Groupon “Christian Yoga” Deal of the Day – “Atoning Yoga”

If you thought self-canonized and brand leading “Holy Yoga” wasn’t enough in the megachurches, we now have a new yoga brand extension called “Atoning Yoga.”  It is “atonement,” “at-one-ment ,“and “a-toning-up” yoga combined. You get a triple benefit as you deal with your past sins, become one with “the divine,”  and tone-up those flabby quads all at the same time.  As the typical venues for yoga:  the YMCA, community colleges and fitness centers become saturated with yoga, those pesky proselytizing yoga teachers must move further into faith-based venues (see “An Open Letter to Evangelicals“).  Getting to “Moksha,” whoops, I mean grabbing a “mocha” is the order of the day at your church’s barista bar at the end of yoga class.


Seriously now, are pastors totally clueless as to what pantheism looks like?   Yoga is the perfect embodiment of pantheism, monism and is extreme self-worship. Our western material culture and the fact that most seminaries do not require a single course in world-religions and alternative spiritualties has most pastors unable to easily distinguish the Christian faith from many others. Bakthi yoga and many strains of Buddhist meditation have led the mainstreamers away from the faith to the point of renouncing it altogether.  Now we have the self-incarnating missional emergents becoming like the Episcopalian retreads of the 1970’s embracing almost any experiential form of faith expression as long as they can put Christian wrapper on it. Some reality and historical free-basing is in order, but never mind as there are too many videos to be sold, classes to be taught, seminars to be given, and retreats to be led. Cah-Ching! Cah-Ching! (Modern translation: the sound of your credit card being swiped through an iphone “square”)


I say this all as a believer who came to faith in a highly-reformed Calvinist church but have spent most of my Christian life in the Episcopal Church with diversions into the big box evangelical faith.

A Hindu View of “Christian Yoga” by Rajiv Malhotra

This article is linked from The Huffington Post.  Christians that are into so-called “Christian Yoga” must begin to do their own research to understand what Rajiv Malhotra is saying before they make any comments regarding the compatability of Christianity and Yoga practice. I hope to later expand my comments on this important article.



Dangers of Yoga according to Carl Jung


According to renowned psychoanalyst Carl Jung:

One often hears and reads about the dangers of Yoga, particularly of the ill-reputed Kundalini Yoga. The deliberately induced psychotic state, which in certain unstable individuals might easily lead to a real psychosis, is a danger that needs to be taken very seriously indeed. These things really are dangerous and ought not to be meddled with in our typically Western way. It is a meddling with Fate, which strikes at the very roots of human existence and can let loose a flood of sufferings of which no sane person ever dreamed. These sufferings correspond to the hellish torments of the chönyid state…”   C. G. Jung, Introduction to The Tibetan book of the Dead *