Sheetal Shah, senior director at the foundation, says the group started the campaign after noticing the words “Hindu” and “Hinduism” were rarely mentioned in yoga magazines.
“We noticed our sacred texts, philosophical ideas, and deities were consistently being referred to as ‘yogic,’ ‘tantric,’ ‘Indian,’ etc.,” Shah told the Daily News.
“We wondered, ‘How many different ways can a magazine avoid using the word Hindu?’”
The foundation called Yoga Journal, one of the country’s most popular yoga magazines, to ask about the peculiar avoidance.
“We were told that the magazine does avoid using the word ‘Hindu’ because ‘Hinduism carries too much baggage,’” Shah said.
Shah’s claim that Americans are not comfortable with Hinduism is even harder to ignore as a new crop of “Christian yoga” classes emerge.
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