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Jakarta Post

Yoga in-sync with Islam, experts say

  • Andra Wisnu

    The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Fri, March 6 2009   /  08:57 am

Islam and yoga share more similarities than some parties would like to admit, a seminar concluded Thursday. Titled “Yoga and Pluralism and the Islamic Perspective on Peace” experts participating in the forum, held at the Bali-India Foundation office in Denpasar, said that Islam shared many similarities with Yoga.
The seminar is part of the International Bali-India Yoga Festival, which will run until Tuesday.
Salman Harun, a professor at Jakarta’s Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University and a noted Koranic scholar, said the act of prayer in Islam, or shalat, could be perceived as a form of yoga.
He argued that most forms of yoga as practiced the way they are today not Hindu in nature and that the practice is simply an age-old method created by people trying to connect to a cosmic force. “In that sense, the moves done while praying, lik...