In light of recent yoga ban news in Indonesia, the world’s foremost yog spokesguru Swami Ramdev has been quoted in his support of a non-religion encroaching practice. While some Islamic scholars and government officials say just do yoga without the chanting, Ramdev goes the fill-in-the-blank route:
Yoga guru Swami Ramdev had earlier said that one could do yoga without pronouncing ‘Om’ and in fact could substitute it with ‘Allah’ or God’ or any other word. Ramdev’s Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogapeeth has already asked its Christian and Muslim followers to begin yoga with a prolonged utterance of Allah or God.
See? Yoga is just like Godtube or pop music, just fill in your own worshiped deity.