Study documents range of challenging meditation experiences – Brown University

Via the Brown University news site:

Challenges can occur:
Meditation is increasingly practiced in the West to achieve medical or psychological benefits, but the practice, rooted in ancient tradition, can produce a wider range of sometimes challenging experiences, that have not yet been well studied.

“Though it has gained popularity in the West as medically and psychologically beneficial, meditation can produce a much wider variety of outcomes, not all of them calm and relaxing, according to a new study that analyzes meditation-related challenges.”  To read more:

What’s the Matter with Yoga? – “Yoga Poses as Devotion in Motion” by Corinna Craft


Corinna Craft, M.A., J.D.


What’s the Matter with Yoga?  – “Yoga Poses as Devotion in Motion” by Corinna Craft

Former yoga teacher and massage therapist, Corinna Craft learned that although she had the best of intentions as a Christian, her involvement in yoga exposed her to the demonic affliction of Hindu spirits.  Even though she became certified in what she called “gym yoga” that was devoid of Hindu doctrines, she still was spiritually compromised.  Ms. Crafts website, WhatsTheMatterWithYoga,  has wonderfully written pieces about her life, her testimony of deliverance and an excellent exposition of the true nature of yoga poses within Hindu spirituality, titled “Yoga Poses as Devotion in Motion.”  Also, see the video below on the same topic and others on her website here.

I challenge all practitioners of “Christian” Yoga, especially those involved in “Holy Yoga” to take the implications of Corinna Craft’s writings seriously.  Especially due to the fact the “Holy Yoga” embraces the Hindu doctrines of Bhakti or “devotional” yoga as well as the more esoteric and demonic Kundalini energy and chakra theory.  However, according to the “Holy Yoga 101 Workshop Outline,”  as long as we “surrender” it to the Lord, and since he is the creator of everything, it will be okey-dokey unto the Lord.    This flawed logic that places personal intentions over scriptural prohibitions even applies to Holy Yoga’s  teaching that yoga “speeds up the rise of energy from our most base (physical body) to our highest (spiritual body).”   This Hindu and New Age doctrines of the supremacy of the spiritual over the physical or that we have separate spiritual bodies or “subtle bodies” exists nowhere in Judaeo-Christian theology.



Could Meditation do more Harm than Good? These Experts think so – Healthista



“Meditation is touted as good for everything from chronic pain to depression? But a growing number of experts believe it could be harmful. Parisa Hashempour investigates the dark side of zen” 

“Indeed, Recent meta-analysis studies on meditation have found that meditation carries a risk of harmful side effects and Dr. Farias warns that the general public needs to be more aware of some of the more negative side effects that mindfulness and meditation can have.’It can produce adverse effects for some people. “


An excellent article by Parisa Hashempour documenting the potential problems with meditation and the documented studies that expose the dangers.  The work of Dr. Miguel Farias is cited as well. You can read the article on the Healthista website here.