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The outcome of the big fatwa meeting this past weekend basically echoed the conclusions drawn from the Malaysian ban last November: Yoga is OK as long as it is strictly for exercise. So, no chanting. Needless to say, yoga teachers in the region are not thrilled, although considering the circumstances we see this as somewhat [...]

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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 [...]

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In light of the recent Malaysian yoga fatwa, the ensuing uproar, and the subsqequent slight backpedaling, Indonesia’s top Islamic body is now considering their own yoga ban. JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s top Islamic body says it will consider banning Muslims from practicing yoga. Cleric Ma’ruf Amin said Thursday the Ulema Council was trying to determine [...]

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Big news! Yoga will not be banned in Malaysia! In an effort to clarify the National Fatwa Council’s ruling and to calm the outcry of protests, even from the country’s sultans, current Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi released a statement giving Malaysian yogis the freedom to continue the physical practice of yoga for good health, but on the stipulation that they refrain from [...]

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