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One of the most debated posts on our yoga forum this past month has been regarding the discussion of cults in yoga. Are there specific types of yoga that are more cult than healthy means of improving one’s life? What even makes a group a cult rather than people who simply believe something most others do not? The original poster believed the following may be yoga cults:

Brahma Kumaris (Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University / Raja Yoga)
Sahaja Yoga
Siddha Yoga (Muktananda / Gurumayi Chidvilasananda)
Self Realization Fellowship (Paramahansa Yogananda)
Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science & Philosophy
Transcendental Meditation (based on Raja Yoga)
Elan Vital (Divine Light Mission)
Dahn Yoga

What’s your opinion? Why not share it?

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Yoga is the natural way to stay happy, healthy and stress free. It is the best home exercises you can do around the house.
Yoga Training Rishikesh

Yoga is a spiritual practice. Yoga for All, it helps us physically and mentality. yoga is a physical exercise!
Yoga Teacher Training Rishikesh

Yoga is chitti vrtti nirodah

So... if you can achieve it by means of excercicing, it is ok.
If you do the same by chanting, it is also ok.
If you do cults, ok also.

but Shri Sivananda once said and wrote a music about it... that our Sadhana should include a bit of everything... mantras, meditation, puja, asana, pranayama, kriyas and so on.

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