what does catholicism say about yoga?

Question: what does catholicism say about yoga? is it bad for the soul?

Answer: Yoga is a "new age" practice that is discouraged by Catholicism, since it is based on eastern religions (e.g., Buddism, Hinduism, etc). Yoga contains erroneous teachings about the human person which are not in line with the Christian understanding of the person. For example, Yoga describes humans as existing of three bodies and five sheets which cover the atmman, and energy flowing through energy channels and concentrated in "chakras".

Instead of Yoga, Catholicism instead encourages Christ-focused contemplation and meditation, preferably in the presence of Jesus in the Adoration Chapel.

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