- The Kerala church formed a commission to review its stand on yoga
- It concluded yoga is not a way to get salvation or spiritual experience
- It also said some postures in yoga may be against Christian principles
The report has been prepared by a doctrinal commission set up by the Syro-Malabar church to look into the institution's stand on yoga. While the church said that yoga does provide certain health benefits, it is not a way to reach god.
"The theology of yoga does not go along with the beliefs of Christianity. Yoga believes in oneness and cannot differentiate between creator and creation like in Christianity. There is nothing wrong in taking yoga as an exercise but it is not a way to get salvation or spiritual experience," the report states.
The church also said that the government's "attempt to make yoga compulsory in school and making yoga crucial to Indian culture" was also a contributing factor behind reviewing the entire issue.
The widely followed Syro-Malabar church is a Catholic church based in Kerala. Though it has an independent governance system, it is in full communion with the pope.