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This is such a great post! Thanks for sharing your experience! I think it really shows how yoga is so spiritually powerful, but that it need not be spiritually dangerous. We do have to make choices to protect ourselves. I have found that purely secular yoga classes can feel sort of empty to me, like a missed opportunity, even though they are good exercise. Holy Yoga allows me to connect with Christ at a time when my own spirit is very open to Him.

Love, love, love your James reference. A good and perfect gift, indeed!

Nice "meeting" you! :)


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2/12/14 2:55 P

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Hello, yoga enthusiasts!
My name is Lucy, I'm Catholic, and I have been on *both* sides of the debate.
Several years back, I started taking yoga at a Hindu/Buddhist (!) shrine near my home. We live in a rural area, it was all there was at the time, and I thought, "I know who MY Lord is-- what can it hurt?!" Boy, was I wrong! At the end of the exercise part, she had us chant to some "god" and as there were only a few of us in attendance, I gave in to peer pressure and went along, again thinking this is just silly.
To make a looooong story short, I unwittingly opened doors I wish I hadn't!
Thanks be to God, my family and I are all okay now, but I learned a hard lesson during that season.
Of course, then my pendulum swung the opposite direction, and I got rid of ANYTHING yoga-related in our home, even NON-RELIGIOUS books, DVDs, even my mat, haha! I was just SO fearful of being led back into a dark place. I started watching Johnnette Benkovic ("Women of Grace" ministry), who is vehemently anti-yoga, and that got me even more mixed up. Don't get me wrong, she means well, and she has a really great program that's helped me in other areas, but I think she may go overboard when it comes to yoga!
Today I am in a good place, having found a healthy "middle road"! I do not "spiritualize" my yoga-- I just exercise. My yoga teacher is not a Christian, but at least she teaches in a non-religious studio, and she doesn't "chant" or have "gods" around, or anything like that. This yoga exercise makes me feel good, helps my back, and de-stresses me. As a Catholic, I am taught to respect the truth, beauty and goodness that may be found even outside of my Church. To me, yoga is a gift, and...
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17
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10/14/12 11:05 P

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Thanks for all your comments, Liz. I have just started doing yoga. Right now, I'm doing Leslie Sansone's You Can Do Yoga, which does some of the basic poses. Right now, I'm not too good at it.

But this shows that yoga can be divorced from the Eastern philosophy that often accompanies it. I've ordered Holy Yoga and look forward to it.

Don't give up!

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I'd say it depends on what opens you up most to Christ's presence. For me, I tend to need some flow/work/movement (vinyasa style) before I am able to settle my busy mind and be truly open to God's voice.

That said, styles that are TOO vigorous without movement toward quiet tend not to be helpful to my faith (Bikram is one of those to me. I was so focused on surviving the class to have much focus past my own sweat!).

Many yoga classes have a non-Christian spiritual focus. If you are unable to tune this out and tune into Christ, I'd choose another class. It is worth looking to find a Christ-centered class or video. The Holy Yoga website has class listings and videos.



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10/9/11 4:21 A

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I'm new to yoga and it's been so great! I love meditating while I practice and when I finish I feel like I have not only worked out, but also worshiped. I've been looking at all the different flavors of yoga (to a beginner, it seems like there are a lot!) and I just want to know what you guys think. Are there styles of yoga that are inappropriate for a Christian to practice? Or are they all ok as long as you're focusing on God?

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I am not educated but have had occasion to hear or read things from other religion's and the way I see it they are all like Chritianity when it comes to morals and love one another doing right and things like that, some live a more christian life than many Christians. The BIG difference is their God is dead and buried and the Christian GOD is and always will be very much.

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7/24/11 6:50 P

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Ooh, I like that!

I don't have to convince other people that I can reach my goals. They'll believe me after I do, and I'm not doing this for them anyway.


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Good point! St. Augustine said "all truth is God's truth."


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7/20/11 12:04 P

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I believe that God set up the universe with certain rules of cause and effect that are discernible even to those who don't believe in him. So much of Eastern thought, or Ben Franklin's advice, or even the practical ideas that emerge from pop psychology at its best, echo Solomon's words to his child in Proverbs or Christ's teachings on humility or handling conflict.

So it doesn't seem odd at all to me that a beneficial practice developed by wise teachers in other religions could successfully benefit Christians who use it as a tool to draw closer to God and strengthen the bodies he gave us.

I don't have to convince other people that I can reach my goals. They'll believe me after I do, and I'm not doing this for them anyway.


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2/19/11 10:49 P

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Thank you so much for your quick reply. I'll check out your suggestions! Have a great rest of the weekend...

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Yoga can be tremendously helpful with weight loss, although not in the same way as other forms of exercise. You might not burn as many calories doing yoga as another form of exercise, but the mind/body connection, stress relief and just being in a better place spiritually can go a long way to help you lose weight. I teach one or two classes a week but don't have much opportunity to go to other people's classes so I have relied a lot on DVDs to develop my home practice. I love the ones from Holy Yoga (a great place to start is the book, which comes with a free DVD). www.holyyoga.net

There are a lot of beginner DVDs out there that are not Christian but are not contrary to Christian faith either. You can keep your own practice Christ-centered by focusing on scripture or prayer as you practice. I also like to practice to worship music.

Since you have said that you have a lot of weight to lose, you might want to look into some DVDs that are made particularly for overweight people. I have not seen this DVD, but have read reviews that were positive:

www.amazon.com/HeavyWeight-Yoga-Body
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My very first yoga DVD was called Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss (with Suzanne Deason). Loved it so much I got a DVD when my VHS tape died:

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I just found and happily joined this group. I've taken a few yoga classes when I had a gym membership and loved it. I have quite a large amount of weight to lose. Where is a good place to start? Does anyone have some suggestions for DVDs? Thanks for your help...

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I've really enjoy the Seane Corn DVD. Some of what she says isn't Christian but could easily be seen as Christian. The music in the back ground isn't fantastic but it doesn't give me that check so I used the DVD a few times last week. It's her session 1 DVD.

Today I did a practiced listed in Holy Yoga. The morning one. I enjoyed it. As I memorize it and get better at transitions I know I'll enjoy doing that to my own music more than the DVD.

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I get the DVDs on Tuesday. I'll let yall know.

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My motherinlaw has done very well with Peggy Cappy
s video. Gentle with lots of modifications.

I do like Seane Corn. I don't know what her faith is, but she talks about God a lot and considers her practice a prayer. I do not have any of her videos but have only seen clips. I think that as long as we can keep our focus centered on Christ we can practice Holy Yoga with a teacher (or video) that is not necessarily Christian. I think the problem becomes when the teacher says things that are contrary to what we believe. Or sometimes we will have a little check in our spirit that we should take our practice elsewhere (in my case that has sometimes been the music rather than the instructor). Let us know what you think of Seane's video when you try it (and which video it is if you want to recommend it to us!). She is definitely an excellent instructor.

We know that everything good comes from God!


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How do you feel about Seane Corn. She seems to have a lot to say on yoga. I ordered her DVD because she seems to go in depth about how to do the moves and breathing and smooth transitions. My sister went to a retreat and saw her there. I've seen a few videos on youtube and I like some of what she has to say (applied to God of course)

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thanks for the suggestions, I'll give that a try. I have got to do something my body is so tight

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Welcome, JCHERISE! Glad that you have found us! I have had a few eyebrows raised at church but those who take the time to investigate (and even join a class) see that our practice can be compatible with Christianity. :)

I hear you, KOKOEK9, on the expense of classes and certainly made even more complicated by having no way to get there. It is fortunate that there are a lot of good books, dvds, and even free podcasts out there. I would always err on the side of caution, though, and not do anything that is even remotely painful (or even just doesn't feel right). Since you have internet access, you might also want to google your particular issues and yoga and see what you get. Yogajournal has great articles about a variety of physical limitations, and there are other really good sites, blogs, etc. out there. Remember, though, that even practicing a calm, centered breath IS yoga. :) We don't have to be pretzels to be yogis! ;)

You might want to check out Peggy Cappy's "Yoga for the rest of us" dvds.


