The prayer pose you recognize is a sign of respect and greeting.
This is purely your own interpretation though (and an incredibly selective one). If a Catholic priest walked up to you and stood with legs together and hands clasped in exactly the same yoga pose, you'd assume it was religious in nature, right? But a yoga instructor does the same thing, and it's not? Why? Doubly so when the poses were created specifically as part of prayer rituals for a real religion. It's no different. You've just arbitrarily decided that eastern spiritualism doesn't count as a 'real religion" within the context of US separation of Church and State, while western faiths (like Catholicism) do count.
I hope you have your thinking cap on because I am about to blow your mind. Ready for it?
If I saw a priest come up to me and greet me with hands clasped in the exact same yoga pose I would recognize it as a symbol of respect. *boom* There are no double standards being held here. Also I would appreciate it if you stop assuming wild things about me. I recognize all religious as being equal. The fact that I can see the medical benifits behind yoga and how it gives children a way to get exercise without the constant competitions that are traditionally taught says more than the people who are so blinded by the beliefs that they would rather watch their children suffer than to grow as individuals.
It's arbitrary and purely within your own mind. There is nothing more or less inherently religious about saying 5 Hail Mary's versus performing a yoga series like the Sun Salutation. Nothing at all. The fact that one prayer takes the form of a series of physical actions designed to bring you closer to your spiritual goals, while the other is a chanted series of words designed to do the same really shouldn't matter at all.
In Gbaji-land doing 5 Hail Mary's = the Sun Salutation. In reality the Sun Salutation is a series of yoga moves originating in India. Widely adopted across the globe for the health benefits it provides. Although I suppose you got a friend in Albert Mohler, a southern baptist (and a bit of a nutter) believes that yoga is, and I quote.
When Christians practice yoga, they must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga.
He also says gems like this about Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism.
demonstration[s] of satanic power
And probably my favorite quote of all.
But the fact remains that though childlessness may be made possible by the contraceptive revolution, it remains a form of rebellion against God's design and order.
On the bright side, at lest you are not alone on the crazy train.