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Yoga from a Biblical Standpoint

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

This may not interest all of my spark friends but might be of interest to some who claim Christianity or Messianic Judaism like me.

I think I mentioned before that I had intended to do Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I know that there are some people who have a major problem with Yoga. As a believer, I have always thought that there is nothing wrong with Yoga as long as I do not pay tribute to any of the Hindu gods. I did some research on it today because I wanted to make sure, before I got heavily involved in yoga, that I could honestly say I'd done my research. I did find out that the yoga poses were created to worship Hindu gods. That didn't set well with me. Yet at the same time, I don't want to be one of those people that throws the baby out with the bathwater. I've seen it time and time again. People will get so over zealous about removing anything from their life that might have some root of evil in it that there's not much left that they can do. Then, when its too much to bear, they just go back to all their old ways- sometimes completely burned out on G-d altogether. When a decision is made, it has to be genuine. It can't be made because that person said this and this person said that. It can't be done to please others and it can't be done on a whim. I say that because I've made some of those tough decisions- like when I chose to quit celebrating Christmas and stop eating pork and shellfish. I don't push my beliefs on anyone. It is not for me to judge. But, I know that those were decisions that I needed to make and I've never looked back, never regretted them, never changed my mind.

With that in mind, I set out to make a decision that was right for me. I thought about when the Apostle Paul talked about eating meat offered to idols- that it wasn't the meat itself that harmed a person. He talked more about not offending someone. I think that in this sense its not just offending someone, but creating a stumbling block. So, I think that doing Yoga poses in and of themselves for health purposes is fine but that if it was offensive to another its not good. By that I don't mean when this person or that gets a proud aire and says, "Hmph, I would never do that. She must not have a right relationship with G-d." But if I were to lead someone astray to quit serving the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and begin to serve idols; then that is what the Apostle Paul is talking about. I did make one decision- that traditional yoga with all the Hindu meditation is not for me. I don't feel comfortable with awakening my chakra or any of those types of things. I like the poses themselves for strength and flexibility, but any version that is more "spiritual" in the eastern religion sense is not for me. Most of the sites that claimed that Yoga is wrong stated that it is wrong because Hinduists will tell you that it cannot be separated from the religion. That's where I got a little belligerent. Really? Someone is going to tell me what I can and cannot do religiously? No one can control my mind or my heart. It reminds me of the people that tell my husband and I that we cannot be Jewish and believe in Jesus. Um, no, we can and we will.

There was one website that I was especially interested in. Its www.praisemoves.com and looks like something that I could invest in for homeschooling. PE is apparently the most neglected subject in homeschooling. I liked how many of her poses were G-d centered or based on the Hebrew Aleph-Bet. She even has one specifically for kids. However, this is not something that I can afford at this time and there wasn't much on youtube although there were a couple of videos. What I did find on Youtube was the channel called Holy Yoga. This appealed to me because very worshipful Christian music was played and there was most definitely a G-dly presence. That is the one that I will do tomorrow. I'm not even going to go as far as saying that I will not do any secular based yoga at all. I watched a Jillian Michael's yoga video on youtube and I didn't see anything weird or off spiritually. If that is something that I need to change at a later date then I will do so. If it turns out there are specific poses that I do not feel comfortable with, then I just won't do them.

In closing, I'm not making any grand statements or shoving anything down anyone's throat. However, I believe that when making a decision, one must always do research and be well informed. I think that holds true to everybody regardless of religion. Know what you believe and practice what you preach. Nothing aggravates me more than someone who spouts off about something with little to no knowledge about whatever it is that they are being dogmatic about. I appreciate people who intelligently research things and make decisions based on truth.
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IMREITE 12/11/2013 1:16AM

    i like yoga for dummies. it focuses on the breath and movement. i will admit i dont like meditation during yoga. i prefer to focus on breath and my range of motion when i stretch. i sometimes will offer a short prayer before i start but otherwise i try to get my mind clear so i can do moves with proper alignment.

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ENDUROVET 12/10/2013 6:07PM

    Thanks for posting - I have recently started a book about the history (& controversy) of yoga in America, "The Great Om"... I'll try to post a book review when I finish it!

I have dabbled w/yoga for many years, & never felt it interfered w/my spirituality.

Also putting in a vote for DDP "Yoga for Regular Guys" - just exercise, no spiritual emphasis! Not to mention Diamond Dallas Page is a hoot.

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MKC12108 12/10/2013 12:01PM

  Thank you for sharing your findings. I have found out that find that sometimes you have to adapt things to your life and situation no matter what other people feel or believe.

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UNSWEETMAMA 12/10/2013 11:22AM

    If you have a few minutes, you may want to read this article about how yoga poses may have been "borrowed" from Scandinavian gymnastics.

http://www.yogajournal.com/
wisdom/2610

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WENDYSPARKS 12/10/2013 9:29AM

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CHRIAMARIA1983 12/10/2013 9:28AM

    One little update to my research- if anyone is interested- the religious "non-yoga" program I mentioned forms some poses based on the Hebrew Aleph- Bet. I'd mentioned that bit, but in further study I found that there is an actual form of this called Ophanim. Its based in Kabbalah which is Jewish mysticism. I wonder if the lady who created that program was aware of this. If one would be against the practice of Hinduism they would also be against the practice of Kabbalah. It just proved to me more that you can't strictly take a few body stretches and label them as idol worship just based on the moves themselves. G-d created our bodies to move and we need to honor Him in our workouts.

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FEMISLIM 12/10/2013 8:51AM

    Thanks for sharing. Remain blessed!!'

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MSFROGGIE 12/10/2013 8:14AM

    Thank you for sharing. And it's between you and God. He knows your heart, and that is what matters!

Have fun!

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CELIAMINER 12/10/2013 6:14AM

    Guess I'm lucky to practice in a studio that focuses on making me stronger and more flexible. In the years I've practiced there, not one instructor has mentioned any gods, and the meditation involves going inside myself to find my stillness. There is nothing magical or worshipful about yoga poses unless you choose to acknowledge them as such, and I don't.

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HORSEHABIT 12/10/2013 5:45AM

    You blog was very interesting- thanks for sharing.
I'm thinking "pilates"...altho I haven't looked that up either!
Have a Blessed day!!!
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THINFITKINDVGAN 12/10/2013 5:28AM

    I applaud your research and adherence to your religious beliefs.

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BTRX71 12/10/2013 1:23AM

    Good for you! I admire that you researched for yourself and decided what would be right for YOU. Enjoy your workouts!

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