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Hi a teacher is out of the question, I am on a fixed income and I don't drive so I couldn't get to one any way

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Hi
I just joined this team. I've done some yoga but am really a newbie. I ordered some DVDs and a Yoga anatomy book. I'm very excited to start being more disciplined about yoga and I'm even more excited to find a Christian yoga group on here. I know that there will be some people at my church who will look down on me because of Yoga but I really don't care.
God bless!

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Hi and welcome!! One of the great things about yoga is that anyone can do it! As long as you can breathe, you can do some variation of yoga. I hope you will consider consulting with a teacher for modifications for your hips and see what you are able to do. You might find that it really helps with your flexibility and can be a worshipful experience when centered on Christ. Have a wonderful day and, again, welcome!


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Hi I just joined this group, found it by accident I am a christian kinda, baptist but be fore that I was brought up Catholic, so am more open minded. The church I went to was an old conservative church. I have read that yoga postures were used to aid in religious practice, some maybe but not all. My take on it is it is like kung fu, kung fu was developed by Chinese monks to prepare them for their rigorous religion, not for worship. I believe that the health aspects of yoga can be separated from the cultish ones. That being said let me say that I don't know much about yoga because I never could do it, I am very inflexible, even in high school but know I am 60 and have 2 hips replaced. Still don't know if I can do it.

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Welcome and great post! I so agree with you on your post about yoga. The enemy has perverted everything. I benefitted GREATLY from doing yoga about 10 years ago but let it go. Now I am facing tightness in about every muscle in my lower back and legs. I'm doing what I can with self massage products, chiro and stretching. I am going to download workouts from the Holy Yoga website. I'm reclaiming my body and mind!
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Welcome and thank you for this beautiful post! I also just read your wonderful blog post :). So glad you found this team and are sharing your experience with us!

peace and blessings, Liz


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Hi everyone, I just found this group from someone commenting on my blog post today. It was titled Yoga + Worship = AMAZING. :)

I am a relatively new Christian, not raised in the church. I became baptized February 15, 2009 at the age of 27. So in some way, I am free in my walk with Christ from the trappings of doctrine or tradition.

I think the saddest thing is when Christian groups forsake something that is good in this world, just because another group started doing it first. I see yoga as one of those cases. Why would it be a bad idea to focus on the breath and movement God grants us every day? Is that not part of His amazing grace and love?

I am proud of many Christians in my generation reclaiming things that are incredible in this world. Christian rock music. Christian reality TV shows. Christian feature films. And you can't just slap the "Christian" label on things, they really do need to be Christ and God centric.

Since I've been saved, I have found time for yoga to be the perfect time to relax in the Holy Spirit's embrace. Even at times when I am suffering, or angry, placing my body in a yoga pose and regulating my breath makes it so easy to clearly focus on a prayer, or Scripture. As far as chanting, sometimes I use words like love or even Hosanna and just focus on what that one word means. Mercy is great when you feel guilty (like after I got into a spat with my husband). Just whispering it bring it to the forefront of my mind and reminds me that He is always with me, even when I am deficient in some area.

This morning, I enjoyed meditating and breathing to Hillsong's "From the Inside Out." I even used Sun Salutation for the chorus: Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fails. :)

I see yoga as a great way to express your prayers and praise in a physical way. I bet the Lord is pleased to see us take the time out of our busy lives and dedicate those moments to him.

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A new blog entry on the Holy Yoga site from Chrstian Mroz I thought you all might enjoy reading! Have a wonderful day! The original post is available by clicking the HY blog tab at:

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Why do we call Holy Yoga, Yoga?
Submitted by ChristinaMroz on Tue, 11/17/2009 - 11:26am.

I had to work out my "defense" for why it's okay to practice yoga and CALL IT YOGA as a Christian. Here's what I came up with:


Simply put, yoga is exercise for spiritual purposes. It is like a spiritual discipline such as fasting, or all night prayer, both popular in many Christian churches and both requiring physical sacrifice, yet used in many religions and faith walks. Yoga has similar spiritual influence if your intent is to get closer to and be open to the Lord Jesus and Yahweh.
Yoga is not owned by Hinduism. It's origins, historically and functionally are not generated from Hindu beliefs. The people of the Indus valley, like all people God created, had a spiritual hunger, and yoga was one of their attempts to connect to something spiritual. Historically, it predates hinduism. Hinduism simply saw the value of using ones whole body as a way of applying the spirit. Since it was around before Hinduism, we cannot worry about hindu spiritual influences. Functionally, it's not hinduism, because the body and all it's movements are designed by God.


