Holy Yoga – The Trojan Horse of Occult Healing in the Church

 

 

If you thought that Holy Yoga™ was only about bringing the “Hatha” yoga asanas or postures wrapped in Christian worship into the church, you would be seriously mistaken.  As Holy Yoga has expanded to include almost 2000 trained instructors, the organization has sought to the continued monetization of relationships with its instructors by offering additional training in Holy Yoga Therapy™, Trauma-Sensitive Holy Yoga™, and Holy Yoga Masters™ training.  Not only do these additional courses come at a significant financial cost, but they also bring significant spiritual compromise to Christians who engage in these trademarked “modalities.”

The Holy Yoga Therapy™ instructor packet states:

 “Any yogic technique used to systematically address physical injury or pain, or mental and emotional stress or trauma can be considered yoga therapy.” – Yoga Journal, 2016

Accepting this mandate from Yoga Journal, Holy Yoga Therapy™ (HYT) has embarked on the nearly complete “Chopra”-ization (as in Deepak Chopra) of its training programs.  This 300-hour course includes training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, advanced “energy” concepts, Ayurvedic Medicine, “Touch of Health” aka Applied Kinesiology, and Holy Yoga Therapy for Eating Disorders™.   Holy Yogic healing is not your typical Christian approach to healing that includes confession, repentance, forgiveness, and prayer; but many of these HYT “modalities” include the pseudoscientific manipulation and “balancing” of “subtle energies” often called “chi,” “qi,” or kundalini.  Never mind that these energies have never been scientifically proven to exist let alone the Bible’s admonition against sorcery, i.e., the conjuring and manipulation of spirits.

“Touch for Health,” a brand of Applied Kinesiology, is a form of divination where questions are asked of the body (not the person), and the body responds by changes in muscle tension during muscle strength testing.  The idea here is that the body has an ontologically separate “intelligence” and consciousness that can be communicated with independently from normal two-way verbal conversation.  This is not merely physical examination or palpation of the body but asking questions directly to the body about how many vitamins it needs while a therapist counts and presses down on your raised arm.  Supposedly, when the “body’s” innately needed number of pills is spoken by the therapist, the body responds by weakening at “its” needed number.

Applied Kinesiology muscle testing techniques are extended to asking the body all sorts of questions including which foods to eat, and whether your body is still “holding” onto trauma from a past event.  It has even been used to determine that sex of an unborn child.  One chiropractor in St. Paul, Minnesota was known to have correctly determined the sex of 13 out of 14 unborn babies with Applied Kinesiology muscle testing.  However, the one error was due to the mother carrying fraternal twins of both sexes.  This kind of hocus-pocus is now entering the church through Holy Yoga.  It is essentially turning the human body into an Ouija Board for divination.

Even a review article on the efficacy of Applied Kinesiology muscle testing in the professional journal, “Chiropractic and Osteopathy” states:

“its ultimate scientific validation and application requires testing that employs sophisticated research models in the areas of neurophysiology, biomechanics, RCTs, and statistical analysis.”  Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2007, 15:4

More succinctly stated, there are no studies showing the scientific validation of muscle testing in Applied Kinesiology.  Even if muscle testing were proven to show efficacy through multiple randomized controlled clinical trials, that would not answer the question as to why it works or how it works.  Just because a technique has been shown to have a statistically significant effect, does not mean the metaphysical or spiritual nature of the therapy changes to something that is purely materialistic.  For example, just because the National Institutes of Health supports a study of the efficacy of Reiki energy healing that yields positive results, doesn’t mean the technique is not based on the occult, psychic conjuring of spirits.

Exorcist, Bob Larson, Gives the Low Down on Christians doing the “Downward Dog” – YouTube

Exorcist and pastor, Bob Larson, gives his view on “Christian Yoga” in his recent “Ask the Exorcist” YouTube video.  He answers that question about whether the Christian relabeling of yoga actually changes the true nature of yoga from its Hindu roots.

Many Christians no longer believe in Biblical prohibitions but in “re-intentioning” prohibited practices through semantic substitution.  It is all really a form of Christian magic because they believe that somehow their intentions can substitute and supersede God’s will and that He is just O.K. with it.  “Holy Yoga” founder Brooke Boon should take a lesson from 2 Samuel 6 where Uzzah, son of Abinadab, was struck down for what he probably thought was a well-intentioned but prohibited action of taking hold of the Arc of the Covenant to keep it from falling off the cart.  He was struck down by God and died instantly.  God had given specific instructions on who was to move the Arc and how it was to be done.  Not by putting it on a cart but by carrying it on their shoulders with poles that went through rings on the corners of the Arc.  Perhaps, this is the origin of the idiom, “I wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole”.  I recommend that Christians heed this as a warning before engaging in so-called “Holy Yoga”.

 

“Mind the Hype” – Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation Under Scientific Scrutiny

“Misinformation and poor methodology associated with past studies of mindfulness may lead public consumers to be harmed, misled and disappointed,” study authors stated.

Co-authors from 15 different institutions including Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Vanderbilt and Stanford University, offer a critical review of the status and deficiencies of research in mindfulness meditation.  Here is the authors’ summary of their article:

During the past two decades, mindfulness meditation has gone from being a fringe topic of scientific investigation to being an occasional replacement for psychotherapy, tool of corporate well-being, widely implemented educational practice, and “key to building more resilient soldiers.” Yet the mindfulness movement and empirical evidence supporting it have not gone without criticism. Misinformation and poor methodology associated with past studies of mindfulness may lead public consumers to be harmed, misled, and disappointed. Addressing such concerns, the present article discusses the difficulties of defining mindfulness, delineates the proper scope of research into mindfulness practices, and explicates crucial methodological issues for interpreting results from investigations of mindfulness. For doing so, the authors draw on their diverse areas of expertise to review the present state of mindfulness research, comprehensively summarizing what we do and do not know, while providing a prescriptive agenda for contemplative science, with a particular focus on assessment, mindfulness training, possible adverse effects, and intersection with brain imaging. Our goals are to inform interested scientists, the news media, and the public, to minimize harm, curb poor research practices, and staunch the flow of misinformation about the benefits, costs, and future prospects of mindfulness meditation.

Brown University press release on the study can be found at this link:  https://news.brown.edu/articles/2017/10/mindfulness-meditation

 

Rajiv Malhotra – “Holy Spirit is not the same as Shakti or Kundalini – Beliefnet”

 

via Holy Spirit is not the same as Shakti or Kundalini – Beliefnet

An excellent article by eminent Hindu scholar, Rajiv Malhotra, regarding the popular notion that the Holy Spirit in Christianity is the same as Kundalini or Shakti in Hinduism. Do not miss the link on the second page of the article on Beliefnet to an article in “America Magazine – The Jesuit Review” by Francis X. Clooney, S. J. for a Catholic response to the debate.

I would hope all of Brooke Boon’s “Holy Yoga” followers would take note of the debate here when they attempt to incorporate Hindu metaphysical chakra theory into their belief systems.  “Christian Yoga” practitioners should take note that the raising of the Kundalini is what they are in reality trying to do with pranayama breathing and mental focusing exercises to balance their so-called “energy” or Kundalini.

The Daily Wire : Yoga Is A Pagan Ritual. Maybe Christians Should Find A Different Workout Routine, by Matt Walsh

 

Via the Daily Wire:

Blogger Matt Walsh describes some of the issues Christians face rationalizing their yoga practice on his blog post at The Daily Wire – “Yoga is a Pagan Ritual. Maybe Christians Should Find a Different Workout Routine.”    I share too in his experience of being mocked by other Christians who have little understanding of the ancient Hindu practice and how pantheistic Eastern religions interpret spiritual disciplines and experience.  They should do some background research before mocking other believers. Being a resource for background research has been one of the main purposes of this website for over 15 years.  There are many references here to the work of Hindu scholars that say that yoga cannot be separated from Hinduism.  I recommend Rajiv Malhotra’s – A Hindu View of “Christian Yoga,”  as well as many other articles referenced here at yogadangers.com.

 

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:  https://news.brown.edu/articles/2017/05/experiences

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.