What is the Christian view of yoga? Is yoga just a stretching routine, or are there spiritual aspects to it?

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What is the Christian view of yoga?
Is yoga just a stretching routine, or are there spiritual aspects to it?

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Answer by Metallic Doom
yoga promotes the flow of chi or prana so yes there are spiritual aspects of it, and being someone who works with astral/spiritual energy on a daily routine, i know for a fact yoga greatly amplifies the energy

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3 Responses to “What is the Christian view of yoga? Is yoga just a stretching routine, or are there spiritual aspects to it?”

  1. Fundamental evangelism views yoga as satanic and a sin. I have heard right-wingers say this very thing from their TV pulpits.

  2. Answer: For many Christians in the West who don’t understand the history behind it, yoga is simply a means of physical exercise and strengthening and improving flexibility of the muscles. However, the philosophy behind yoga is much more than physically improving oneself. It is an ancient practice derived from India, believed to be the path to spiritual growth and enlightenment.

    The word “yoga” means “union,” and the goal is to unite one’s transitory (temporary) self with the infinite Brahman, the Hindu concept of “God.” This god is not a literal being, but is an impersonal spiritual substance that is one with nature and the cosmos. This view is called “pantheism,” the belief that everything is God and that reality consists only of the universe and nature. Because everything is God, the yoga philosophy makes no distinction between man and God.

    Hatha yoga is the aspect of yoga which focuses on the physical body through special postures, breathing exercises, and concentration or meditation. It is a means to prepare the body for the spiritual exercises, with fewer obstacles, in order to achieve enlightenment. The practice of yoga is based on the belief that man and God are one. It is little more than self-worship disguised as a high level of spirituality.

    The question becomes, is it possible for a Christian to isolate the physical aspects of yoga as simply a method of exercise, without incorporating the spirituality or philosophy behind it? Yoga originated with a blatantly anti-Christian philosophy, and that philosophy has not changed. It teaches one to focus on oneself instead of on the one true God. It encourages its participants to seek the answers to life’s difficult questions within their own conscience instead of in the Word of God. It also leaves one open to deception from God’s enemy, who searches for victims that he can turn away from God (1 Peter 5:8).

    Whatever we do should be done for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31), and we would be wise to heed the words of the apostle Paul: “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8, NLT).

  3. Depends on how the person doing it uses it. If they use the movements as a stretching routine, then it is only a stretching routine. If they give it a spiritual aspect, then to them it is spiritual.

    Kind of like “Star Wars”. there are those of us who watch it as a good action, sci-fi film, and then there are others who try to base their religion and spiritual life on it.

    It is what they decide it is for them.