Father Padraig O’Baoill, the pastor of the local parish in Gaoth Dobhair, made his comments in the weekly newsletter published by the church.
He said, “As followers of Jesus Christ we should not partake in deeds that go against our religion. Accordingly, you should do not take part in yoga, thai chai or reiki. Do not put your soul in jeopardy for the sake of these contemptable things [sic].”
A local yoga teacher said she was offended by the remarks, describing them as over the top.
The parish priest, who is currently in Lourdes, France, told reporters at the Donegal News that he would comment on his return.
His comments reflect the Catholic Church's teachings relating to yoga, tai chi and reiki.
However, his comments were not greeted with a great deal of seriousness online.
One Tweet quoted the comedy series “Father Ted”: