Below is a link to an excellent article on yoga by Rev. Dr. Ed Hird who is the former National Chair of Anglican Renewal Ministries Canada and Past President of Alpha Canada. Rev. Hird has his own history in eastern religions through exposure in the martial arts and he discusses his journey in coming to renounce his involvement in these activities. This article is very well researched and very thoughtful in detailing the spiritual issues that Christians should understand about the background and spiritual dynamics of yoga. Promoters of “Christian(ized) yoga” should give Dr. Hird the benefit of the doubt as they read this article.
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By Bob Larson, from www.boblarson.org
In case you thought that most mystics are wearing yoga pants and sitting in a lotus position somewhere in Sedona, guess again. Eastern meditation and occultism threatens to take over, of all places, Wall Street and the business community. The “mindfulness” of meditation is suddenly the in-thing with the corporate world. A recent article in the international business magazine The Economist observes that many business schools are embracing eastern meditation, including Harvard, as a way to develop future MBA leaders who are “self-aware and self-compassionate,” whatever that means. Google encourages employees to “search inside yourself” and Ebay has meditation rooms with pillows and flowers. Twitter and Facebook are also on board. Sitting and relaxing, closing your eyes and shutting out the world is likely to do some good. (We used to call this a power-nap.) But the problem comes with the spiritual overlay that accompanies these techniques. Inherent in these mystical concepts is the negation of sin and any need of objective moral behavior. It’s all touchy-feely-fuzzy and requires no ethical commitment of character – just look inside yourself. The Bible says that, without Christ, the inner you is evil. “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure,” is the way the prophet Jeremiah (1:7) described it. But “blessed in the man who trusts in the Lord” (Jeremiah 17:7). If the business world wants to truly encourage employee morale and increase profits, they’d be better to pursue the “peace that passes understanding” from knowing Christ. The Protestant work ethic is what made America great, and a Buddhist work culture will, in time, erode our competitive edge.
An encouraging word: LET GOD SEARCH YOUR HEART
“I The Lord search the heart and examine the mind” (Jeremiah 17:10). Have you ever thought about that? There is nothing in your soul which the Lord doesn’t know. Every thought, each aspiration, every temptation you’re allowed. If God examines our minds, how much more should we be careful to guard everything that enters the world of our imagination. Take inventory today of what you’ve allowed into your heart and by examination get rid of what’s not pleasing to God, before He who knows your heart finds it necessary to chasten your mind.
Published with permission of www.boblarson.org
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“Christian yoga” tycoon Brook Boon, creator of brand leading “Holy Yoga,” has a new brand extension called Kid’s “Holy” yoga. You too can become an accredited Kid’s Holy Yoga instructor for $475 by watching six two-hour webinars. You will be taught how yoga, breathing exercises and meditation will bring you children closer to (G)od.
My question is whether Ms. Boon will attempt to teach alternate-nostril “pranic” breathing techniques to the little ones. (Brooke Boon, “Holy Yoga,” 2007, p. 81) But it really doesn’t matter because Ms. Boon has written, “our use of the postures of Hatha Yoga together with the spiritual intent- although thoroughly Christian – of Bhakti Yoga are what make our practice of yoga truly holy.” (p. 8, italics in the original)
“Bhakti” yoga is the Hindu path of “devotion” to the divine. It is one of the four major paths of salvation in Hinduism. It is salvation through intentional devotional activity. Bhakti yoga’s goal is being absorbed into the godhead and achieving “god realization.” A former Lutheran standing in front of the Anglican Cathedral in Sydney, Australia several years ago approached me passing out tracts espousing the benefits of Bhakti yoga. I quizzed him on Bhakti yoga and he informed me that it would be completely compatible and additive to my Christian experience. However, it would be important to become a vegetarian for it to really work for me. It is no wonder that Minnesota Diocese’s Episcopal House of Prayer retreat center (a.k.a. yoga retreat center) specializes in vegetarian meals for its retreatants.
Ultimately, salvation through yoga is self-salvation through self-work and self-worship. The Cross of Jesus Christ and the blood atonement are often the casualties in my experience with “yogic” Christians. It ultimately leads to the denial of the necessity of blood sacrifice in Judaeo-Christian theology.
Click here: Kid’s Holy Yoga Website
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If yoga isn’t allowed in state schools in India why are evangelical pastors allowing it churches in the U.S? It would seem that the secular community in India understands something we are blind to in the U.S.
Great article from the BBC via RealClearReligion.org:
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If the Catholic Church were to fund snack breaks in the public schools that were formatted as a short Eucharist services, I bet the judge would have ruled against it.
From Fox News:
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“Practicing yoga brings evil as does reading Harry Potter. They may both seem innocuous but they both deal with magic and that leads to evil,” he said.
Read more at: Christianpost.com/news/catholic-churchs-top-exorcist
Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s top exorcist understands the reality of Yoga as do most Hindu converts to Christianity that I have met overseas. Pope Francis recently performed an public exorcism in St. Peter’s square and Fr. Amorth is petitioning him to train and allow all priests to perform the ritual.
If only pastors in the United States would read their Bibles and understand the spiritual realities behind the deceptive practice of yoga and the occult in the church, it would keep the church from further spiritual death. This includes prominent Christian leaders such as Timothy Keller and Rick Warren. Keller sees no problem with reading demonically downloaded Harry Potter books whose author purports to have been given the plots to the first several books via automatic handwriting. Warren has been courting new age healers at church conferences.
What’s next, “Christian” firewalking to build self-esteem and confidence? Yes, but that has already been practiced by the Anastenaria of Northern Greece and Southern Bulgaria. There is nothing new under the sun.