It’s amazing how God works, isn’t it?
Last year, my company took the initiative to promote wellness and well-being by offering different seminars on healthy eating, nutrition, and stress relief. Yesterday was the seminar on stress relief.
As part of this initiative, they are going to have a 12 week yoga class in our office after hours.
Being a discerning Christian, I realized that yoga is a bad idea. But, having an interest in keeping my job, I decided not to tell anyone that yoga is not a good thing to do. If anyone asks if I’m going, I will politely tell them I’m not and the reasons why.
As I was perusing the Charisma News website, I came across the article mentioned in my post. So that’s twice in a week. Okay, God, I’m listening.
That’s why I’m writing this post. If He had his hand in this, then I’m writing this for Him and for all of you as well.
Yoga has been around for close to five thousand years. It is more than just a series of moves and stretches; it is also used as a path for one to grow spiritually. The yogis believe that, through yoga, one can connect to the god within us. They believe that God is all around us and in everything. Therefore, we are God. This flies in the face of what Christians believe: we believe God is a completely separate person.
At the heart of the practice of yoga is spiritual growth. Yogis believe that yoga isn’t just about different physical exercises; it’s also about engaging your mind and spirit as part of the exercise. They believe you need to experience ‘kundalini’ in order to get the most from yoga. This involves aligning your ‘chakras’ so that you can experience the fullness of spiritual grown and the ability to learn spiritual lessons.
By opening your mind and body through these practices, you are also creating a door through which other things can enter, such as demonic spirits. I don’t think I need to tell you what kinds of issues this can cause.
I’m sure some of you might be thinking that I sound pretty wacky and far out but this isn’t something that is far-fetched. And I think any discerning Christian should take stock if they are practicing yoga an decide if it’s really worth the risk.A quick Bing search (yes, I do prefer Bing to Google…diversity, right?) shows that there are some churches that are offering yoga classes.
Should the church be engaging in this? After thinking about some of the things I’ve read, the answer is no. It’s difficult to separate the physical aspect from the spiritual. The very nature of the positions can open you up to things that you don’t want to be open to. And the spiritual nature of yoga teaches you to focus on yourself rather than on God, a huge no-no when it comes to Christianity.
Whether or not your decide to practice yoga is strictly your decision. Just be aware of the consequences of any practice that takes you away from God and into the realm of mysticism and the New Age. It’s a journey from which you may never come back.