Is Yoga a Religion?

When I first started my 200 hours Yoga Instructor course, someone told me there’s a saying from her religion that meditation could create a space for demon to invade us cause we are in an empty mind during meditation. I was confused and dissapointed that why people always create arguments whenever there is something becoming popular? I love to be free on my mind as well as my physical body, putting religion into everything is just too restricting.

Sadhguru did answered “Is Yoga a Religion?” in his speech, I’d like to share it here:

What religion you belong to has nothing to do with your ability to make use of the yogic systems, because yoga  is a technology. Technology does not make any distinction as to what you believe in and what you do not believe in. What you may believe in or not is purely a psychological process – it has got nothing to do with making use of a technology.

Yoga is Hindu just the way gravity is Christian. Just because the law of gravity was propounded by Isaac Newton, who lived in a Christian culture, does it make gravity Christian? Yoga is a technology. Anybody who is willing to make use of it can make use of it. It is ridiculous to even think that there could be a religious tinge to yoga.

The spiritual process and the technology of yoga predates all religion. Before human beings started thinking of forming religious groups to fracture humanity in a way that you can’t fix them, the idea that a human being can evolve himself came from Shiva, the Adiyogi.

I started practising because of enjoying it, it brings me peace of mind and physical improvement. With guidance of technique from Trisula Yoga I could see significant of improvement, that’s why I’m becoming more dedicated to it.

The reason of making this as one of my blogposts is simply because I hope to clarify the nature of Yoga. If your body and mind becoming more healthy after practising Yoga, just go for it; Conversely, just stop it.