There are people who believe that there is more to yoga than meets the eye. It is firmly believed that yoga is demonic and it is associated with ancient demons in Hindu culture. This claim of course is met with a lot of negativity by those who practice Hinduism.
The article, “Rethink Yoga,” was published in the school’s student-run paper, The Threefold Advocate. The author, Deborah Dana, is listed on the JBU website as a math specialist and a tutor coordinator, according to NWA.
This column is not a theological exegesis, but rather a heartfelt cry. I understand that yoga has become an accepted part of the American culture. The National Institute of Health promotes it vigorously and much of the Church has accepted it as harmless. I have to disagree.
As I have been thinking of all the arguments and reasons why yoga is not as beneficial as we’ve been led to believe, it all keeps coming back to the fact that yoga has its roots in the worship of demonic Hindu gods.
I believe that while yoga may offer some benefits, those benefits have hidden, demonic strings attached. I spoke to one of our chapel speakers years ago about this. He was a Dalit “untouchable” from India who had become a Christian. His view is that yoga is the beautiful face that the very ugly religion of Hinduism uses to sell itself to Americans.
For some, yoga is occultism packaged as an innocent healthy technique. It is warned that the package contains blackouts and strange states of trance.
Yoga is marketed in the guise of an innocent, healthful technique, but it is far from it. H.Rieker warns: “Yoga is not a trifling jest if we consider that any misunderstanding in the practice of yoga can mean death or insanity,” and that if the breath is “prematurely exhausted, there is immediate danger of death for the yogi” (Rieker, The Yoga of Light (Los Angeles: Dawn House) 1974, p. 135). Blackouts, strange trance states, or insanity are listed from even “the slightest mistake…” of practicing yoga. Swami Prabhavananda’s Yoga and Mysticism lists brain injury, incurable disease, and insanity as potential hazards of wrong yoga practice.
If one is experiencing stress and needs to relax there are many ways to do this such as going for a walk, a picture show, playing sports, going out for dinner, taking a vacation than pursuing yoga. To strengthen one’s body you can lift weights, run, swim etc… rather than doing yoga postures.
Many individual have expressed their personal beliefs concerning the practice of yoga. From doing worship poses in the name of exercise to hiding terms in English.
TheSouthpaw725 • 2 months ago
I took a yoga class at a gym i belonged to years ago. then i wanted to find out more so i bought a “Yoga for Dummies” book in local grocery store. I was shocked to learn that all the positions were worship poses to various hindu gods! i said for get it! I serve Elohim (God) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Maker of the heavens and earth. I don’t need to be “worshiping hindu gods’ for exercises no matter what the physical benefits may be. I do Pilates instead.
Jes • 10 months ago
I’m am Indian Christian. I have also done yoga as a part of Asthma treatment (and they have worked) this was when I was 10 to 12 yrs old. But I always felt uneasy about doing it and feel its wrong to practice as a Christian. This article has nailed it. The yoga positions are each a symbol of worship to different deities For example the famous surya namaskar which means sun salutation . Therefore not for any Christian, Muslim or Jew. Nowadays they are smarter and give other English names to these positions (be wary).
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