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Demon Possessed Through Yoga?

April 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Church Teaching, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Meditation, Show Notes, Yoga

Demon Possessed through Yoga?


for post on yogaA caller asked about the practice of yoga and its link to potential demonic activity. Dan and Melissa discuss a Catholic perspective on yoga, including the opinions of an exorcist and theologians. They also provide suggestions on alternatives to yoga for faithful Catholics.

Show notes:

  • Fr. Fortea, an exorcist and expert on possession, says that if you do not have the intent for a malevolent force to engage with you, it is unlikely to happen.
  • Many say yoga is just stretching and for them there is no spiritual element – is this ok?
  • Can you practice yoga if you are strong in your faith? Should you?
  • Many of us need to stretch – it's good for our health. Also, people who practice yoga extoll its calming benefits. What can we, as Catholics, do that won't endanger souls? Are there alternatives to yoga which are solidly Catholic?
  • Cardinal Ratzinger wrote “Letter to Bishops of the Catholic Church on Some Aspects of Christian Meditation” in 1989. In it, he warned against practices which bring about a false peace, and psychic state damaging to the soul.


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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, the High Calling Seminary Preparation Program, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer, speaker and pilgrimage director who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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