(This is a re-written post to try to get the spacing and lettering back in place.)
“I was raised as a Hindu but became a Christian when I was 15. I agree wholeheartedly with you. A Christian practicing yoga makes about as much sense as a Hindu taking communion. Yoga is the physical expression of Hindu faith. Participating in it is dangerous.”
*Quote used with permission from Annette, a former Hindu now born again Christian. We were in a conversation on facebook and she said I could quote her.
In a word, ‘no’, Christians shouldn’t do yoga or meditation. Yoga is not biblical and you are actually opening yourself up to some nasty entities (demonic spirits/devils) if you do. Basically, yoga means to ‘yoke’ or to bond with. So by doing yoga you are yoking yourself, or bonding yourself, with the spirits behind it, one of which is Kundilini (a nasty serpent spirit).
The Spirit is so bold it has even named a type of yoga after itself, Kundilini yoga.
Unbeknownst to many people is the fact that all the poses are worship poses to something like 330 million Hindu gods and goddesses. So you can’t separate the “exercise” from the religion, because that’s what they are, the physical expression of the Hindu religion/faith.
Even so called “Christian yoga” is bad. Here is a quote from a website in which a devotee of yoga explains that there is no such thing as “Christian yoga”.
“There is no Christian Yoga.
By Yogi Baba Prem, Vedavisharada, CYI, C.ay, C.va It was quite astonishing to see on the flyer “Christian Yoga! This Thursday night….” I could feel the wheels spinning in my brain. “Christian Yoga”, I thought. Now while Christians can practice yoga, I am not aware of any Christian teachings about yoga. yoga is not a Judeo/Christian word! It is not part of the Roman Catholic teachings and certainly not a part of protestant teachings. It is not found within the King James Version of the bible. It is a Hindu word, or more correctly a Sanskrit word from the Vedic civilization. So how did we get “Christian Yoga”? From this I could conclude that “Christian Yoga” could only indicate one of two possibilities:
1) Christianity is threatened by yoga and is attempting to take over this system that is expanding and successfully teaching spirituality to the masses.*
2) Christianity is subconsciously attempting to return to the spiritual roots of civilization–the Vedic civilization”
This is what Jesus says about being yoked with something/someone: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29,30
I would much rather be yoked with Jesus than some demonic spirit that can cause all sorts of nasty things, for example ‘kriyas’, which are uncontrollable body jerks, which look really uncomfortable and possibly painful. I have included a few links, as they go into much more detail than I can here.
This last one is very good and has 3 parts. The first part doesn’t get going until around 5 minutes, but after that it gets much better. He is very good at explaining the origins and dangers of yoga.
Hopefully this should clear up why yoga shouldn’t be done by anyone, not just Christians. My advice would be to see a physiotherapist or a sports/gym instructor to learn some proper stretching exercises that aren’t linked to yoga.
*The way the western world has repackaged and re-branded yoga reminds me of the way the Roman Catholic Church took over Christmas and Easter, and “Christianised” them to try to get more people into the church. It has been done very subtly and unbiblical practises have crept in unawares.
Here is another link you may find useful. It is written by a Hindu woman and details the spiritual aspects of yoga and where it came from. Hint, it’s not Christian and it’s of the Hindu spiritual religion.
**Please note. I do not necessarily endorse everyone in the links I have posted, but they do have some great, detailed information about yoga and its dangers.