I know this is an old issue to be talked about. But the reason I post this is because a blog owner was really mad at me after I commented on his post.
I wrote this based on my opinion at that time:
"Why can't people take it as another form of exercise? Why must we complicate our minds? Is your faith that fragile?"
And he replied:
"Yoga and Reiki are not physical exercises, they're some kind of acts of worship. Please lay off your bloody fingers and stop meddling into the affairs of Muslims. We don't need your f*cking guidance on this matter."
Can you feel how mad he is towards me?
Then I simply reply like this:
"Sorry if I hurt you in any way. I wrote based on my opinion. How can we claim ourselves a Muslim when we go around swearing people and cannot take others advices and opinions?"
Yes, I may not be the best Muslim to guide others. Plus I'm still learning myself. But my opinion is my own. If you don't like it, there's nothing I can do about it. If I'm wrong, may Allah forgive me.
Anyway, regarding Yoga, after reading the report from JAKIM complete with verses from Al-Quran and hadith, I'm more clear about the issue. But I still don't see any harm in practising the movement merely for health benefits. In fact, I've practised it myself and find it more friendly to the condition of my body compare to aerobics and jogging.
And again all this is based on my opinion... :)
For the owner of the blog, if you're reading this, may Allah bless you.
*if any of you want a copy of the JAKIM's report, feel free to email me or leave a comment with your email address. i'll send it to you a.s.a.p