Are exercises from yoga permissible?
Q: There is a group of ladies in our area that have a woman trainer to come home and do exercises with them. This lady intends on introducing some other exercises with them that originate from ‘Yoga’.I know that yoga originates from the hindu culture, however they intend to use only the exercises/stretching techniques from yoga and not to practice yoga itself. There will be no meditation, humming and all the other aspects of yoga, just exercises. Will this be permissible?
A: This is acceptable, provided that the conditions mentioned in the question are fully upheld and no other un-Islamic practices are found.
Ameer, Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre