Nagaland church council tells followers 'yoga not compatible with Christianity'

The authorities were directed not to impose yoga practices on Naga students. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Jan 22, 2018, 08.04 AM (IST)

A church council in Nagaland has directed its followers against the age-old practice of yoga. 

In the 67th general meeting of the Chakhesang Baptist Church Council (CBCC) Christian believers were urged to refrain from practising yoga. 

The authorities were directed not to impose yoga practices on Naga students to "uphold the religious freedom envisaged in the Constitution," the official release noted. 

"Yoga is a spiritual and physical discipline deeply rooted in the religious beliefs and practices of Hinduism and hence it is not compatible with Christianity," read the letter. 

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The council met between January 19 and 20 and ran 'Knitted together in Christ' as a theme.

A total of 514 delegates from various CBCC churches participated. 

The CBCC release urged its believers to uphold the Biblical sanctions of Christian marriage and fight against all ideologies exploitative and detrimental to Christian faith.