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Why Yoga Can't Be Christian

Updated on September 23, 2014

Yoga is Hinduism & Hinduism is Yoga

Yoga is United with Hindu Spirits

Yoga is a Hindu (Sanskrit) word which literally means yoked or united. This union is between the practitioner and Brahman, the gods of Hinduism. Hinduism is expressed in Yoga practice that combines the physical and the spiritual. You cannot practice the physical without being influenced spiritually. The poses are positions of worship to false gods like Kali, pictured here. The Hindu poses, mantra's and chants invite serpent energy to indwell in the practitioner and take control as the victim detaches from reality in preparation for death which is the real reason behind this religious practice.

Don't be deceived, find out how most Christian practitioners of Yoga are seduced into performing poses of worship to Hindu gods not knowing they are slowly being manipulated by the spirits they entertain. Spirits that are hell bent on destroying your faith and stealing your salvation.

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Swami Param

Swami Param, Yoga is Exclusively Hinduism

Dharma Yoga Ashram, Classical Yoga Hindu Academy

“One of the most glaring examples of New-Age distortion is the usage of the word “yoga” to simply mean a form of physical exercise. Completely contrary to the facts of the Hindu/Yoga connection, equating yoga with just an exercise would be like saying Baptism and Communion are merely and underwater exercise and wine tasting, respectively. To see how ludicrous is the Yoga as exercise notion, imagine a non-Christian offering classes (and “certification”) in Baptism (as an underwater, holding one’s breath exercise for a fee)! There is a form of Yoga that deals with physical postures. This (actually most minor) form of Yoga is called Hatha Yoga and are actually worshipful postures and an integral link in the Hindu religion.” Swami Param of the Dharma Yoga Ashram, Classical Yoga Hindu Academy

According to the Hindu American Foundation

Hindu American Foundation: "Although the Western Yoga community fully acknowledges Yoga's Indian roots, and even requires study of Hindu philosophy and scripture in most of its teacher certification programs, much of it openly disassociates Yoga's Hindu roots. While HAF affirms that one does not have to profess faith in Hinduism in order to practice Yoga or asana, it firmly holds that Yoga is an essential part of Hindu philosophy and the two cannot be delinked, despite efforts to do so."

What does the Bible say?

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Unequally yoked means that you are more influenced by unbelievers or another religion.


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      Ilona E 2 years ago from Ohio

      I don't agree that the religious/spiritual practice of yoga and the exercise program based on it are the same, nor do I think your analogy to baptism makes any sense.

      More to the point is the Romans letter which instructs Christians on how to deal with eating meat sacrificed to pagan gods.

      However, if a Christian has any qualms about yoga, there are plenty of other types of exercise and no one should harm their conscience in such a thing.

      People generally aren't trying to make yoga Christian or any sort of spiritual practice. Most just like the stretch and workout it provides.