The New Age influence that arrived with yoga in the 1960s is not something we should fear when practicing or naming yoga. The rise and popularity of yoga is a sign that people in our culture are hungry for a spiritual use of their bodies. The New Age movement handed them yoga, but yoga did not hand them the New Age movement.


Yoga is a way of applying the spirit with one's whole body. When we are applying the spirit with our whole bodies, we honor God. Both the body and it's many movements were God's idea, and there is nothing wrong with using the body with spiritual motives.


We are disingenuous, naive, ignorant, or plain afraid if we don't use the word yoga to practice yoga for the Lord. God knows the movements of our body, and he knows when we use it for him or not. The culture knows yoga as a form of exercise with murky spiritual connection (so far, only in association with hinduism and New Age). To not use "yoga" is to tell God and people that they can't handle the truth. To call it something else is to seem like we are hiding something as a group of believers. That just makes us look foolish, especially when we come to class and see that it is yoga, and are not allowed to call it yoga. Then we become a church that forces people away from accurate language, and that can have other damaging effects to our church culture.


Why not simply redeem yoga for truly godly purposes? If God is God, then our efforts to worship him, in all their forms, are his delight. Obviously, the Bible gives us clear guidelines of what is not honoring to him, and we need to follow those carefully. At one point in our church's history, rock music and bi-racial marriage were considered practices that would harm our faith, but now we see both as forms that can bring glory to the Lord. But, mostly we know that in Christ, there is freedom. Let us keep the integrity of yoga in the form that it is; and let God make yoga available to those who wish to use it for His glory.




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You are so welcome. I hope your instructor will be blessed by these books as I have been. I am sitting at my office with my Holy Yoga book right beside me! I have been re-reading it and I get something new every time. :)

Peace, Liz

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Hey Liz, I just wanted to say thanks for the encouragement and also for pointing us to the Holy Yoga by Brooke Boon and Yoga for Christians: A Christ-Centered Approach to Physical and Spiritual Health through Yoga by Susan Bordenkircher. I'm buying these for my yoga instructor for Christmas!

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Good for you for heeding the Spirit's warning and asking for a music change - and you undoubtedly helped to protect the hearts of others as well :).


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Hi, Yes this is a sticky subject.... You're very brave to go here!

I'm (relatively) new to Yoga and new to this site. Currently I'm being taught by a Christian instructor. It was really important to me to not open up my heart/spirit to false religions/cults. I was super-cautious in my approach. I did research and learned that bhakti yoga was formed to increase the number of devotees (bhaktas) who dedicate their thoughts and actions towards pleasing their Supreme Lord, Krishna. This is directly opposed to Christianity, which follows the teachings of Christ.

What a blessing to find an instructor who is a born again believer. She's helping me to restore the flexibility and balance that I once had in my youth, but without some of the stuff I'd rather not do. I have attended other yoga classes with a revolving door of instructors. Occasionally they'll play chanting music with HARE KRISHNA, HARE, HARE, KRISHNA. Immediately, my spirit is disturbed and it's just... creepy. The last time, I blurted out, "Can you please change the music?" Immediately, I was embarrassed.... Why prompted me to do such a thing? I'm usually quite respectful, but I believe it was the Spirit of God moving. The instructor was very pleasant and said, sure thing. I was in the class with a lot of older ladies, and they were actually THANKING ME at the end of class. Seems they also felt offended, but squelched the Spirit and bit their tongues.

Anyway, I love the yoga poses, just been doing them to neutral instrumental music, or Christian music.
Thanks for letting me throw in my two cents...

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Thanks so much for your post! I'm glad that you gave yoga a try after all and have found that it doesn't conflict with your faith. I esp. like your comment about the role of the Holy Spirit in our knowing if something is OK for us or not. Brooke Boon (who wrote the book Holy Yoga) encourages people to explore where conviction comes from - is it from those Christian friends? or is it truly from the Holy Spirit? Sometimes our (well meaning) friends may attempt to "convict" us about a practice that they know very little about. I feel that God has blessed my yoga practice and blesses me through it.

