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HomeFree89
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 Christians and Yoga?

Should a Christian think about doing it even if you don't meditate? My piano teacher asked me this a while ago and the only thing I had really read said that you can't separate the exercises from the religious beliefs that surround them.

Jordan


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Jordan

 2007/10/28 19:29Profile
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 Re: Christians and Yoga?

I've heard KP Yohannan preach against yoga as Satanic. He is a wonderful brother from India, and he may see the community around yoga and it's practitioners as Satanically controlled, since he is Indian I feel that he probably has more insight on it than a Westerner might.

He argues that the point of Yoga and the meditation is to open yourself up to the spiritual world -and in the case of most Yoga practitioners that means opening oneself to the enemy.


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Ian Smith

 2007/10/28 20:56Profile









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I don't know that the exercises themselves are dangerous - but the meditations are.

I attended a yoga class back in university. Before going, my friend told me about the meditation session and said, "just try to move your little finger when you're in the trance... bet you can't!"

Well, at the end of the exercise session, we laid on our backs, closed our eyes, and the instructer led us through some imagery with her very melodically hypnotic voice... we were in a garden... flowers all around... I remembered my buddy's bet... tried to move my little finger, and it barely did...

That was the last time I attended yoga class - good thing I'm a control freak!

I don't believe exercise or even learning martial arts are necessarily "evil" - learning to punch, kick, wield a staff or sword are skills even David and Solomon learned. Taking kickboxing or Karate can't be more or less of a moral dilemma than learning to point and shoot a gun, drive a tank, etc...

Submitting your mind to another's control... that's another thing entirely.

 2007/10/29 2:29
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 Re: Christians and Yoga?

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HomeFree89 wrote:
Should a Christian think about doing it even if you don't meditate? My piano teacher asked me this a while ago and the only thing I had really read said that you can't separate the exercises from the religious beliefs that surround them.

Jordan



What you read is right. I don't have time now to explain what is behind these exercises but I'll tell you what an Indian yoghin told about these exercises in a conference:

"Whoever practices yoga just for health and beauty, it's better for him to practice swimming. He has no reason to practice yoga. Yoga is for those who are interested to evolve spiritually."

These exercises are just means by which the adepts of yoga tries to present yoga in a good light. You accept it today a little but you see the consequences tomorrow.
May God protect you.


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Vasile Filip

 2007/10/29 10:37Profile
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For what it's worth (and I don't know how reliable the source) I've heard that the actual positions used in yoga are actually postures of worship to other gods. If this is true, practicing yoga just for the meditation would be like putting a pentagram on your wall just because you like the design. I'd stay far far away, just in case. Chris


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Chris Wiebe

 2007/10/29 10:55Profile
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[size=xx-small]For what it's worth (and I don't know how reliable the source) I've heard that the actual positions used in yoga are actually postures of worship to other gods. If this is true, practicing yoga just for the meditation would be like putting a pentagram on your wall just because you like the design. I'd stay far far away, just in case. Chris[/size]

[size=large]Amen[/size]


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James Hargett

 2007/10/29 11:55Profile
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Should a Christian think about doing it even if you don't meditate? My piano teacher asked me this a while ago and the only thing I had really read said that you can't separate the exercises from the religious beliefs that surround them.



I think it is a faithful saying that for a Christian to even be named among such a pagan practice is to cease to sanctify the Lord before the eyes of those around them.


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Robert Wurtz II

 2007/10/29 12:51Profile
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Mind if I suggest a principle that may help one to discern whether issues like this are acceptable to a godly person? Can you find any godly person in the entire scriptures who practiced [i]anything[/i] like this at all? and if so what did the LORD have to say about it?

Prayer, as defined in the Scriptures, is simply communing with God in your spirit and mind. It requires no imagery, no visualization to do this. These come close to idolatry. Anything else that comes along that would suggest this thing, practice will enhance your communion with God can rightly be considered false. The only thing that will HINDER one's communion with God is SIN. Pure and simple.

Seems to me the enemy has a knack of coming along and complicating spiritual things, like practicing yoga.... and I'll bet you have to pay someone to learn it. Doing things God's way you do not need a penny to learn it! Just a heart that longs for God! Is this not wonderful?!

Blessings,
ginnyrose


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Sandra Miller

 2007/10/29 13:50Profile
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Wow, thank you all so much for all the feed back. There is much wisdom here and I really appreciate it.

Jordan


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My wife and I did a session of yoga. It was called 'restorative' yoga. I went solely for the stretch but when I arrived I found out it wouldn't be that much stretching. I was leery about doing it then but I decided to do it just for the experience to see what goes on during it. I made a blog post about my experience.

I think yoga stretching is probably one of the best stretching techniques out there BUT because it is linked with Buddhism's form of spiritual is there an open door to the occult in just doing the stretching? In theory I wouldn't think so but is there a seduction that I am unaware of?
btw, the term "Seduction' has been a word that has been ringing in my heart and my head here recently.

John
Click my blog to see my experience with a yoga class.


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