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Why do some people consider yoga anti-Christian?


Recently, I spoke with a Christian friend about doing yoga. Her response was negative. She asked me why I would want to do something that is against the Christian religion. I had no idea Christians looked at yoga in such a negative way. My friend could not give me a defined answer, so I bring it to you. What is it about yoga that makes it a bad activity for Christians?

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Christin Sander (ChristinS) says

17 months ago
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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    Hi Christin. I taught dance and exercise for 18 years. I see yoga as a form of exercise. I never saw anything bad about it - until I started talking to my Christian friends about it. The funny thing is, none of them can say exactly why yoga is bad.


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C E Clark (Au fait) says

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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    C E Clark, thank you very much for your answer and for providing a reference. Truly, I would only use yoga positions to stretch this tired body. In fact, that's what I thought yoga was all about. I had no idea about mantras, meditations, and such.


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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 17 months ago

    I just found this link after I posted the above answer:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/0...

    GOP Candidate: Yoga Opens You to Satanic Possession


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Lisa Vollrath (lisavollrath) says

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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    Ah, Lisa that's an enlightened way of looking at it. Since I live in the U.S. I only look at it as exercise. But now you say there is such a thing as Christian Yoga? I'm thinking that must be to counter balance the Hinduism and Buddhism aspects.


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Guilherme Radaeli (Dakk) says

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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    Thank you Dakk, for your answer. I have never done a yoga class where we did anything other than stretch and breathe. But, after asking the question, I have a new understanding of yoga and why people have such strong feelings toward or against it.

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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    Your introductory course, Patty, is my understanding of yoga - exercise. I never thought about yoga having a spiritual aspect. I have to admit - that snake spirit thing might have scared me away from doing yoga.


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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    Eric, after reading your response, all I could do was sigh. I had no idea yoga included mantras and stuff other than intense stretching for the muscles. Now I see what the turmoil is all about. Thanks so much for your response.


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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    Thank you Shyron E Shenko. Your opinion is valuable to me. I know I could look it up, but I wanted to know what people's personal opinion was versus what I could find on the internet. Just because it's on the internet doesn't make it true.

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    Mahadeb Kar (supremeupbeat k) 17 months ago

    yes, you have said rightly.


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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 16 months ago

    gaurav oberoi, you have added more knowledge to this topic. I had not known that yoga means union. That's interesting to say the least. Thank you for giving a deeper understanding of yoga and why Christians believe it is anti-Christian.


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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 16 months ago

    RTalloni, you have given me a very healthy response to this intriguing question. Now, I can see how a person might be deceived, while at the same time, a person who is strong in their beliefs would not get caught up in the spiritual side of yoga.


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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    Very true, Manatita, and no one can dispute the truth. Whether positioned in the "Downward Dog" or on bended knees and arms stretched, at that moment, people have a choice of which god they will worship. My God is the one above all others.


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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    Hello Sunil. Thank you for sharing your belief and experience with yoga. I am just starting to research yoga and have never heard of Yoga Day, but I am now going to look into it.


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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    word55, I know you are a strong Christian and that your yoga workouts are indeed more spiritual in nature. I can see how it is a relaxing form of exercise and as such could allow the relief of stress and the ability to get closer to God.


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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    Interesting answer, Grace. I had not even thought about the idea of "opening the doors" to unwanted elements. For me, it has always been just an exercise program. I never really delved into the deeper aspects. But I am learning more about it here.

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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    Thank you, Heather! I actually see yoga as a form of exercise and have never thought about its association with any religious ties. At least you have now given me a place to begin more research.

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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    Thank you pramodgokhale for your comment. Your beliefs are exactly as my beliefs were, but then when I started talking to my friend about yoga, she stirred my interest about whether or not yoga was anti-Christian. I see it is only what we make it.


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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 16 months ago

    I like your answer, Atul Chandran, especially when you say yoga may be for all. Although I only worship one God, He is my God and I should be able to worship Him in the way that I want... even if it is through exercise... if I choose to do that.

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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 16 months ago

    Good answer, Juno Smith. Free will is very important. And, like you said, when we are at peace, we do things (like go to church) because we want to and not because we are desperate or dependent.

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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    Thank you Wilson. I never thought about Yoga being a spiritual thing until now. I guess it is time to do some extensive research on the subject.


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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    I like your open-mindedness, Kali Prasad. That people should be able to practice whatever their religion is, then it should be OK.

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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 16 months ago

    After reading people's responses, I think you are right Network Enginer.

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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    Thank you Mahadeb Kar, for your enlightening and very respected comment. I especially like your final words, "Take the good, reject the bad."


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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 16 months ago

    Hello days leaper. Same here. I have read the Bible, too and I had not read anything about yoga. That is why, when my friends fussed about yoga, I wanted to know what others felt. I definitely don't want to worship any God except the Almighty one.

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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    Hi Vink, In the yoga classes that I have seen, slowly breathing in and out is the extent of it. There was no meditation and I had not even thought about the spiritual side of it until my friend got all bent out of shape over it. I like your answer.


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Elena (Lady_E) says

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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 17 months ago

    Oh, Elena you might want to consider writing a hub about the inner concepts surrounding yoga. I'd certainly read it. I'm even more curious after reading your comment.

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16 months ago
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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 16 months ago

    Well, my friend first frowned like she couldn't believe what I was saying and of course, she went on to explain how yoga is anti-Christian. I only thought of it as stretching exercises, but her response prompted me to ask others for their opinion.

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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 16 months ago

    Wow peter565, that's putting a lot of people in the same basket. Thank you so much for sharing how you perceive yoga and for "outing" the radical thinkers.

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