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Bishop urges Irish Catholic not to allow students to take part in yoga

premier: An Irish bishop has said that that Catholic schools should not allow students to take part in yoga.

In a letter addressed to teachers and school staff members in Waterford City and County in Ireland last month, Most Rev Alphonsus Cullinan, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore described yoga as un-Christian and not suitable for students.

He wrote: “I have been asked by several people to say a word on yoga and mindfulness. My question is, ‘Will they bring us closer to God or replace him?’

“Yoga is not of Christian origin and is not suitable for our parish school setting and especially not during religious education time.”

Bishop Alphonsus referenced a sermon by Pope Francis in 2015 that said practices like yoga do not allow people to open their hearts out to God.

The bishop also talked about mindfulness, saying that Christian mindfulness is “not mindlessness” but “mediations based on Christ, emptying the mind of everything unnecessary so that we become more aware of the prescence and love of Christ.”

Bishop Alphonsus also let the teachers know many people were praying for them and also encouraged them to help children to spend time with Jesus.

The Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) has responded, saying the primary school curriculum allows schools some flexibility with regard to how it’s implemented.

It said in a statement to the Irish Times: “The INTO believes that schools are best placed to make decisions about how they implement the curriculum, taking into account their school culture and ethos and the needs of their pupils.”

A yoga instructor in Waterford said yoga and mindfulness helps school-age children with “physical and mental health”.

“Yoga improves balance, strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity in children,” he told the Irish Times.

“They offer psychological benefits for children as well. A growing body of research has already shown that yoga can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance and classroom behaviour, and can even reduce anxiety and stress in children.”

Source: Published by premier

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Oriji Chizoba
Oriji Chizoba
2 months ago

Inasmuch as Bishop Alphonsus has his reservations about the clash between Yoga and religion, the health, mental and psychological benefits of Yoga cannot be overemphasized.
Just as the Irish National Teachers’ Organization(INTO) rightly pointed out, Yoga has a lot of advantages and very minute disadvantages.

Abimbola omolara
Abimbola omolara
2 months ago

Yoga is a practice of the false religion of Hinduism. The apostle Saint Paul taught that the gods of other religions are demons (fallen angels who roam through the world seeking the ruin of souls). The First Commandment given to Moses by God is to have no other gods before Him. If you partake in the worship of false religions, that is apostasy (and possibly scandal if you make it known) which is mortal sin. Apostasy, like formal heresy, results in excommunication which puts you outside the church. The Catholic Church teaches that outside of it there is no Salvation.… Read more »

Uzoma chinasa comfort
Uzoma chinasa comfort
1 month ago

Yoga should not be encouraged among true Christian

Fatima Abdullahi
Fatima Abdullahi
1 month ago

Allow them to take part in the yoga competition now

Chinedu Rebecca
Chinedu Rebecca
1 month ago

In as much yoga does not glorify God there is no need for it among our Christian children

Ogundele Israel
Ogundele Israel
1 month ago

But yoga doesn’t affect religion now??

stanley
stanley
1 month ago

Yoga should not be allowed among strong christians

Atte
Atte
1 month ago

I have always known that yoga is mystical even when I can’t explain. I don’t like it’s practice, it seems spiritual and many so practice it without any idea of its spiritual consequences.

Tosin ogunsuyi
Tosin ogunsuyi
1 month ago

What I strongly believe is that yoga help alot

Joseph
Joseph
1 month ago

I don’t care what the bishop says, but I love yoga; would go into it if I get a chance, it’s one of the best mental relief exercise

Oyewole hammed Samuel
Oyewole hammed Samuel
1 month ago

I support this too

Ajoseh Florence
Ajoseh Florence
1 month ago

Yoga helps mentally, but surprise hearing it’s ungodly. God help us

Nelson Joseph
Nelson Joseph
1 month ago

Am just short of words

Chisom Charles
Chisom Charles
1 month ago

Yes Dat Is a very good reason to stop dat

Maureen Eric
Maureen Eric
1 month ago

Got crying out loud yoga had nothing to do with religion, its just an exercise to stay fit, conderming it I don’t think its appropriate

Abada Abel
Abada Abel
1 month ago

But yoga is not bad,it helps the body and mind.

Joseph Okon Samuel
Joseph Okon Samuel
1 month ago

Why is he saying so

Lokrit yilchini gomper
Lokrit yilchini gomper
1 month ago

Whats really bad about yoga, is it not more of an exercise

Lokrit yilchini gomper
Lokrit yilchini gomper
1 month ago

Wow….the bishop is right

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
1 month ago

Yoga is a practice which originated from a false religion, Hinduism.
True Christians should abstain from any of such practices that does not glorify the name of God.

Sunday Bose
Sunday Bose
1 month ago

I have always thought yoga is good for the body. But now am hearing a contrary opinion. All the best to Catholic students

Felicia Moses
Felicia Moses
1 month ago

I don’t think there is something bad about yoga is just exercise

Okebowale Ayomide
Okebowale Ayomide
1 month ago

What bishop is trying to do is that he want truth doctrine for his children,he don’t want unmeaningful act take them from Christ

Omorotionmwan Eseosa
Omorotionmwan Eseosa
27 days ago

They should be allowed to take it

Sharon Peter
Sharon Peter
23 days ago

I have often heard how that art is purely attributed to non-christian faith adherence . The practice of yoga seen as a means of connection to abstract powers

udeme umoh
udeme umoh
21 days ago

Catholic priest hood and priest, why would they not say it or outrightly condemn meditation. Something is smelling here, what it is, I don’t know.

Aba Osita Oscar
Aba Osita Oscar
21 days ago

If yoga does not bring children to God then I support the clergy

Godwin
Godwin
21 days ago

I support yoga

Chukwuma Daniel
Chukwuma Daniel
19 days ago

Ro me yoga is not the best for Christian student normal work out should be fine

Haruna courage
Haruna courage
19 days ago

I strongly disagree
Yoga helps to develop mental and physical health and it does not in any way turn us away from God

Stephen Agbaje
Stephen Agbaje
18 days ago

Great development from the priest because yoga is not biblical.

Joshua Samson
Joshua Samson
17 days ago

Yes it’s actually true

Tavershima Maurice
Tavershima Maurice
17 days ago

As a true and dedicated Christian yoga is not good for you

EZINWA Sonia JOHN
EZINWA Sonia JOHN
17 days ago

Yoga should not be encouraged among true Christians Never

Delight adebayo
Delight adebayo
16 days ago

good

Kelechi Asii
Kelechi Asii
14 days ago

I see nothing wrong in Yoga

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
14 days ago

Bishop’s advised is good to follow.

Nnoko Ukamaka Anthonia
Nnoko Ukamaka Anthonia
13 days ago

Maybe it should be banned with the school environment and not entirely.

Adewale Ayooluwa
Adewale Ayooluwa
6 days ago

👍👍👍👍

Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
6 days ago

it shouldn’t be a problem it’s a choice