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    Quote Originally Posted by W. Rabbit View Post
    I'll try to find better sources than the one below, because some of the sources link back to Freemasonry etc so some might consider them somewhat nonobjective. It is well accepted by mainstream historians, though, that the Templar were fond of bringing all sorts of "weird" stuff back from the Crusades and their missionary work. One of those weird practices was Yoga, which given its pretty obvious physical benefits, was widely adopted and even shown to non-Templar. Sadly, many died for this reason as the practice was (and in many Christian denominations, still is) largely considered to be heresy, a form of idolatry of the body, and worship of the flesh.

    Because of their military campaigns into the Middle East and Asia, the Templar are often credited with bringing a number of relics and esoteric practices back to Europe, including aromatherapy practices from Egypt and Yogic exercises from what is now known as the Indian subcontinent.

    Part of the "problem" the Catholic church eventually had with the Templars came about because as a mobile monastic order (as opposed to the static ones), the Templar were exposed to many foreign cultural practices as well as competing Christian philosophies, and they preserved the knowledge they came across, including "alchemy", which is what things like aromatherapy and yoga were considered back then. The Church charged that they were replacing their Christian faith with this "alchemical knowledge" and thus it was used to sentence them to die as heretics.



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    I think the church wanted the Templars financial resources more than anything else..
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    Regarding faster results with yoga (for flexibility), that is because when done correctly it is a progressive system rather than "just stretching". Plus the fact that you might do it 2-3 times a week with a qualified instructor rather than as self taught.

    Consider the difference between trying to learn Judo or BJJ at home from a book with no coach versus getting qualified instruction on a regular basis.
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    I think the church wanted the Templars financial resources more than anything else..
    Right. It was the context of simply learning Eastern religions and esoteric practices that made it easy for the Church to condemn the Templar in the public eye, unfortunate because the Templar clearly valued the cultures and practices they were interacting with (when of course, they weren't killing them).

    It would have been a stark contrast to the doctrines of the Church to practice "internal alchemy" practices the Templar learned in the East, and even worse were their associations with the gnostics and other groups the Church had already labeled heretical

    In the early days of the Catholic Church, scholarship and knowledge outside Church doctrine was a fast way to execution. Only a few hundred years after the last Templar leader was burned at the stake for heresy and refusing to "confess", Galileo and Copernicus who were trying to advance science and physics were still being harassed for the same reasons...they challenged the control structure of "faith" with observational knowledge, reason, and logic.

    Anyways, sorry for the Templar derail but it's an interesting topic any time something is so effective and useful that the Church tries to destroy it. Thankfully we live in a more enlightened age...right?







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    Yoga is the best technique to make your body healthy and fit. There are many movements in yoga, which would be done for different body parts.
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