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Bishop urges re-think on Blaenporth yoga ban

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The Bishop of St Davids has urged a PCC to “find out more” before banning yoga in their church

Church officers in Blaenporth, Ceredigion, are in talks with local villagers about converting part of St Davids Church into a community centre, after complaints about a lack of facilities

The talks have foundered because the PCC has ruled that “non-Christian activities” would not be permitted. One of these was deemed to be yoga.

But Bishop Joanna Penberthy, in a statement, has asked them to re-think the decision:

“While the Bishop of St Davids respects the right of parishes to decide what does or does not take place on their premises, it is clear that many people in the diocese have found practising yoga to be of huge benefit.

“To criticise a long standing practice of another religious tradition out of hand without an in depth study and a good theological rationale is unwise. I would encourage the PCC to find out more about yoga before making a final decision.”

The Area Dean, Revd John Bennett, who chaired the PCC meeting at which the matter was discussed, has said he thinks the council would be prepared to re-visit the decision, which was not voted on but was raised as part of a general debate about what might or might not be acceptable.