los Angeles-based Choudhury, when asked about his opinion on the recent yoga ban in Malaysia.

“Saying that is pure ignorance. I say, go and practise yoga and find out what it’s really about.”

It should be noted that there is no music or chanting in a Bikram yoga class, which does help keep it removed from the yoga-religion discussion, and in turn seems to make it a more accessible style (for those who enjoy, or can endure, “torture”!)

Maybe some people need the tough love but this guy is a drill sergeant. Definitely no blurring the line of spirituality here.

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