Here we go…More controversy over yoga and religion! And now it’s making major headlines, but, nope, this is not new. The NY Daily News has a bit about Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler and his vocal anti-yoga evangelizing, positing that Christianity and yoga are incompatible. This was all brought to light after an interview with The Subtle Body author Stefanie Syman, and has now picked up by the Associated Press giving it a national voice. (see video)
“My email servers are exhausted,” Mohler wrote on his website. “Messages have been coming in at a rate of about a hundred an hour. The first lesson – count the cost when you talk about yoga,” he said. “These people get bent out of shape fast.”
“When Christians practice yoga, they must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga,” Mohler said. “The contradictions are not few, nor are they peripheral.”“Sadly, almost every protest email makes my point better than I ever could myself,” Mohler wrote Thursday. “There is no embarrassment on the part of these hundreds of email writers that they are replacing biblical Christianity with a religion of their own invention.”
Oh, and according to Mohler, it’s the women running the revolt, and yoga, as it were. Via his website, here’s lesson #2 he’s learned from the controversy:
Evidently, the statistics reported by the yoga community are right. This is a female dominated field of activity. More than 90 percent of the protest communications come from women.