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Is Yoga OK For Christians

Is Yoga ok for Christians?

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The chief aim of the Christian is to know God and glorify HIM forever.
---Donna66 on 2/21/11

Thank you. My goal also as it is yours.

I also know that I am to glorify God in my body as well as my spirit.

We Christians have fallen down here. We quote the verse "bodily exercize profiteth little" as we gulp down the food at the local all-you-can-eat joint. We choose to shun programs like Yoga on very superficial reasons when we need the benefits of Yoga's exercises to cut the glut from our midsections.

How will the world see we are different when we look like they do? When you eat with an Orthodox Jew, its quickly apparent they are different. Would unsaved people see any difference if they dined with us?
---Mark_Eaton on 2/22/11


Mark_Eaton: Thank God I am 51 too. Trekking, running, exercising with house chores are good enough exercises for me, i will never need Yoga. You can ask God to show you if you should continue with Yoga or not, HE knows all perfectly, we are limited.
---Adetunji on 2/22/11


There are so many useful exercises that you can devise & do. It is not compulsory to partake in exercises designed for Hindu worship.
---Adetunji on 2/21/11

What exercises are you describing? Martial arts? Weight lifting? Running? Stretching? I already do these.

Since you obviously do not know about Yoga let me enlighten you. Yoga is a series of movements and poses that improve your balance, flexibility, coordination, posture, strength, and stamina. As we get older (I am 51) we especially lose balance and flexibility. Yoga can improve these weaknesses like nothing else without the need for expensive equipment.

The spiritual aspects of Yoga can be left out making it an exercise program only.
---Mark_Eaton on 2/21/11


The chief aim of yoga in Eastern religions is to to "know yourself".

The chief aim of the Christian is to know God and glorify HIM forever.

I guess you would have to ask yourself if you can practice the exercises of yoga apart from their original goal. Can you continue to focus on God, not yourself, while doing yoga exercizes? Do you believe that yoga has actual "spiritual" power?
Or do you believe it is merely a cultural expression of the people who devised it?

These are things to ponder and settle in your own heart and mind, before you undertake the practice of yoga.
---Donna66 on 2/21/11


The problem with yoga is the amount of dedication to the art that is required to achieve its stated untimate goal, inner peace. No earthly practice can give this true peace. Dedicate the same amount of time and energy in knowing God and he will give you true peace. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you." John 14:27. Anything that takes your attention from God is an idol.
---Harold on 2/21/11




If the Japanese car i am using was dedicated to idol gods or formerly used in their worship, then you have a point. Japanese built car is not the same as Yoga practice. There are so many useful exercises that you can devise & do. It is not compulsory to partake in exercises designed for Hindu worship.
---Adetunji on 2/21/11


He is sure that Yoga is an element of Hindu worship (stay clear of Yoga!).
---Adetunji on 2/16/11

And I am sure your Japanese car was built by workers who are either Shinto or Buddhist.

Why does this matter to you?

It is not the origin of the thing that hurts us, but how WE use it.

In 1 Cor 10, Paul dealt with meat sacrified to idols but the concept is the same. If Yoga bothers you, do not partake. However, all the things contained in the world is our Lords, and so is Yoga. I choose to partake in Yoga because I know it will not hurt me.

But if it causes you to stumble when you see me partake in Yoga, then I would abstain for my witness to you.
---Mark_Eaton on 2/16/11


Mark_Eaton: There is a contribution from "Daniel" on another blog on Yoga on this website which you should read. He is sure that Yoga is an element of Hindu worship (stay clear of Yoga!).
---Adetunji on 2/16/11


Avoid YOGA, avoid it completely.
---Adetunji on 2/14/11

I disagree with this statement. I attend Hatha Yoga classes and NO spritualism is taught, simply breathing, asanas, and poses.

Besides, get your behind off the couch and do something.

1 Cor 6:19-20 "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body"
---Mark_Eaton on 2/14/11


1 Timothy 4:8 "For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things,...". Avoid YOGA, some exercises are entrance way to the EVIL one. Who originated Yoga? What was the designed purpose? If it actually has some parts that are linked to evil worship, avoid it completely.
---Adetunji on 2/14/11




Yoga does NOT originate from paganism, it comes from INDIA. where one of the oldest text ever writen was created, the yoga sutra (NOT the karma sutra). The hatha yoga pradipika is the first yogic text to contain text and images and is older than the bible.
Yoga is NOT a religon and follows many of the same beliefs that christianity does. It just asks for the people that practice to be accepting and understanding of others.
Yoga is a great exercise, I have trained with many great teachers and actual teach in a church hall. I dont do chanting etc. I think you should all open your minds to the wonderful benefits of this ancient art (which started even before martial arts)
---flex on 2/12/11


