The yoga studio I go to also includes meditation, and chanting actually too, as a natural part of each class. But I know what you mean, many people consider this 'too religious', and alot of studios don't do it. I think it can be what you want, there are a lot of different types of meditation, and depending on a person's intent, it can be many things. It can be a method to decompress/manage stress, and is taught as such in many hospitals and health centers these days. Or it can be a method for exploring certain mental and emotional patterns, which is how many psychologists use it. Or it can be a way of exploring spirituality, a method for communing with a higher power or law, however someone defines it. So personally I don't think meditation is religious in and of itself, it depends on the intent and goals of the person.
Per your question, I do have a daily meditation practice, but that actually predates my yoga practice, from my days studying with a Buddhist teacher, so it is separate from my yoga practice in that sense.
Last edited by Lisa - Buddhism; 10/20/09 06:13 PM.