Vicar bans yoga from church because it’s ‘as bad as Ann Summers or gambling’

A vicar has sparked outrage after banning yoga classes from his church hall.

The Reverend Canon James Allison stopped the weekly “yoga nidra” sessions, claiming some meditation can be “unhelpful”.

The Anglican vicar told the Mirror: “We just don’t have yoga, just like we don’t have Ann Summers, gambling or race nights. We just don’t have it.”

He described yoga nidra, which has Hindu and Buddhist origins, as a bit “culty”.

Instructor Melissa Makan, 37, said: “It’s ridiculous. I’ve been teaching for about seven months at the church hall.

“Yoga isn’t a religion. I’m disappointed, I feel he is creating division in a world where there is already plenty…”

But Rev Allison, 57, said: “It was decided we could not have yoga in our hall. It is too complex an issue.”

The vicar, of St John the Baptist in Hipperholme, West Yorkshire, added: “The opening mind thing should only be done with great care.

“Yoga nidra does not look like an exercise, it looks spiritual.”

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