Yoga: A Religion for Sex Addicts? {Nudity}

Via on Feb 5, 2013

Landover Baptist Church tells it all in their article Yoga: A Religion For Sex Addicts.

I had to share some of it with you—listen to this:

“Creation Science teaches us that “Yoga” is a religion that sprang forth from the corrupt roots of sexual depravity in the 1960′s.”

Good old creation science, saving me from my wellspring of ignorance. Here I was, thinking yoga dated back 3,000 years and or so, and was an awesome way to love and connect with the beautiful human body.

People will always shoot down what you love as “wrong.” And I love the human body. Big time. And it doesn’t feel wrong.

The post goes on, revealing their source for research, a very important book, apparently, and hey, I like books.

“Secular scholars argue that the practice of “Yoga” is nearly 3,000 years old. We know this to be a lie because the Bible never mentions anything about it, and the Bible is the most accurate historical book ever written.”

Yeah. Fuck those secular scholars.

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And the study of yoga, once you go beyond texts and sutras? They busted us on that.

(But I’m busting them on misuse and abuse of “it’s.” Grammar Police!)

“Yoga teaches it’s followers how to contort their bodies into demonic positions with the ultimate goal of being able to place their sexual organs into their mouths.”

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Oh baby! Do I ever! Yoganidrasana, still lifetimes away, calls to me, laughing.

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How astute of the church to sort out our deeply hidden motives. Are we that transparent?

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I admit it. I want to (be flexible enough to) do that.

What’s not to want to do? But I’m also alive and in love with the great autonomy, immediately available in yoga practice. There is no better deal on the planet than free fascination, no equipment required. I’m in love with that and more—it’s a form of instant gratfulification.

In love with balance. And seeking peace within quiet accomplishment. And yes, in love with the enjoyment of this body. I admire the body. Especially naked.

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But we all know, or at least now we do, that Landover Baptist Church is lunatic fringe on wheels, and in fact, nothing short of a parody religion. Yet like any good satire, Landover Baptist points to the truth.

Doubt me?

What do the more mainstream sects, let’s say, Catholicism, make of yoga?  To keep it interesting, I went with Father Gabriel Amorth, who in his capacity as the chief exorcist for the church sure does some heavy ecclesiastical lifting. He gave his views here:

“Practicing yoga brings evil as does reading Harry Potter. They may both seem innocuous but they both deal with magic and that leads to evil.”

I love it. Me and You and Ron and Hermione, following a path to evil. Of course, the priest has excluded himself as a credible voice with that statement, but still, intellectually acceptable or not, he has the power to shame. It is subtle and it is real.

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And what we are is no less than a community celebrating the wonder of this miracle called the human body together. Practicing the deeply spiritual act of loving, appreciating and caring for this gift.

(This great wild biomachine and all that it can do, and yes, that includes sex. Sex: beautiful, natural and fantastic. Anyone not addicted to sex is, I think, doing it wrong.)

But loving. This. Gift.

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Learning all the things a body can do, exploring the stretch, birthing ourselves into newfound capacity. Exceeding limits.

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Celebrating this incarnation as a human being.

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And all the while, in the minds of some pretty influential people not practicing yoga, we’ve been courting demons, walking the path to dangerous Hindu Cultism. Real live baptist pastor Rolland C Star, who has a parish in, not Alabama but Boston, claims here:

“I have interviewed people who became demon possessed through yoga.”

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Wow! Posessed through yoga? Really? With what, a compulsion to meditate? Repeated desires to salute the sun? You do learn to love yourself, starting with the body and moving inward. So I can understand what the Pope was warning against when he said that

“Yoga can degenerate into the cult of the body.”

Because the body is beautiful.

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The body is music.

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The body is art.

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The body is divine.

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We are sacred.

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We are magic.

Photo: Elephant Media
Photo: Elephant Media

We are beings of unspeakable beauty. And now is the moment. Steer clear of the shame culture.

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Ed: Bryonie Wise

 

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About Karl Saliter

Karl is a circus artist sculptor yoga teacher writer miscreant gypsy, living in Mexico. He often feels as if he was born under a silver whale of a frisbee moon in the back of a red cartoon pickup truck, careening down route 66 at speed, that he somehow took the wheel, stuck his baby elbow out the rolled-down window, and decided to roll with it, and that though the truck had awesome chrome mirrors, he never looked back. He hopes you sometimes feel the same.

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14 Responses to “Yoga: A Religion for Sex Addicts? {Nudity}”

  1. West Anson says:

    I agree it is a ridiculous assertion to say “Yoga is a Religion for Sex Addicts”. However, we in the Yoga Community (teachers, students, media, etc) need to be vigilante at rooting-out those in our Community that behave like sex addicts. In that aspect we have not been very vigilante.

    • karlsaliter says:

      Hi West! Thanks for reading and commenting. I think you are coming from a position of wanting to keep the yoga community free of blemish, or further blemish, which is good, but I'm not sure I buy this. We don't know how to draw those behavioral parameters without leaving a shit ton of grey area, do we?

      • West Anson says:

        Not "blemish free" but those in our Community who have committed "sexual indiscretions" should become pariahs. People with a history like John Friend should never be able to step foot into Yoga Studio, hold a Workshop, or attend a Yoga Conference. There are many other cases, which are not high-profile, of Teachers and Students who "behave badly" yet continue to teach and practice publicly.. It ultimately comes down to entire Yoga Community "policing ourselves".

  2. Christina says:

    I love this article!! Fantastic writing and beautiful pictures to accompany it. And I still can't believe some people believe that stuff…

  3. Neil Alexander says:

    Wow, I'm so astonished to hear that if it isn't in the bible, it couldn't have happened. No Aztec pyramids, no Mayan culture, no Norse tales, no Chinese or Japanese civilization; I am so disappointed! I'm definitely gonna have to clear out my book shelf of all the non-events that people have been writing about for thousands of years. If Lao Tzu isn't in the bible, then he just isn't anything. Sun Tzu is Not Tzu! Bummer!

  4. John says:

    Perhaps it is relevant to point out that Landover Baptist is a fictional church created as satire (although for it to be funny it of course has to reflect some aspect of reality…). See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landover_Baptist_Chu

  5. Maru says:

    The writing is beautiful, the graphics, your insights and the quotes you choose.
    However, I still believe the fascination for the asanas distracts people from the true meaning of yoga.

  6. karlsaliter says:

    That is funny hearing from the best asana practitioners I know, but fair enough. The fascination is a beginning, though. It slows us down, and brings our focus to the mat. You are right of course, when the mat practice is the whole of our practice, much is lost. Just hopefully, it is the gateway drug to meditation.

  7. Joe Sparks says:

    Our inherent nature is to fully enjoy being human, expressing our true selves. Whatever the oppressive society plasters on us all is that " this is the way it is, and it will not change". Part of that is to make us feel hopeless about what happens in society. Yoga is one way we can free ourselves, and be able to challenge these enforced messages about feeling bad about ourselves. Each one of us struggles because of these enforced societal messages. It is possible to get a clear picture of reality, and a clear picture of the noises that come from our aquired distresses, and know the difference.

  8. karlsaliter says:

    I love that and well said, Joe. This post http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/02/morality-m… picks up where "Sex Addicts" leaves off. I think we are too often being punished for being as we are, and I'm not having it anymore.

    Hopeless is so yesterday, don't you think? Here's to getting that clear picture, yes.

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