I've noticed a debate going on in one of the online groups I subscribe to. It boils down to: is yoga a legitimate practice for Catholics, or is it irredeemably associated with pagan and even diabolical practices? Can believers in Christ use yoga's postures and movements, maybe even "converting" them to relate to Christian themes, or are they irretrievably linked to demonic spirits? I heard a personality on Catholic radio opine the latter so vigorously that I was taken aback. It makes me wonder if we as Catholics have lost our sensibilities in such matters.
The early Church had no trouble recognizing that things which arose in different cultures, even when tainted with superstition, could be "baptized." The Church of Rome even moved the date of the feast of All Saints from May to November, to coincide with the Celtic New Year, which had more than overtones of superstition involving pacifying the spirits of the dead. The feast of Christmas "claimed" the Roman feast of the Sol Invictus, the Unconquered Sun. It is a basically Catholic attitude to assume that what arises from human culture is more likely to be essentially good than essentially depraved, much less demonic. To look at things from a vantage point of anxiety about their innate depravity is an approach more inspired by Calvinism than Catholicism.
And yet so many Catholics, particularly in the United States, are taking on this Calvinist-style presumption. I suspect it largely is a result of being in the United States, with its strongly Protestant roots. Our culture did not spring from Catholicism! It may also be that many very active Catholic apologists and others spent years within the Protestant churches, and are unconsciously bringing some of that heritage into their Catholic lives (along with so much that is eminently helpful, particularly in terms of familiarity with biblical prayer).