Yoga tradition forbids Homosexuality?

Via on Mar 2, 2009

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From the best comment ever department:

I just discovered your website last night then today saw the story on the “most meaningful moment of the oscars”. At that point I had to reject your site as having nothing to do with actual yoga. 

Yoga calls for the regulation of the senses, above all the tongue and the genitals. The genitals are to be used in the ultimate sense for procreation. Homosexual sex has nothing to do with this whatsoever. 

A yogi seeks their love in the absolute. Not in so called “love affairs” of this world. There are so many reasons why homosexual activity is rejected by true yogis that it is hard to know where to begin. 

I hope that not too many innocent people are confused and persuaded by your pop culture, hedonistic brand of so-called yoga.

 

My reply:

Dear Brad,

Whether or not yoga forbids homosexuality is, to my mind, about as relevant as whether or not the Bible forbids homosexuality: Not. At. All.

The basic issue, I would hope you agree, is not about genitalia, but about every single human being being fundamentally good and possessed of basic human rights, such as the right to wed in matrimony (and divorce, but that’s another story).

Anyway—thanks for the comment, and feel free to write an article for us expanding on your true understanding of yoga (which, up to 50 years ago, didn’t allow women to practice).

PS: this whole discussion is only slightly sillier than the recent Fatwa declared on…yoga!

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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7 Responses to “Yoga tradition forbids Homosexuality?”

  1. angela aldatz says:

    Good response Waylon. Unbelievable, really. It would be a really lonely world if we were all to be seperated as people like this wish.

  2. sj* says:

    wow. to declare such dogma as "yoga" is not giving homage to the innate nature of the word. it's sound. and it's power. the minute my yoga practice (simple existence of oneness) is turned into a religion, it is the moment i check out. still, in my current state of yoga, i accept the craziest of "beliefs" as relevant and entitled. wish that could be the same for mr. brad.
    word waylon.
    bless up!

  3. _milo says:

    There must be 6.7 billion sexualities and counting on this wet rock! If I were the expanded consciousness of the entire universe the one thing I would not know is how to think and feel like a brad, or a waylon, angela, milo. finite containers for the uncontainable. ante up shaktis, shiva wants some 411!

  4. I posted a somewhat altered version here…please comment and support, the more comments they get, the more they might show off this article on the huge Huffington Post site.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/waylon-lewis/yoga-f

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