Thanks for sharing! I look forward to getting to know you better.

Blessings,
Liz


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Years ago my brother suggested that I try a Yoga class. For years I wouldn't even consider. I was a devout Christian - that would be a horrible thing to do. Did I know anything about it??? NO!!!! Probably fifteen years later I began working with a co-instructor with the SilverSneakers Program. She taught the Yoga class at our small town YMCA. She was/is a wonderful person who values her relationship with the Lord. I figured if she was teaching the class it had to be alright. I participated in a few (fitness) yoga classes and fell in love with it! Shortly after my teacher's husband was diagnosed with cancer ... since I was on the YMCA payroll and attending the class I was able to take over. The devoted members were very patient and encouraging to me as I read everything I could to prepare for each class. My dear Christian friends were very quiet about my new found passion. Then one day I asked - UGH!!!!
Then I researched. It was beyond me how you could be doing the exact same thing, but call it a different name and it was okay. Before my teaching experience, relaxing was not in my vocabulary or life. I had become to really enjoy Savasana. During this time I would thank the Lord for making it through the class and reflect on how "I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Gal 2:20) During my research
I was amazed how this pose was considered wrong for a Christian because we are associating ourselves with death and we are to associate with life (Which I agree - but it is only through Jesus's death on the cross that this life can be accomplished) My frustration and confusion came from other Christians. I felt that being a temple of the Living God, He would convict me if I was doing something that was not pleasing to Him. Instead I feel great peace with my workouts.
I do have Hindu friends that participate in my classes. I asked if I was leading them in worship or did they view Yoga as an exercise. My friend was shocked that I asked ... her response, "Hindu is my religion, Yoga is my exercise." It was explained to me at a lesson I had in NYC that Yoga was a Hindu exercise used to bring their mind into focus so they could better worship their god. We serve an awesome LIVING God - lets give Him the best of everything we can!

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good advice and good ideas. i was interested in it before because of the stigma associated with the religious part of yoga and where it came from. then i ordered P90X and it has yoga so i had to get past the ideas and try it. like anything else in this world...you take in the good and throw out the bad.

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Yoga is amazing for back pain. I used to have chronic lower back pain and now it is gone. I still have occasional upper back issues due to arthritis in my upper/mid back and some bad postural habits, but when I get back to my yoga it goes away.

The best way to learn the postures is with an in-person teacher, but DVDs are a good second choice. I do most of my home practice with DVDs but the go to workshops to keep myself on track with teachers. I am also a yoga teacher myself, but it is imoprtant to have feedback from someone else sometimes.


I don't really chant with my yoga practice, although there are chants that are traditional to Christians that can be used if you like that focus and sound. Maranatha, for instance (which means "come, Lord Jesus").

As far as weight loss, yoga is really wonderful for steering the body toward balance. It is not about the calorie burn (although some styles of yoga are very physically challenging and will burn lots of calories), but rather getting you in touch with your body and what it does or does not need. The stress relief also helps cut down on emotional eating.

I am currently very active (running, walking, weights) but lost 25 pounds with yoga before I started adding in these other things. It is interesting that sometimes when I am focusing on doing lots of other things (esp lots of cardio) my weight actually goes UP. When I come back to the yoga, it goes back down again.

A great intro book and video for Christian Yoga is Holy Yoga by Brooke Boon. It is available on amazon.com. Another one I like is Yoga for Christians by Susan Bordenkircher. Have fun exploring yoga - and chime in again with questions and comments!

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I'm new to YOGA. I've always sterred away from it before because of the "chants" that are done. If it's meditation on the Lord and you can use Christian worship music, instead of the "chants" then wouldn't it be good for any Christan? Can someone suggest how to learn the movements of YOGA? And does it really help with back pain? How about weight loss? Thanks.

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Thank you so much!!!! I would very much like to hear about others' experiences.
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You don't have to live this kind of life! I used to have chronic back pain and it is pretty much gone. I'm going to start a new thread so we can hear from others about their experience with yoga and back pain.


