The Dangers Of Yoga: What You Probably Haven't Been Told iled by Chris Lawson

The Dangers of Yoga

What You Probably Haven't Been Told by Your Yoga Instructors

by Chris Lawson

Questions For Those Considering Yoga (4:18) from Chris Lawson.

BOOKLET - Yoga and Christianity: Are They Compatible?
By Chris Lawson

It is no secret that Yoga is taking Western civilization by storm. In just a little over a hundred years, a mystical revolution has occurred that millions of Westerners have wholeheartedly embraced. Amazingly, the Western Judeo-Christian view is in the process of a paradigm shift toward the same perspective as yogic India.

To illustrate the magnitude of the Yoga explosion, consider Yoga Journal’s “Yoga in America Study 2012.” This study reveals some incredible statistics:

• 20.4 million Americans practice Yoga, compared to 15.8 million from the previous 2008 study.
• Practitioners spend $10.3 billion a year on Yoga classes and products. The previous estimate from the 2008 study was $5.7 billion.
• Of current non-practitioners, 44.4 percent of Americans call themselves “aspirational yogis”—people who are interested in trying Yoga.

Various Articles by Chris Lawson

Articles by Mike Oppenheimer of Let Us reason Ministries

Recommended Research Archives

Articles by Ankerberg & Weldon, from Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs
  • Yoga Pt.1: Description, Claims,Occult Potential, Dangers
  • Yoga Pt.2: Yoga and Children - Purpose of Yoga
  • Yoga Theory and Practice: Separable? (Part 1)
  • Yoga Theory and Practice: Separable? (Part 2)
  • Yoga: Kundalini Yoga (Part 1)
  • Yoga: Kundalini Yoga (Part 2)
  • Yoga: The Occult (Part 2)
  • Innocent Yoga? Altering Consciousness Towards Occultism
  • Hatha Yoga - Eyewitness Account of the Devastating Power of Yoga
(See also:  (1) Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs and Text at Google Books by Ankerberg and Weldon
                  (2) The Coming Darkness by John Ankerberg and John Weldon
                  (3) Occult Shock and Psychic Forces by Clifford Wilson and John Weldon

Miscellaneous Research Articles
Lighthouse Trails Articles
Listing in Lighthouse Trails article of various news articles about children involved with yoga.
CANADA - Yoga for Children is Exploding Across North America!
USA - Yoga for Children is Exploding Across North America!


When is Yoga, Yoga – And How is it Affecting Children in Public Schools? (Jan.26th, 2013)

Letter to the Editor: My Trip to a “Christian” Yoga Class ( Jan.8th, 2013)

Barbie and American Girl Dolls Have Gone Yoga (Dec. 20th, 2012)

School Yoga Tries to Avoid Religious Controversy (Dec.18th, 2012)

“Parents considering legal action over school yoga” (Oct. 23rd, 2012)

Follow Up Story, Newsweek Article about Heaven: Author of “Proof of Heaven” Admits to Practicing Deep Meditation (Oct.16th, 2012)

Another Side of the Story: New York Times – How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body (Oct. 10th, 2012)

Christian Parents Beware: Sesame Street Will Teach Your Children Yoga (Nov.14th, 2009)

See (Video from Sesame Street, Season 9, Episode 52) 

YOGA - Just Exercise or a Hindu Religion?

Dangers of Yoga, Meditation, Christian Yoga and More

Secular Media, Blogs, News Articles and more
Compiled by Bud Press
To the Reader: This page contains articles, news releases, and information from Christian, secular, and New Age sources, and is updated periodically. Reader discretion is advised.
For researchers: You will see below that many of these once active links are now obselete. If you are compiling information be sure to save articles as needed or else they will eventually disappear like many of these have. (Updated February 7, 2013)
  • Southern Baptist Convention, Yoga, and New Age (Articles, News Releases, and Recommended Reading)
  • VIDEO: Christian yoga sweeps the US (undated) Bud Press Comments: Some forms of deception are so fine-tuned they are difficult to detect. But this is not the case with so called "Christian Yoga." The deception is so  obvious that it reaches out and laughs at Christians who practice it.  Yoga--regardless of what shape, form or fashion it is packaged in--is an unfruitful deed of darkness. To practice it lends credibility to the false gods of Hinduism and the traditions of men, and is a rebellious violation of the commands of Scripture (Exodus 20:3; Deuteronomy 6:14; Ephesians 5:11; Colossians 2:8).
  • Christian yoga sweeps the US (video, date n/a)
  • Yoga Stretches Traditional Christian Boundaries 2003
  • Is Yoga Stretching the Truth? 2003
  • Christian Yoga 8/18/03
  • Yoga becoming popular among Christians; practice taking hold in Mississippi Baptist Church ("A Mississippi woman admits that it's a bit unusual to see Yoga in a Baptist church, but her classes seem to be catching on. Traditionally shunned among Christians because of its Eastern roots, Yoga is now a weekly feature at Jackson, Mississippi's First Baptist Church. The teacher says she and her fellow practitioners say yoga enhances their own Christian spirituality"). 2005  (Link: )
  • Faith, healing 2/12/05
  • Hindu American Foundation Protests Christian Appropriation of Yoga ("It is a sad irony that some churches seek to exploit Hindu pluralism, and its gift of yoga, to increase their own legion of churchgoers.") 9/5/05
  • Practice a spiritual stretch? Christian yoga draws adherents, critics 9/28/05
  • Southern Baptist Church Promotes Yoga (Bud Press Fact Sheet) 9/28/05
  • Controvery About Christian Yoga 10/3/05
  • Christian yoga to be topic of talk 10/22/05
  • Eastern Mysticism and Christianity are Incompatible 2006
  • Classical Yoga Hindu Academy's website.
  • Yoga Renamed Is Still Hindu By Subhas R. Tiwari
  • Liberal Theology Misses Plain Truth By Rachel Alexander
  • Christian Yoga Magazine (This is a misleading website. It is actually a conglomeration of New Age, Buddhist and Christian material all mixed together.)

