Atchison's Benedictine College to make changes to yoga classes

Published: Apr. 12, 2017 at 2:47 PM CDT
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A Catholic college in northeast Kansas plans to rename its yoga classes and change the content to ensure they focus only on physical exercise and not spiritual or cultural elements.

Benedictine College in Atchison says it will rework its yoga classes after this semester is over.


the changes come after concerns were raised by students, alumni and faculty.

Catholic church leaders have cautioned Catholics for years to avoid the spiritual aspects of yoga because they contend the Hindu-based practice conflicts with church teachings.

The Rev. John Riley, chancellor of the Archdiocese or Kansas City in Kansas, said Catholics are encouraged to look for exercise routines that don't include a spiritual dimension.