yoga had been practised by the Hindu community for thousands of years and incorporated physical movements, religious elements together with chants and worshipping, with the aim of “being one with God”.
I practice and teach Yoga, I don't, I never teach, and I never was taught by any of my teachers that it HAS TO BE incorporated with chants and worshipping.
while merely doing the physical movements of yoga without the worshipping and chanting might not be against religious beliefs, Muslims should avoid practising it altogether as “doing one part of yoga would lead to another”.
Smoking leads to cancer (I'm not sure is it Haram?), why isn't it banned? Because it is profitable?
the ruling was only meant for Muslims. The rest were free to practise yoga.
Oh thank god.
“Malaysia is not the only country which prohibits Muslims from doing yoga. Singapore and Egypt have come out with the same edict,” he pointed out.
Oh ya? really?
Quoted from original text: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/11/23/nation/2626876&sec=nation