The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 1, 2012

Yoga not a religion?


Wednesday, October 31, 2012 — I was reading your paper today and noticed an article by Cindy Brewer.

While the article was just fine I think Cindy may have mis-“titled” it.

She writes yoga is not a religion and does some explanations of why she does not consider it a religion, but in the last half of her article she demolishes her story title and her “not a religion” statements by explaining in detail how she communicates with God who is everywhere and in everything.

“I believe that God is everywhere and in everything, so I do feel that meditation is a time for me to listen to God and to find my connection to the universe of which I am one with.”

Hmm, seems I used to read about the pagan beliefs of old where god was in everything.

The trees, the rocks, the earth and the sun to name a few. In fact, you sound a lot like my instructor of ancient Greek mythology from many years ago. The practitioner would do all sorts of things to hear from their god of wine, love, hunt, trees, sun, moon and on and on.

Cindy, you can practice yoga all you want but you really don’t need to say “Yoga is not a religion.”

In all fairness though, everyone with whom I have spoken to about yoga says the same thing.

It is not a religion, it just helps me to relax and get in touch with the trees, the bees, birds and my inner self …

Bud Risner