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Old 12-12-2012, 12:55 PM   #51
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I never felt pushed into being Hindu or New Age by practicing yoga.
Yoga is one of the six āstika ("orthodox") schools of Hindu philosophy.

I'm not sure how you would practice yoga w/o practicing Hinduism. From the goals of yoga to the physical poses, it's all based on spirtualism and worship.
I know it's origins are in hinduism but never heard of yoga teaching or forcing hinduism on anyone.

If the instructor is telling me to salute the sun, to worship the eternal presence of Vishnu, to release the flow of my life force and to immerse myself as one with the spirit, it has crossed the line IMO from a physical activity to spiritual practice.
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