Is it Wrong for a Christian to do Yoga?

This show is on yoga, and its appropriateness for Christians to practice. I have personally always felt it was wrong. I wonder what other Christians think about it, especially after listening to the show. Although I do not agree with all their teachings, Ray and E.Z. do cover some great subjects on The Comfort Zone, and they are great evangelistic teachers.

About E.J.

My name is Ellen “E.J.” Lefavour. I am a Christian artist and writer living in Vero Beach, FL, where I have been living with and caring for my mother since God led us here in September of 2017. I pray you are blessed, built up in your faith and Christian walk, and become an interactive participant in God's Morning. We're here as Christ's body, supporting and building each other up in all righteousness, in His name, awaiting His soon return.
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2 Responses to Is it Wrong for a Christian to do Yoga?

  1. I’m not comfortable with it.

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    • E.J. says:

      Nor should we be. It is a Hindu practice to connect with Brahman, which Christians should not involve themselves with any more than sitting around a pentagram chanting to Lucifer. They believe knowledge of Brahman leads man to salvation; that the right knowledge enables man to harmonize with Brahman, which is the way towards freedom. They teach that a free man should not be attached to any false entity, rather, he should link himself to Brahman alone in devotion; and that the practice of yoga leads to mental stability, equanimity, concentration, meditation, good health, supernatural powers (this is the particularly concerning part — what supernatural power are they connecting with; it is not God), devotion, self-transformation (focusing on self-transformation, not the transforming power of Christ in us, and the working of the Holy Spirit in us), and liberation. It has nothing to do with God, the Creator of heaven and earth and all that is in them, or with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

      All the chapters in the Bhagavadgita contain the word yoga, signifying its importance in Hinduism and in achieving liberation. They teach that yoga is the means and yoga is also the goal; that through the practice of yoga one may reach the highest state of yoga, which is union with your inner Self or with the Supreme Self. Yoga is said to be the gift of Hinduism to the world, but a gift that no Christian should ever accept.

      Many Christians look at yoga as just exercise, but then “empty their minds” and open themselves up to that “higher power” that they really do not want to have anything to do with. Exercise is great – walk, run, stretch, hike, bicycle, play golf, tennis, etc. – leave yoga to the Hindus and worldlings. We are meant to pray without ceasing and meditate on God’s word day and night, not empty our minds to be filled with things that do not belong there. This is what Christians should meditate on: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8 and “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8

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