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WSJ: Should Christians Practice Yoga?

Ever since Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, spoke out against Christians doing yoga, the blogosphere has gone wild. If you haven't heard about it yet, the story revolves around an article on Mohler's website, where he...

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Ever since Albert Mohler, president of the
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, spoke out against Christians doing yoga, the blogosphere has gone wild.

If you haven’t heard about it yet, the story revolves around an article on Mohler’s website, where he wrote: “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.”

Here’s an update:

Since that story broke, the Wall Street Journal followed up with a poll that posed the question: Should Christians Practice Yoga? The result: 71.8% said yes, and 28.2% said no.

And in a December 30th article by highly-regarded scholar Wendy Doniger, Is Yoga a Form of Hinduism? Is Hinduism a Form of Yoga? she highlights the issues this debate has brought to the forefront, especially that some American Hindus think American yoga isn’t Hindu enough, while others like Mohler think that yoga is too Hindu.

We want to know: Do you think of yoga more as exercise, or as a spiritual practice?