Ahead of International Day of Yoga, as designated by the United Nations, the Greek Orthodox Church in Greece has lashed out at the popular relaxation and exercise.
The Holy Synod, the Greek Orthodox Church’s governing body in Athens, denounced yoga, saying it is “incompatible” with the Christian faith.
According to a statement issued by the synod, yoga is a fundamental part of the Hindu religion and is by no standards “a form of exercise.”
“For this reason, yoga is totally incompatible with our Christian Orthodox faith and it has no place in the life of Christians,” the statement said.
International Day of Yoga was introduced last year by the United Nations on a proposal by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.