Jesus was a yoga teacher

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  1. janesix profile image60
    janesixposted 9 years ago

    It's obvious to me. Christians, try to prove me wrong. You can't.

    1. MickeySr profile image81
      MickeySrposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      One of the great misunderstandings and misrepresentations of who Jesus is and what he came here for is that He came to teach anything . . . yoga, a Christian religion, peace & love, whatever. He is the divine creator of all that is, so everything He does (did) we can of course learn from, and there were numerous circumstances in which what He did or said took the form of teaching - but that was not His mission or purpose, He did not come into His creation to teach us stuff.

      He came to do something, to accomplish a task, to execute a particular work . . . again, as He went about to do this He taught, and was called "teacher", but we miss His true identity and subvert His accomplished work when we cast Him as coming to teach.

      1. liftandsoar profile image60
        liftandsoarposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Good point Mickey.  The gospel has been so diluted with secular values and eastern mysticism that most have heard "another gospel."

    2. profile image0
      Brenda Durhamposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You're the one who made the statement.  The burden of proof is on you to prove Jesus taught yoga, not on Christians to prove He didn't.  You can't.

      1. janesix profile image60
        janesixposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Dang it! You're right!

  2. pennyofheaven profile image78
    pennyofheavenposted 9 years ago

    Googled yoga. Sounds about right.

  3. LookingForWalden profile image60
    LookingForWaldenposted 9 years ago

    Jesus hated yoga.
    It says so in Jermicheal 3:16 or something like that.

    1. janesix profile image60
      janesixposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, he hated yoga alright, but it payed the bills

      1. LookingForWalden profile image60
        LookingForWaldenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Lol

      2. pennyofheaven profile image78
        pennyofheavenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        So he charged for his service?

        1. LookingForWalden profile image60
          LookingForWaldenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          "Everyday, he had to get that paper y'all." Luke 623:39

          1. pennyofheaven profile image78
            pennyofheavenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            Haha Ok what paper?

            1. LookingForWalden profile image60
              LookingForWaldenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

              I'm just messing around. big_smile

              1. pennyofheaven profile image78
                pennyofheavenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                Hehe me too!

  4. pennyofheaven profile image78
    pennyofheavenposted 9 years ago

    He did? Can't find that book hehe. If you meant Jeremaih couldn't find yoga in that passage?

  5. MelissaBarrett profile image61
    MelissaBarrettposted 9 years ago

    Yoga is pretty awesome. It's relaxing and clears the mind of distractions-allowing deeper thought.  On more than one occasion I've actually contemplated verses during yoga.  So, while I think the bible probably would have mentioned somewhere if Christ was a guru, I can't see why he would have any particular problems with Yoga.

    1. profile image0
      Brenda Durhamposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Now it's tempting to point out Scriptures debunking that theory, but I'll refrain.  I wanna hear proof from janesix first.

      1. MelissaBarrett profile image61
        MelissaBarrettposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Brenda, believe it or not I actually like you quite a bit.  I really have no hard set opinions on the matter of yoga and the Bible.  If you say Jesus was against stretching, then I will-on this matter-completely defer to your judgement.

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          Brenda Durhamposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          lol
          Nah.  Way too easy.

          1. MelissaBarrett profile image61
            MelissaBarrettposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            *Smiles* I didn't say I would stop doing yoga.  I have fibermyalgia and it helps considerably with the pain (which means I take less hydrocodone)but if you say it's sinful I won't disagree with you or attempt to pick apart the verses you use to support your argument smile.  So there you go Brenda, one completely free "You are completely right" card.  Merry Christmas smile

            1. Disappearinghead profile image59
              Disappearingheadposted 9 years agoin reply to this

              Thanks Melissa. My wife suffers from lupus and one of the symptoms is fibromyalgia. I shall mention yoga to her.

              I've never considered whether or not elements of yoga are suggested in the bible, such as being still, or meditating on God's law. In the church environment I grew up in, anything remotely Eastern was branded as New Age and opening a door to demons. It's quite astounding the level of willfull ignorance that pervades much of the Church.

              1. pennyofheaven profile image78
                pennyofheavenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                Jesus in the the storm on the boat story illustrates stilling the mind in the midst of the storm quite well I thought. At least when viewed other than literally.

              2. profile image52
                WalkWithJesusposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                Meditating on God's law does not mean to meditate in our minds. There is a vast difference, Please see my Hub about schizophrenia.
                Meditation through Yoga is not permitted by God.
                Yoga is a trick made up by the serpent, the devil. I will not explain everything in here, but it is totally not approved by God.

                1. pennyofheaven profile image78
                  pennyofheavenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                  Where does it say that?

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                  Emile Rposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                  lol I don't mean to laugh, but you can't be serious. I've always wondered why the fundamentalists look down so harshly on yoga. To claim God, himself, has weighed in on the issue is ludicrous. I'm a little flabbergasted at the serpent comment. How did you come to that conclusion?

