Activities Offered by the Church

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Fri, 02-11-2011 - 6:37pm

I noticed in our church bulletin last week that there is a Yoga class offered once a week.

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Registered: 12-31-2005
Mon, 02-14-2011 - 7:32pm
I'm surprised a Catholic church offers yoga as the spiritual aspect of yoga doesn't adhere to Church teaching. The exercises may be nice, but there is the spiritual aspect that needs to be avoided.
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Mon, 02-14-2011 - 7:40pm
I was a bit surprised, too. I haven't gone yet, so I don't know how the class is run or much about the instructor. It appears to be pretty popular with women in the parish.

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Registered: 12-31-2005
Tue, 02-15-2011 - 4:20pm
You should check it out and see how it is. Popularity isn't always a good measure of whether something is as it should be though. I would go w/ great caution to make sure that there isn't any of the yoga spirituality involved...mediation, etc. And if there is I would bring my concerns to father.
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Tue, 02-15-2011 - 4:37pm
Well, the description of the class is focused towards fitness and I see that the instructor is also a parishioner. I can't imagine that she'd be practicing the spiritual aspect of it. I'll have to see if I can squeeze it into my calendar. They meet once a week at an iffy time for me. I'm interested to see what it's all about. The "no-no" of the spiritual side of it didn't even occur to me since it was in our bulletin. Hmmmm...

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Registered: 12-31-2005
Tue, 02-15-2011 - 6:36pm
I would say just be careful. I used to not really worry much or think much about the negative spiritual effects that can happen by doing things like yoga, etc but after reading books by exocists and listening to them talk about movies and books such as Harry Potter and Twilight I take it much more seriously. The problem is, even if this woman is a parishioner, she may not be aware of the spiritual side of yoga and how bad it can be for all of us. Many people are just ignorant on it and honestly the devil likes it that way.

I know that it wasn't until recently that I would have even given it a second thought or I would have thought...I'll go but not do the chanting stuff. well, just being around it can have a negative impact on us. So I just caution you.
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Sat, 03-05-2011 - 10:46am
How does meditiation go against Catholic Teaching? Contemplatives have been a part of Catholicism since the beginning.
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Registered: 12-31-2005
Wed, 03-09-2011 - 11:05am
Mediation based in Catholic prayer and spirituality is very different from the meditation based in yoga spirituality and new age/occult things. Many people don't realize that yoga and their meditation isn't based in Catholicism and there is often times new age stuff in it. Yoga exercises alone aren't bad, it's the meditation that goes along with it.

Not all meditation is safe.
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Sun, 03-13-2011 - 2:27pm
There is a good overview at Messenger of Saint Anthony, entitled "The Yoga Debate", by Guy Levac. See MessengerSaintAnthony[dot]com and search article.
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Fri, 04-22-2011 - 9:47pm

Maybe the Priest and she made arraignments that the non secular part of Yoga be dismissed???

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Sat, 04-23-2011 - 2:32am
I do give them credit. I'm sure it's fine and wouldn't be going on in the church if there was anything shady about it. I haven't gone because it doesn't fit with my schedule. They've added some other kinds of fitness classes, too. Of course, those don't work with my schedule either. :/

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