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Practicing Yoga Is Anti-Christian?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Practicing Yoga Is Anti-Christian????
According to
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr.
“Christians are not called to empty the mind, or to see the human body as a means of connecting to and coming to know the divine"

Maybe it’s me, but sometimes I feel like some of these religious leaders look for ideas to drive people apart instead of finding ways that will bring them closer together.
It is as if they are running political campaigns.
But to pick on Yoga?...OH PULEEZE, give me a break.

Some people need to take a hike


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BABS828 10/14/2010 1:30PM

  First I will say that I am Catholic. Last night at my university I went to go see a real exorcist from Indiana. His name is Father Vincent Lampert It was cool and he talked about a lot of different things. What is involved when performing an exorcism etc. Some of his stories were very interesting. At the end of the talk we were allowed to ask him questions and this one came up! Father Vincent said that yoga (technically) is a form of pagan worship (so that messes with the first commandment), then the questioner asked, "what about christian yoga, the kind where there is no chanting or anything." The exorcist said you never know what you are getting yourself into. I am NOT saying that I agree with him just letting you know what Father Lambert said. If anyone is interested you can look at this link from and the Star Ledger:

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HLTHYETER 10/12/2010 8:10AM

    It would seem my Baptist friends always need to find something in which to find "devilish activity." Please be assured this is not the belief of the majority of Christians. While Yoga does incorporate religious thought it does not change one into a "heathen." Good for those who can set this whole craziness aside.

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ASPENHUGGER 10/11/2010 1:48PM

    You can do that for 5 seconds?! emoticon
You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!

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DESERTDREAMERS 10/10/2010 9:56PM

    A friend showed me that article on the computer the other night - what an idiot!

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    how often do you do yoga? do you like it, the boat pose aside? I tried one class, but may try it again.

tell the crazy Christians to lay off.

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JILLINWONDER 10/10/2010 6:19PM

    It's our puritanical heritage -- you're not supposed to connect the spirit with the body. Bad!

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CYCLINGRJ 10/10/2010 4:33PM

    Apparently, the Christian world is not listening to him (and why should they) --

Here's some Christians who practice yoga and view yoga as a means for physical conditioning:
Here is a condensed URL for that site:
R>For some reason SPARKPEOPLE's website splits up URL (web addresses), and then causes odd bold text - the bold text below was unintentional.

And they are not the only ones:

Here is a compressed URL for that site:

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KARENZIO 10/10/2010 3:31PM

    I heard about this. Religious leaders come up with the strangest stuff sometimes. I'm happy I'm an atheist so I can just laugh it off and keep practicing!

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SARAHSHRTY 10/10/2010 3:27PM

    Really, there is nothing else out there in the world this man can focus on! (Rolling my eyes)!

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MCSNYDER1 10/10/2010 2:54PM

    I live in the heart of the Bible Belt. I was raised Southern Baptist. I went to a private Baptist College. I still live in the town where that college is. I am a Christian. That being said.....I have spent most of my adult life trying to "get over" my Baptist upbringing!!!

an out your own house of sin before you tackle mine!!!

Great Blog. I almost ran off the road when I heard this on my car radio the other day!!!!

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JBARBOUR1 10/10/2010 2:46PM

    That's crazy. Most American use yoga for exercise or to meditate, not for religious purposes.

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PATRICIAANN46 10/10/2010 2:36PM

  Maybe if he spent more time twisting his body, he could untwist his mind!!! My daughter-in-law's yoga class is held in a church basement...........obviously not his!!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/10/2010 2:27PM

    Oh my goodness how absurd!!!!

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    Whatever will they criticize...Next!!!! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/10/2010 2:03PM

    There are a lot of fanatics in the world and some of them prefer to congregate in areas like religion. These loonies seem to ruin anything that are around no matter what is. Government, politics, religion, even the PTA. LOL. They have done away with Halloween here because it is pagan. Nutty.

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STRINGI719 10/10/2010 12:05PM

    I read that article on yahoo the other day!

I thought to myself, "Seriously? All the terrible CRAP going on in the world, and this guy wants to take aim at YOGA???"

I'm thinking he might want to refocus his attention somewhere else? emoticon Heaven help us if these are the people in charge of our churches!

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LADYIRISH317 10/10/2010 11:51AM

    This "minister" would be better advised to spend less of his time knocking other people and more of it on working with the homeless, tutoring troubled kids, or ANY of the multiple positive things we can do to help others.

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THECRAZYMANGO 10/10/2010 11:17AM

    So... this is a bit deja vu for me. On facebook, a guy I like posted this exact article. That means he can't be half bad right? By the way, sometimes I really think leaders need to think about things before they preach them... seriously.. yoga.. not christian? When you don't think before you talk, you sure can look foolish. At least, when I have I didn't do it in front of my church. emoticon

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VARELSE 10/10/2010 11:07AM

    As an athiest, I don't have anything to contribute to the religious discussion, but... I do love your sense of humor :)

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LINDAKAY228 10/10/2010 11:05AM

    I saw that article yesterday and thought this person has has no idea what they're talking about. Many years ago I was part of a very fundamentalist group, some call a cult, that thought everything just about was "of the devil". I've changed a lot since then but know that group would probably have agreed about the yoga. But I think yoga can be used to help me connect with myself and my power greater than myself for peace within me. For me that power is God and in the peace and quiet I can connect with Him. But there will always be some people or groups who put down or call evil anything outside their narrow interprestation of good.

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ELSEEBEE 10/10/2010 10:25AM

    I heard a wonderful radio commentary from a Chrisitian who said she uses yoga to pray and connect with Christ. When I hear guys like this minister, I just have to laugh and picture the look on his face when he gets to heaven - and finds his God conducting a yoga class!

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STRINGS58 10/10/2010 10:11AM

    It is hard for me to respond to this without dripping with cynicism and a reflection of the lack of tolerance. These are Baptists. I've known many good people who are Baptist, and I've listened to a number of Baptist ministers play the "we're right, they're wrong" card, directed towards any other religion or domination.

The fear of enlightenment includes the possibility that the clergy won't be able to control the intelligent thought of the enlightened one. They want followers and obedience not free-thinking.

I have to stop now because I'm about to growl.

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MRE1956 10/10/2010 9:20AM

    I'm sorry, but I simply don't buy that line of reasoning - whenever I've done yoga, I've never found it to be religious in tone - in any way, shape or form......sheesh! What are some people THINKING?


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TERRI289 10/10/2010 9:11AM

    I am so with you on this!! That boat pose can be a killer!!!! emoticon

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PCOH051610 10/10/2010 8:35AM

    I agree with Kendall7261's comment. I dislike organized religion that very reason. They are so busy coming up with rules and regulations that many of the leaders fail to see the good in anything.

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MEADSBAY 10/10/2010 8:26AM

    He needs to go stand on his head!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/10/2010 8:20AM

    That is the most ridiculous thing I heard! Lol

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WOMANCHEF 10/10/2010 8:03AM

    Don't even get me started on this subject! Yoga is good for your body and soul. It is even offered in my Presbyterian Church!

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ALI_CAT9 10/10/2010 7:49AM

    Totally agree!!!

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 10/10/2010 7:41AM

    I am taking a yoga class and consider myself christian. I agree some religious leaders just look for things to find fault and to add to their control of people.

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KENDALL7261 10/10/2010 7:32AM

  Organized religion couldn't organize a picnic if the ants brought everything!
Yoga is good for the soul!

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