I wonder what readers think about this. (Thanks, Matt, for sending me the link.)
It’s pretty much accurate to say that there are religious aspects to yoga. So the National Fatwa Council is not wrong on that front. Even still, there’s a host of issues/concerns here regarding the role of government and religion in guiding and restricting the behavior of citizens, but I don’t want to get into a discussion about that, especially when we’re talking about another country that I don’t know a lot about. I wonder, though, if people in Malaysia could just practice yoga without the religious aspects. They could, for instance, do “gym” yoga.