There are various branches of Yoga like 'Bhakti yoga' which implies devoted attachment; 'Guna yoga' stands for 'contact with chord'; 'Chandra Yoga' describes astronomical concepts of conjunction of the moon with a constellation. The compound meaning of different types of Yoga which one could be summed up as 'philosophy of yoga' is the 'union of individual with the Supreme.'
In my youth when the body was not much and abused, I went for swimming, riding and jogging. Yoga was unheard in my neighborhood. Now those days of sharp reflexes are memories and watching even hundred of Baba Ramdev's Yoga sessions on TV now have desperately failed to persuade me to initiate in this spiritual exercise.
In fact, I've nothing against Baba Ramdev or Yoga but I'm feeling seriously provoked by an Irish Priest, Father Padraig O'Baoill of County Donegal over what he said to his parishioners. But before I repeat he said, I would recall that in 2012, a Catholic priest in Southampton had banned Yoga from his church. In 2010, a US pastor had described yoga as 'demonic.' These were their personal opinions and repated here as a art of academic discussion - no hidden agenda indeed!
According to Father O'Baoill – yoga is a deeply unsavory activity. He has warned parishioners that yoga endangers the soul. He claims that 'Tai chi' Reiki' and 'Yoga' are unsavory activities that could endanger their souls.
I would request the Yoga practioners and lovers to write a rebuttal or as many rebuttals as they could from any of their calisthenic positions and tell his parishioners and other skeptics and cynics like this poor CJ about the spiritual merits and universality of the exercise. I believe that Yoga is good exercise for health.