As long as you don't get involved with the spiritual side of it, the relaxation and stretching part is physically beneficial.
As with money, Yoga has it's origins from paganism, which to some would make it evil.I think there is a vast difference between us using it or it using us.I have a few elderly friends who practice a few Yoga moves that aid their arthritic joints. In a case like that there is no harm.
---john on 4/15/08


Right back at you, catherine. That goes for Joyce Meyers as well.
---Davis on 7/14/07


I enjoy yoga, it relaxes me and is a great form of exercise. I don't even look at yoga as spiritual, just a way to rejuvanate my body.
---Katie on 7/14/07


Anything that you put as a substitute for the true God, is at the height of stupidity. Stupidity. Even religion.
---catherine on 7/3/07


Why would you want to dabble in yoga? Can yoga talk, can yoga hear, can yoga save you from Hell, Can yoga comfort you like God can? Can you snuggle up to yoga? Can yoga answer prayers? Can you spend eternity with yoga? No arguments. God instead of yoga.
---catherine on 7/1/07


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I learned some Yoga moves, but no 'humming or chanting.' Frankly if you want to do a proper exercise routine these stretching moves are a great warm up!
---NVBarbara on 6/30/07


The mantras that are objectionable and the non-Christian religious ones. These are forms of worship to pagan Gods and should not be used. If you are using a mantra and you do not understand yourself what it actually means then you should not say it (many offending mantras are not in English), and if you know that it is a pagan prayer, then you should definitely not say it.
---lorra8574 on 6/24/07


I feel when we get into putting anything above Christ it is not for Christians. Nothing and no one should occupy that position in our lives. Yoga gets into chanting and meditating on other things besides Christ, if so, not for Christians.
---Robyn on 6/23/07


Anonymous, I never said being in The Zone was pleasurable. You may also want to rethink your position since sexual relations between married couples bring pleasure to the flesh and God is certainly not anti-sex. We are also told to greet each other with a holy kiss. The lips are a highly receptive area of the body and kissing is a fleshly pleasurable action. When you made your comment you may have lept before you looked, that's dangerous.
---Ryan_Z on 6/22/07


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Anonymus mabye its not a flesh sensation mabye its a spirit sensation...i'm not sure if that one is from God...unless your in the zone of God, thats a great sensation
---mark_B. on 6/22/07


I would watch out for mantras... the only thing that you should be meditating on is God or the bible...unless there is like a mantra of pictures of the cross or bible verses...
But seriouslly stay away from mantras that opens serious doors to the spirit realm allowing demons to influence you
---mark_B. on 6/22/07


***Being in The Zone is an interesting sensation***

Anything that brings pleasure to our flesh needs to die. Paul said, "I die daily." A sensation brought on by being in the Zone, a false security, a false feeling, whatever you want to call it, if you think it's okay, then you are in error, please repent quickly, for Jesus is coming back for a bride without spot or wrinkle and without false beliefs.
---anonymous on 6/22/07


Yoga, Yoda, whats the difference? All this fuss over a little muppet character in the movies! his ears are scary, demonic looking!

Or did you mean yogert?

Seriously; If yoga is bad then Karate is bad, then days of the week, (all pagan) Democracy is a 100% pagan concept, on it goes.....There is enough 'real' evil out there.
---MikeM on 6/22/07


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Is Yoga ok for Christians. No. Why would you use an artificial method, When you have communion with the Father? Who needs Yoga? Can Yoga talk? Can you talk to Yoga. Can you get answers pertaining to life? We, Christians, Don't depend on Yoga. We, Christians, Depend only on God. Yoga is only for those people who does not know the true God. It looks good, important. Thy shalt have no other gods before me. What can Yoga do that God cannot do? Don't slap God in the face by dabbling in Yoga.
---catherine on 6/22/07


wat about mantras can christians use mantras?
---jamea5375 on 6/22/07


Steveng, didn't see anything overly brilliant in your answer.
---Simon on 6/21/07


Steveng, I am not sure about any attraction of gods, but in excercise there is something known as "The Zone". It's not attraction of gods, it's easy to see how a pagan mind could think it though. Being in The Zone is an interesting sensation.
---Ryan_Z on 6/22/07


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Ahh, yes, yoga. Breath in the Holy Spirit, breath out the evil spirits.

