We are revisiting a sensitive topic today. Christians practicing yoga and believing that they are doing beneficial stretching exercises, or that by meditating on Jesus as they practice the postures (asanas) they ‘bypass’ the Hindu (pagan) origin of yoga.
Spiritual formation, “be still” meditation, breathing techniques, “Christian” yoga, holy yoga, “the sacred feminine,” labyrinths, circle making – all are an extension of exotic religions, eastern mysticism, and Buddhist/Hindu tools to reach “the divine within” – and have crept into church media, books, music and movies.
These techniques are simply trying to infuse Hindu concepts and disciplines with Christian meaning. Yoga is all about the Hindu religion.
According to Hinduism, man is already divine, and that divinity only needs to be “awakened” through Yoga. No sin – thus no need for a Savior. Man will save himself. In place of God’s Word as the ultimate authority, a new higher authority called “experience” is embraced.
Can secular (or pagan) yoga be turned into holy yoga? If holy yoga allows Christians to “hear God and experience Him in previously impossible ways,” then why is the Bible silent about yoga? Why didn’t Jesus teach yoga? To “become more authentic people” and truly hear God, do we really need to borrow a technique from Hinduism?
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