From an e-mail Lighthouse Trails received from the Classical Yoga Hindu Academy:
"Is Yoga a religion that denies Jesus Christ? Yes. Just as Christianity denies the Hindu MahaDevas such as Siva, Vishnu, Durga and Krishna, to name a few, Hinduism and its many Yogas have nothing to do with God and Jesus (though we do respect that others believe in this way). As Hindus who live the Yogic lifestyle, we appreciate when others understand that all of Yoga is all about the Hindu religion. Modern so-called 'yoga' is dishonest to Hindus and to all non-Hindus such as the Christians." 

—Danda, Dharma Yoga Ashram (Classical Yoga Hindu Academy)
From "There is no Christian Yoga?" by Yogi Baba Prem

"It was quite astonishing to see on the flyer 'Christian Yoga! This Thursday night....' I could feel the wheels spinning in my brain. 'Christian Yoga,' I thought. Now while Christians can practice yoga, I am not aware of any Christian teachings about yoga. Yoga is not a Judeo/Christian word! It is not a part of the Roman Catholic teachings and certainly not a part of protestant teachings. It is not found within the King James Version of the bible. It is a Hindu word, or more correctly a Sanskrit word from the Vedic civilization. So how did we get 'Christian Yoga'? "From this I could conclude that 'Christian Yoga' could only indicate one of two possibilities:"
—Yogi Baba Prem, Vedavisharada, CYI, C.ay,, South Asia Mail


From YOGA: Posture to Apostasy: Can Yogic Practices Be Integrated With The Christian Faith?

East and West, The Two Shall Never Meet
"Christianity cannot be integrated with yoga and remain Christian. To think otherwise imperils the Christian truth and faith. As the managing editor of 'Hinduism Today,' Sannyasin Arumugaswami, remarks, 'Hinduism is the soul of yoga 'based as it is on Hindu Scripture and developed by Hindu sages. Yoga opens up new and more refined states of mind, and to understand them one needs to believe in and understand the Hindu way of looking at God. . . . A Christian trying to adapt these practices will likely disrupt their own Christian beliefs'.' East is east, and west is west, and if Christianity is to remain Christian, 'the twain' should never be married."
—Pastor Larry DeBruyn, Guarding His Flock Ministries

From Like Lambs to the Slaughter:

"Can We Separate the Exercise From the Philosophy?

"There is a common misconception in the West that hatha-yoga, one of about ten forms of Yoga that supposedly leads to self-realization, is merely a neutral form of exercise, a soothing and effective alternative for those who abhor jogging and calisthenics ...

"[However], Hatha-yoga is 'one of the six recognized systems of orthodox Hinduism' and is at its roots religious and mystical. It is also one of the most difficult and potentially dangerous [spiritually] forms of Yoga. "The term hatha is derived from the verb hath, which means 'to oppress.'... What the practice of hatha-yoga is designed to do is suppress the flow of psychic energies through these channels ["symbolic, or psychic, passages on either side of the spinal column"], thereby forcing the 'serpent power' or the kundalini force to rise through the central psychic channel in the spine (the sushumna) and up through the chakras, the supposed psychic centers of human personality and power. Westerners mistakenly believe that one can practice hatha-yoga apart from the philosophical and religious beliefs that undergrid it. This is an absolutely false belief. ...

"You cannot separate the exercises from the philosophy. ... 'The movements themselves become a form of meditation.' The continued practice of the exercises will, whether you ... intend it or not, eventually influence you toward an Eastern/mystical perspective. That is what it is meant to do! ... There is, by definition, no such thing as 'neutral' Yoga" "
—Johanna Michaelsen, Like Lambs to the Slaughter, pp. 93-95)."
From YOGA Today's lifestyle for health:
"The practice of Yoga is pagan at best, and occult at worst. Its teachings emanate from the Eastern religions, all of which teach that self is God, only we just don't realize it until we do the techniques. 'The goal of Yoga is self-realization-to look deeply within to what ought to be the temple of the one true God and to discover the alleged true Self or higher Self to be God. Nothing could be more religious than that, yet with straight faces, all of the Yogis insist that practicing Yoga does not change anyone's religious beliefs.'"
— Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries

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