Avoid Occult Practices That Will Help You Honour God
The Lie I Once Believed About Yoga
When I was a pre-teen, I enjoyed hanging out with my older cousin. She was an excellent piano player and I loved to sit on the bench beside her and watch her practice. She also was a good dancer and took jazz dancing lessons.
In order to perform many of the jazz moves, she had to have great flexibility. She had to limber up her muscles and so often recruited me to help her stretch. We sat on the floor facing each other with our legs in a v-shape. Then she reached forward and I pulled her arms so that her entire top body lay flat on the ground between us.
Then she would pull me. I didn’t bend far; a little bit more than 90 degrees (but not that much more). And we would burst out laughing because of my inflexibility.
I was inelastic.
Later in life, I attended the YMCA and participated in exercise classes that included small stretching components at the end of the sessions. It was easy for the instructor to notice that I could benefit from a more rigorous stretching routine. She suggested I take a yoga class.
Yoga? Why not? It couldn’t hurt me. Herein lies the lie.
Yoga can hurt me. It can hurt me spiritually.
If you research the origins of yoga, you’ll find that it originated from eastern religions and many people believe it is intertwined with mysticism and the occult. Participants try to line up the psychic energy going through the chakras in the body. Some poses are named after gods like Baby Krishna and Lord Naturaja. Most Hindus will tell you that yoga is much more than just exercise. Some Hindus call yoga teachers ‘missionaries’.
Although many people may disagree with me, including many Christians, I prefer not to dabble in such a gray area. I’d prefer to glorify God in my body and in my spirit.
I’d recommend sticking with a stretching routine (like Pilates for example)that focusses on just that — stretching.
You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:20)