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
The Berean Call has written a new book called Yoga and the Body of Christ. In it, he contends that yoga is a spiritually dangerous practice designed to expose people to demonic influences") 6/15/06.
What's Wrong With Yoga, Especially Christian Yoga 6/21/06
Christian Yoga Gets Its Own Home 7/15/06
Can One Christianize A Pagan Ritual? 7/17/06
Writers called to convey truth amid postmodern challenges 8/4/06
Posture To Apostasy 10/15/06
CHRISTIAN YOGA? C'MON! 12/23/06
DEFINING DECEPTION: What is Yoga, Mysticism, New Age and the Occult 1/7/07
Christian Yoga: Rooted in Hindu Occultism 1/9/07
Christian Yoga 2/12/07
LifeWay Removes Yoga Meditation Music CD 7/13/07
Letter to Dr. John MacArthur: Is it okay for a 'strong Christian' to Practice Yoga? 9/20/07
John MacArthur, Christians, and Yoga: CRS's Responses on Pulpit Magazine 10/4/07
LifeWay.com Removes Pro-Yoga References 10/18/07
'Christian College' Offers Course on Kundalini Yoga 11/3/07
What If You Are Forced To Do Yoga? 11/3/07
The Theft of Yoga 5/27/2010
Albert Mohler Speaks Out Against 'Christian Yoga' 10/8/10
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.)
NON-CHRISTIAN'S WARNING OF THE DANGERS OF YOGA!
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) www.classicalyoga.org/
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, C.va, South Asia Mail
CHRISTIAN'S WARNING OF THE DANGERS OF YOGA!!
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