[quote=LukeQ]I totally disagree with the apologist view on this.
One cannot seperate the the spiritual aspects of Yoga from the physical health benefits, no matter what the intention of the group is or how it is marketed. It is dangerous to be lulled into a false sense of security with this just because you are not “Greeting the Sun” or taking part in other prayerful or spiritual practices that are very much apart of the Budhist and Hindu faith as expressed through Yoga. The health benefits of Yoga are secondary to the spiritual goals of Yoga.
The key to Yoga spirituality is the breath work. It is through the breath work that altered states of consciousness are developed over time. This is what causes the phenomina of the Kundalini which i wrote about in the thread I have given in my earlier post.
Unfortunately, Yoga has become an acceptible part of secular society, so much so that discernment in this area has become grey.
If there are types of yoga that do not include the breath work, does that mean that you would consider them spiritually okay and not dangerous? I mentioned in an above post, power yoga and the yoga incorporated into a fitness program - neither of which focus on breathing in the least. I’ve also taken “hot” yoga which is similar to power yoga, only done in a warm room to help stretch your muscles more. I’ve not encountered yoga that I would consider spiritually dangerous at all - and have purposely stayed away from ashtanga and kundalini forms of yoga for that reason. Seriously, I don’t know what your experience with yoga is - but turn on the Fit and Lite program with Denise Austin and tell me honestly if you think it’s spiritually dangerous.