Yoga trainers have reacted against the instruction, which included the phrase “different religions,” underlining yoga cannot be considered a religion and the use of symbols was natural.
According to HİS Technical Board head Süleyman Gönülateş, however, the instruction is a routine arrangement and religion should not be a part of sports. The instruction bans all kinds of religious symbols, including Islamic symbols, Gönülateş said.
This is the first time in Turkey that a specification and criteria has been drafted for yoga centers, Gönülateş said, suggesting they have taken measures against missionary work.
There should be no religious symbols at yoga centers, likewise at all sports centers, he said.
Hurriyet Daily News