Have I ever mentioned how much I love speaking to people with varying beliefs?? That doesn't mean getting behind walls of belief and demeaning others or their belief systems.... I routinely have big conversations with members of my family on who I am (currently) and what I believe. I was raised in a strict born-again Christian household and was the kid who had to burn their pokémon cards (the devil is in the black adhesive!), had her Harry Potter books torn to shreds (divination and schools of magic?!), and would be grounded an entire summer for trying to sneak Spice World : The Movie into our house (midriff-baring teenie boppers NOT singing of Jesus?!). Just last night I was sent an article from my mom entitled, 'Former Witch Reveals Link Between Yoga And Satan'... A very interesting read INDEED.
And honestly, it's moments like these that upend me and give such huge gratitude for the yoga community. It's so much more about celebrating our similarities than gnit-picking our differences. Knowing that everyone figures out whats right for them in their own time. Finding peace and happiness for yourSelf and your fellow brothers/sisters in that.
This woman wrote a very vague article on these 'demonic' practices (referencing using sage, crystals, chakras, and meditation as ways that satan can enter you), recalling a (traumatic episode for ANY CHILD) time when she was forced to hold a yoga pose during a satanic ritual... This woman's experience, however, has absolutely nothing to do with yoga or any other parts of my sadhana (spiritual practice). I truly enjoy sitting with people of varying beliefs, mot to combat them or try to get them to believe as I do... but to illuminate that this is only one persons truth, of which she's allowed to share, surely, but to have the wherewithall to discern (viveka, a practice in yoga) that this is only one persons experience and is like looking at a massive library holding all aspects of the practice, and only having light to see through a pin-prick of light.
You'll never see the whole story that way.