- A Christian micro-influencer has drawn ridicule after claiming a Yoga Barbie doll is spreading Satanism.
- Yasmeen Suri, who has 21,000 Facebook followers, warned against the “Breathe With Me” Barbie doll.
- She said the doll, which sits cross-legged and performs five “guided meditations”, is demonic.
A Christian micro-influencer has drawn ridicule after claiming a yoga-themed Barbie doll spreads Satanism and could cause children to be ‘possessed by demons’.
Yasmeen Suri, who has nearly 21,000 Facebook followers, shared a photo of Mattel’s “Breathe With Me” Barbie doll in a post warning parents against the toy. The Barbie, which sells for $24.99, sits cross-legged and plays five “guided
exercises,” according to its website.
Suri’s post, which received over 73,000 reactions and 47,000 comments, read, “‘Yoga Barbie’ is at Target on the shelf. Satan always comes across as innocent. He will never come with horns and a pitchfork. “
Noting that “yoga is Hinduism,” Suri said it was impossible to “separate poses from religion.”
“Each pose is designed to invoke a Hindu deity into the spirit realm. I’ve seen children possessed by demons,” she continued.
“Satan is after children. He wants to use and indoctrinate them for his glory. Then when he is finished he will destroy them. As your children grow up they will become rebellious, depressed and many will be suicidal. won’t understand what’s going on as a parent,” Suri said. “You must remove all toys and clean your children’s room of all demonic attachments.
The post drew widespread ridicule, with many users dragging it in the comments.
“My daughter recently did some yoga. It was really good for her. Enjoying the red tint to her eyes too brings a nice vibe to the room,” one person wrote.
“I did a sun salutation pose once, then woke up the next day in my church covered in blood. Just one yoga caused me so much grief,” another user commented.
While yoga is rooted in Hinduism, Hindus aren’t the most likely religious group to practice yoga – even in India, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted last year. In 2016, more than 36 million Americans of all religions and beliefs regularly practiced yoga for various physical and mental health benefits.
Suri didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, but she reaffirmed her beliefs in an interview with Newsweek.
“There are professing Christians who have no problem with the teachings behind yoga and there are those who do. I am one. Yes, I believe that when we open up to occult practices there is dangers of demonic activity,” she told the outlet.
According to her website, Suri was born in India and “grew up believing in the gods of her culture.” She was “delivered from many New Age beliefs and false religious doctrines” after going to the United States and having an “incredible encounter with Jesus Christ”.
In one of her old posts, she also warned people against Disney’s “Harry Potter” and “Frozen” franchise for their depictions of witchcraft and sorcery.
Insider has reached out to Mattel for comment.