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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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.
If they can't say anything bad, then it is not bad. Yoga is a good way to shape human body, whether Christian or not. Never heard of it before.
Hello Hui, I am learning through this thread that people have tapped into a deeper level of yoga. Personally, I have only seen the surface of it and looked at it like a simple stretching and exercise program. No chanting or meditating involved.
I support your statement.
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.
Yoga has roots in Hinduism and Buddhism. Most people in the US don't practice yoga as an extension of their religion, but as a form of exercise, relaxation and meditation.
Weirdly enough, there is now "Christian Yoga", which co-opts the physical asp
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.
MB, I know you only wanted to benefit from the stretching etc., and that's what most people think. As I said in one of my paragraphs in my answer, and Eric concurs, just doing the stretches without all the other folderol is not harmful.
Couldn't Christians just use it as a way to become more harmonious with their bodies and focus on the Christian and Jewish name for the creator God, Yahweh, instead of on the Hindu name for the creator God, Brahman?
Kylyssa, your thought process is quite logical. Personally, before this post, I never considered yoga to be anything but exercise. Why do we even need to chant? But, if we want to chant, we should be able to chant for the god we worship.
They should not. Yoga is tied in with spirituality much like C.E. (Au Fait) explained. I do yoga daily as I exercise. I love it all: stretching, twisting, meditating and formations. It keeps me in concordance with the creator. Through serious y
"So if one is just purely stretching and is not practicing the philosophical and religious nature of yoga, then feel free to participate.” CARM believes they have the authority to grant permission for Christians to stretch their muscles? How absurd.
Chris I don't think Carm believes they have authority over anyone. They just research and investigate and spell out their results. Some Christians worry about offending God and Carm is trying to help them avoid doing that.
I just found this link after I posted the above answer:
GOP Candidate: Yoga Opens You to Satanic Possession
Thank you Chris. It sheds a lot of light. It shows me that I have been living in a naive world. What I saw as a stretching exercise turned out to be something deeper than that. Thank you for your insight.
Marlene, I have just finished writing an article based on my comments above. I'm going to go ahead and post it since virtually the same concepts are already here. It might actually increase your traffic. I'll mention this thread in my article.
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As a former Evangelical Christian pastor and missionary, I'd like to take a stab at this question.
My understanding of one small part of yoga is the drawing of one's attention away from outward, physical stimuli and focus
Regarding my comments above, it is very enlightening to do a google search using the words "Yoga, demon possession." 45,000 hits.
I thank everyone for your internet links but I don't rely on the internet for absolute answers. I prefer the bible. But there was no mention of yoga in the bible so I wanted to know what you all thought about yoga. That's all.
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.
I was shocked by the book/photos, but gave the intro course a try and much was good. Lots of things start off well, but have advanced segments individuals need to think about carefully. Qualified instructor helps.
You are a brave person, Patty. After reading through the comments, I think it is wise for me to stay away from TV yoga. Right?!!! I don't want to get into anything weird. Thank you for the extra caution. I'm listening well.
Just find a good and credentialed instructor you can trust and I think you will be fine. Much success to you in doing so!
My experience with yoga was with a supervisor of mine who did it every day, but not the most advanced movements. Her large book on yoga included chapters in which a long-time yogi explained and showed how to use clean cotton rope to clean out all the
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.
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.
Marlene, I was just referencing that part of a yoga experience, because if you are just talking about doing the stretching routines --- there is absolutely no foundation for any controversy.
Yet, controversy there is, Eric. I know the Bible does not even mention yoga because it is not a biblical issue. Yes, my intent is on just using it for stretching. All that other stuff can be left out of it. This has been a learning experience. Thx!
Yoga is good for all and it is not against any religion as some Christians and Muslims believe. If you practice it daily, your mind as well body can get lot of relaxation and health benefits. Yoga is now recognized by all and a day was recently allot
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.
The pleasure is all mine. Your question was so interesting I could not keep my hands off the key-board.
Thank you gaurav oberoi. It certainly has been an enlightening experience. I am now more aware and more sensitive to people's belief systems. Many thanks to people like you, I know so much more about yoga.
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.
I hear you. I feel more Love in saying that my God is in everything and in all. That way I cover the ignorant also. Love is in all and God is ALL. Much Peace.
And that, Manatita, is why I listen to you. You have a way of making things perfectly clear. Peace back to you, my friend.
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.
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.
Marlene...You may want to investigate "pilates." It sounds to me that this form of exercise may be just what you're looking for w/o the issues of concern. I love pilates! (pee-lot-tees)
word55 is an ideal to break the false notion about yoga out of some false people.
Paula, you offer a wonderful solution to the yoga conflict. I will look into pilates. There's no chanting in pilates, is there? :)
Marlene. Being "spiritual" and being scriptural are not the same thing. There are MANY spirits people follow these days. But a CHRISTIAN must discern them.
Relax Celafoe, I need to be clear that I have no intentions of combining worship with exercise. However, I am glad to read what others feel about yoga.
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.
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.
thanks,I have done a five days course in The Art of living and that time was one of the best times in my life that is why I have respect for
YOGA.Well ,all i can say YOGA is very pure and It is for all religion.
Thank you for the link, Rich.
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.
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.
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.
Worshipping any god other than the God of Heaven breaks the First Commandment whether you are intentionally worshipping a false god or not.
Yes, C E Clark, I totally agree with you about the First Commandment and abide by it 100%. My question about yoga is legitimate. I had no idea yoga was about worshipping any god. I thought it was just a form of exercise. I'm learning that it is more.
MB, my comment here was for Sunil who says there is nothing against any religion involved. I think you asked a great question and I answered it below.
After reading people's responses, I think you are right Network Enginer.
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.
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.
I guess because the origin of yoga is deeply rooted in some form of spirituality connected to hinduism from ancient India. You may have to do some research on ''the history of yoga'' to learn more.
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.
I like your open-mindedness, Kali Prasad. That people should be able to practice whatever their religion is, then it should be OK.
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.
Thank you Mahadeb Kar, for your enlightening and very respected comment. I especially like your final words, "Take the good, reject the bad."
Too bad that advice goes against scripture. Even more sad is that that most who profess Christianity these days do not belive that scriptures are not all that important and accept answers like that.
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.
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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