Here is a response that was previously used regarding opposition an instructor received on social media.
With respect to the comments on social media, we generally try and stay away from interactions with those who want to use those platforms as a sounding board. We find it draws attention to the minority view and gives it energy it doesn’t really deserve. If you look at yesterday’s post, for example, there were 250 likes and 3 “dislikes” if you will. If we engage with the 3, we give room to the fears and misconceptions of (in this case) an extreme minority. We also find that if you leave it alone it dwindles almost immediately.
There are those who are genuinely interested in understanding the position of Holy Yoga and this is what we generally use to address those types of inquiries or posts. Please feel free to use any or all of the verbiage as you see fit.
Yoga is a spiritual discipline. It is much like fasting, prayer and meditation. All religions use these types of spiritual disciplines, therefore none can be associated with one specific religion. They are all disciplines that position one to hear from God. In the case of Holy Yoga, that is the Trinitarian God of the Bible; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe Paul addresses a similar issue in Romans 14 when he wrote to those arguing about meat sacrificed to idols as not being suitable for consumption by Christians. He taught that each one is to decide for him or herself, as we are free to do so. Also, in Colossians 1:15-17, Paul educated us that “all things have been created through Him and for Him”. We believe breath (which appears in Scripture), meditation (which we are told to do in Joshua 1:8), and movement all belong to Him. No one but God owns those things, and yoga, by definition, is these three things yoked together.