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I need some help. I've been out of commission with a strained, tied up in a knot lower back. I went to chiro the other day and he worked on it good. I felt like a new person. He gave me some stretches which I've been doing very diligently. After I get thru this is yoga really gonna help this to not happen again and again? This is extremely frustrating. I always have some degree of pain, tightness in my lower back. Someone tell me I have to work at it but don't have to live this kind of life.
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I am new to this site. I love yoga and a lot of the eastern ways. Including Jesus. I don,t understand why anyone would want to call yoga anything but yoga. I have seen pictures of old paintings of Jesus sitting in lotus posture in meditation. Jesus was after all an Easterner. Have a blessed day. emoticon

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And your post is great as well, Sarahd - thanks for sharing!

I was looking around yesterday at some programs that are "anti-yoga" - every once in a while I do this and may have mentioned it on another board here - just to see what the arguments are. My initial research on Christian yoga years ago turned up "praise moves" which bills itself as a Christian alternative to yoga but at the same time using postures that are the same as yoga postures. Yesterday I looked a Wholyfit, which also uses the term "Christian alternative to yoga." I even saw an introductory clip on youtube saying: this is not yoga.... we don't need to talk about yoga anymore... let's talk about Wholyfit.... Then, the instructor proceeded to do.... yoga! I was watching another clip at work without sound and it was absolutely a yoga practice. A pastor is listed on the website as endorsing Wholyfit for Christians, but also saying it is not yoga and Christians shouldn't do yoga. This is very odd to me. Is it truthful to say something is not yoga when it is visually the same?

Brooke Boon from Holy Yoga mentioned early in my training with her about being upfront that, yes, this is yoga we are doing. And, yes, it is a Christian practice (through our intention, as mentioned below). I didn't think much of the statement at the time, but am really struck by it in the context of these programs that say they are anti-yoga, not yoga, etc., yet are doing yoga.

Whew - sorry for the ramble there. I am so thankful that my particular church is open to yoga - and curious about why others seem to be so critical on the one hand and yet really doing yoga on the other hand. I chickened out of leaving a comment on the Wholyfit site, though!

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Traviscooks, I agree. What a great post!
I am on the same page as everyone on this thread so far. I teach a class at my church, and I was worried about the reaction I would get. I thought I would get criticism or questions. The class has been going for 5 1/2 years, and not a single negative comment!!!
I go to a Lutheran church, and in general, I think the mainstream Protestant denominations tend to be pretty accepting of yoga.
It is really all about intention. If I practice yoga with an intention of deepening my relationship with Christ, then it is a Christian practice. It is a profound, meaningful way of praying with my entire being!

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What a beautiful post, thanks for sharing. :)


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I was a rabidly right wing Christian for years. Then "lost my religion" for a long long time. Yoga, among other things, brought me back to a sense of God's presence in the world and in my life. I would echo you Blue, that it allows me to quiet my spirit and mind before God in a way I wasn't able before.

Yes, it is easy to imagine the opinions of people in my former church about "mystical eastern religions" and etc. That is between them and God.

I listen now, and worship, with my mind and body and spirit, rather than just chatter at Him. Yoga can be practiced as a form of worship if it is about Him and not about ourselves.

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I don't have any reservations about doing yoga. I focus on the Lord or listen to worship music. I believe it to be of great benefit to the body!
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Have you ever had anyone question the possibility of Christians practicing yoga? There is a lot out on the internet saying that yoga in inherently UN-Christian. My yoga practice has enabled me to quiet my mind, meditate on scripture and listen to God's still small voice. Worshipping God with my WHOLE being is one of the many blessings that yoga has brought to me.

Obviously I believe that yoga is compatible with Christianity - and even very beneficial as a Christian practice - or I wouldn't be here. I am very curious as to how others on here answer challenges like this. I find that mostly it is a lack of understanding, so I gladly talk to people about it when given the opportunity. Maybe this thread will also serve to answer questions for those who might be afraid to try yoga due to what they have heard and read. I am thankful for so many good books and websites that show how yoga can glorify God! (see other threads)

So.... did you have reservations about practicing yoga? Do others question you about it (or even criticize you)?

How have you answered questions/reservations?

I'd love to hear from the team about this!


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