Besides the superficial knowledge most of you seem to have about yoga, postures are associated with certain gods. I read thirty years ago that certain gods have certain postures and when an earth person sits in the same posture of that god he is trying to attract, he is in resonance with that god. And when you clear your mind of earthly thoughts, the god's mind and your mind connects. Remember this at your next yoga class.
---Steveng on 6/21/07


MikeM...LOL....That was "YODA"
---Susie on 6/21/07


I do not believe YOGA is a good idea for a Christian. There is too much Hindu influence in it for Christians to be able to participate.
---maryj9396 on 6/21/07


I'm glad that Christianity is not a popularity club. We can speak the truth in love; it you don't make it in with the incrowd, no big deal.
Yoga is yoga. Even Hindu's recognize that "Christian Yoga" is still Hindu. "Hatha Yoga is just exercise and cannot harm." Yoga poses (asanas) and breath control (pranayama) - occultic enlightenment, self realization. Relabeling yoga for Christians, an eastern occult practice rooted in paganism.
---Culver on 6/21/07


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The new standard for right and wrong,
"If it looks good and feels spiritual, just do it." Many Christians are doing the Salute to the Sun yogic postures. Christians are turning eastward and doing what holy Hindu men do - Yoga. Christian Yoga, a trendy hybrid of Hinuism. The Science of Breath. Hatha Yoga - spiritual union, reincarnation drawn from Upanishads and Hindu scriptures. Yoga is self culture. Discipline of the mind.
---Culver on 6/21/07


Centering prayer. There's even Christian mantras now. Where do you see Holy Yoga in the Bible? Trinity Yoga. Body Prayer. Get stretched out in worship with worshipful Hindu poses (asanas). Christianizing Yoga is deception. Yoking yourself with the Universal Consciousness. Christian Yogis have nothing to do with Jesus Christ
---Culver on 6/21/07


In the 70's, Transcendental Meditation was all the rage. You went to a pseudo California yogi for your mantra.
Yoga was not so big as it is to today. Real yogis think Americans are yoga quacks because the spiritual side of it is missing.
If you become a Yoga convert, adopting all the principles, you will open yourself up to other worlds (entitities, demons).
It's like going to the Church of Scientology and telling yourself you're only there to see T.Cruise.
---Kirby on 6/21/07


Hatha Yoga was definitely intended to be more than a stretching exercise. Is Yoga OK for Christians? If you have to ask, then something is not quite right, is it?
You didn't need to ask if swimming ballet was OK, did you?
Some California style Christians will tell you anything goes, open minded. A throwback to the flower child/hippie dippy days. I know some of those in their 50's, still sporting their long gray hair in ponytails, men and women. Hanging onto the movement.
---Kirby on 6/21/07


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Yoga, a mystical seeking of direct experience of inner realities or truths. It is training in the process of working with senses, body, breath, and mind, that the inner can be experienced directly. Yoga deals with the Esoteric, rather than the Exoteric. Yoga "Exoteric followers have little understanding of the Esoteric seeker. Exoteric follower has simply not traveled far enough to feel the deep-seated Esoteric longing of the mystic and yogi to know the deeper teachings and direct experience.
---Kirby on 6/21/07


Yoga, similar to reading your horoscope in the newspaper everyday vs. becoming an astrology student, having your chart done, etc. It's all in the same house, how far do you want to take it?
Yoga stretching on the first floor of the house, and going deep within, meditation, etc. on the second floor. Third floor, a yogi.
You asked. How much do you want to stick your feet in the water?
---Kirby on 6/21/07


"Yoga is the restraining of the mind (chitta) from taking various forms (vrittis)." Swami Yogananda, termed yoga the "science of mind control." "Yoga," "is a method for restraining the natural turbulence of thoughts, which otherwise impartially prevents all men, of all lands, from glimpsing their true nature of Spirit." He clarifies definition: "yoga, 'union,' science of uniting the individual soul with the Cosmic Spirit.

Some are misinformed.
---Culver on 6/21/07


Yoga is one of those things that's so near the border...it actually might be just over the border of what is acceptable for Christians.

My advice--certainly not a commandment--is stay away from it.

This is a good time to mention that martial arts are to Buddhism what yoga is to Hinduism.
---Jack on 6/21/07


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In hinduism in yoga you do things that you want to stay away from...if your a christian you dont do those things so instead of doing the spiritual aspect do the streching part w/ jesus on your mind...how can you go wrong w/ that
---mark_B. on 6/21/07


Yes yoga is okay. What is wrong with excersing the mind? Nothing.
---Rebecca_D on 6/21/07


OH Heaven's..Supersticion runs amok among 'fundamental and ill-educated "Christians". HATHA YOGA is EXCERSIZE..It is merely breathing and stretching in a structured rhythmic pattern. What is next? We are not allowed to look at the sky...because other religions "worshipped the sun"? Are we living in the Dark Ages..Full of fear and ridiculousness? YES...YOGA IS OKAY FOR CHRISTIANS!!!!!
---barbara on 6/21/07


Yoga was originally a variant of Hinduism and was intended to achieive spiritual union with an impersonal Hindu deity.

In our country, yoga may seem like nothing more than a way to stay healthy, but there is always the risk that one may become involved with its religious nature. Personally, I would avoid it.
---LL on 6/21/07


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I don't see what wrong with yoga. Is he not that green muppet like character who taught Luke Skywalker to be a Jedi knight? Now I have heard everything!
---MikeM on 6/21/07


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