                  1. profile image52
                    WalkWithJesusposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                    I don't mean to make you "laugh" - if you really did, of course out of ignorance.
                    And yes, I can certainly and am serious.
                    I don't claim God, I cite God.
                    The devil has you by your own tongue and you don't know it.
                    A higher awareness is strictly forbidden in his Will.
                    Enlightenment through the third eye (accessed through yoga) was originated by Hinduism, one warned religion that salutes idolatry and stepping out of the Commandments to fulfill their religion - the devil's religions.

              3. profile image52
                WalkWithJesusposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                Meditating on his law means to keep it in mind in everything that we do consciously, not the act of drifting away from disconnecting of the world inside our heads. It is not only extremely dangerous but a sin.

                1. pennyofheaven profile image78
                  pennyofheavenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                  It doesn't seem like you have experienced meditation by your comments? Do you actually know what it is?

                  1. profile image52
                    WalkWithJesusposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                    Apparently you don't. You think it is some sort of mind stimulation that leads to no danger. You are obviously unaware of the spiritual nature around you that you cannot see.
                    Yoga is a form of witchcraft, and any is forbidden by the law of God.
                    We are taught to meditate through his word, and not literally "meditate" like a monk. You obviously know nothing of the Pineal Gland.

                  2. profile image52
                    WalkWithJesusposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                    What you don't know will in fact turn you against yourself. What you do will save you. You don't need to "meditate" to fulfill completeness. You never can and never will through the help of unclean spirits. Only through God and Jesus will you accomplish this. Prayer is meditating through him, not the type of meditating that requires total release of the mind only to be caught by unwanted forces. They're not going to tell you, they're way smarter than you. That's how you got into it in the first place.

                2. Disappearinghead profile image59
                  Disappearingheadposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                  Of course you can back up your claims with scripture, logical argument, and testable evidence? Or are your claims based on what some schmuck told you on God TV?

              4. MelissaBarrett profile image61
                MelissaBarrettposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                There are two major possible ways to go with religion as a believer.  The first is to accept that faith is a journey and you will continue to learn new things and reevaluate answers your entire life.  The second is to accept that the first answer from the text or your clergy is the absolute law and then move on to answering the next question you have definitively.

                The first path accepts new ideas and evolves, but lacks the security that comes with "a final answer".  The second path has the comfort of more solid answers to their questions, but perceives anything that doesn't fall within their specific views as an affront to their deity (read abomination).

                Regardless, the physical part of yoga (including the relaxation and deep breathing techniques) helps with chronic pain for many people (myself included).  Before your wife tries it on her own though, she should get clearance from her doctor and at least some basic training from an instructor who will teach to her specific physical level.  Instruction can be expensive, but if you have a YMCA (I'm assuming you are american) in your area, personal instruction is exceedingly reasonable financially.  In fact, the YMCA will sometimes waive the cost completely for those "officially" disabled or those who can show financial hardship.

                1. Disappearinghead profile image59
                  Disappearingheadposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                  Well observed Melissa and so true. I spent many many years on the second path before I moved to the first. Though in all that time I forever had nagging doubts about the second one. But to have those doubts was to be "not a proper Christian". And yes I too have discovered that the first path does not come with security, but I think it's a price worth paying.

                  As to the yoga, my wife just told me that she tried Pilates but it just left her in more pain.

                  Im not an American, so YMCA just conjures images of the Village People for me. lol

    2. pennyofheaven profile image78
      pennyofheavenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Anything that help to stimulate deeper thought is always a good thing for me.

  6. Tusitala Tom profile image66
    Tusitala Tomposted 9 years ago

    What's all this crap about stretching!  Yoga's a bit more than that.  You could say that stretching is a part of it, designed to keep the body flexible and healthy whilst the Yogi gets on with the real job.  So what is the real job?   To yoke with the Divine within oneself.  In other words it is a self-imposed practice to reach and meld permanently with the God-part of our own selves.

    The very first Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (200 to 300 BC) is "Yoga is the science of controlling the activities of the mind."   The third sutra reads: "He whose mind is completely still becomes aware of his true nature."   Bit more than stretching on a Yoga mat, eh?

    1. pennyofheaven profile image78
      pennyofheavenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      A still mind is a great thing. Liking yoga more and more

    2. MelissaBarrett profile image61
      MelissaBarrettposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      If you were offended by my statement, I apologize.

      I wonder though, if you see the possible irony of becoming over-defensive of a perceived slight on a process that is supposed to bring inner peace.

  7. profile image0
    Emile Rposted 9 years ago

    I challenge you to find the position downward dog outlined in the New Testament. Barring that, I would think all similarities are incidental.

    1. pennyofheaven profile image78
      pennyofheavenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You want me to find that?

      1. profile image0
        Emile Rposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Cool. Yes, please do. smile

        1. pennyofheaven profile image78
          pennyofheavenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Nope couldn't find any thing with downward dog? Ok tell all??

  8. jeyaramd profile image73
    jeyaramdposted 9 years ago

    Each soul is potentially divine.  The goal is to manifest this Divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal.  Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy--by one, or more, or all of these--and be free.  This is the whole of religion.  Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.

    1. pennyofheaven profile image78
      pennyofheavenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Do you think nature externally can be controlled? Or are you talking about something else?

 
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