'A yoga teacher has been banned from using a church hall after being told her classes were 'not compatible' with Christian beliefs.
Atsuko Kato, 54, has been teaching yoga for 25 years - including one class attended by a local vicar - and tried to book the church hall at Pilton in Barnstaple, Devon, last week.
But the church told her yoga cannot be allowed because it does not acknowledge that 'there is only one God and that... Jesus Christ is God himself'.
Yoga originated in Northern India and has connections to both Hinduism and Buddhism.
But Ms Kato hit back and described the stance as 'outdated' and claimed yoga had evolved into an exercise for everyone to enjoy.
The Reverend Nigel Dilkes of Pilton Church
She said: 'In one of my classes I have a female vicar and they don't seem to have concerns so I struggle to understand what the problem is.
'I had never done a class in that hall before but I was looking for a new venue and when I phoned around I spoke to Pilton Church Hall.
'They asked me what I wanted to hire it for and I said to teach a yoga class. They said they can not tolerate it if it was for yoga and claimed yoga was not suitable for a church.'
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