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Yoga and Christianity

A Young Catholic’s Testimony

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The Benefits of Yoga (Pros)

As someone who learnt yoga for four years from the age of 16–20 — and is a Roman Catholic — I have had my fair share of horror stories. But — to be positive:

The Truth (Cons)

All this happened to me for six months.

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  1. Yoga has five branches. What I was learning was Hatha Yoga — the yoga of the body.
  2. Yoga also contains a section called Raja Yoga — an ancient technique to unite your soul with the soul of Brahman — the Eternal.
  3. Hatha Yoga was a set of body exercises designed to activate the seven chakras — bodily centres of cosmic energy and lead a person to a state in which he is capable of entering Raja Yoga.
  4. Every pose in Hatha Yoga implicitly worships a Hindu idol. I wish I could be less blunt, but its true.
  5. Every bit of idol worship increases susceptibility to sins of the flesh. This was why I couldn’t get myself out of pornography and fornication.
  6. Yoga is a holistic discipline for union with the Divine Eternal being. As a Christian, you should know that this being is not Jesus Christ. And any spiritism or dabbling with spirits is deadly to the soul, mind, and body — even more so when you are a Christian.

Learning About The One True God

Our God loves us.

  1. Addiction to porn and compulsive habits.
  2. Shyness, inability to talk.
  3. An inferiority complex the size of Jupiter.
  4. Unable to speak in front of girls.
  5. Awkward behaviour in public — shyness.
  6. A complete lack of willpower and motivation.

After I Stopped Yoga

I completed two post-graduate degrees.


I know what you’re thinking.

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Jesus Youth on a mission to eternity. a gospel vocalist, a gospel violinist, & a research coder & author all by God’s infinite grace alone.