My favorite part is when he gets into the dangers, not because I want to see people hurt, but because it shows how dangerous it is. What makes it even better in my eyes is that these warnings he posts are from Yogis themselves. Like Qigong (another meditation) Yoga is dangerous for your physical and spiritual health. A few are:
* doing the breathing wrong can cause permanent brain damage which is incurable (caused by a demonic entity no doubt)
* that the kundalini (serpent) energy can cause one to to go bonkers. He also posits that the purpose of all Yoga is to tap into this kundalini energy. We all know who else is a serpent, don't we?
Gleghorn also links to a site by a former Yoga instructor turned Christian, http://www.praisemoves.com/ which i haven't had a chance to check out much yet (update 10/3/11 this praise moves isn't any better. Her testimony is good, but praisemoves is very similar to Yoga. Beware) She does have an awesome breakdown of Yoga, and why its not something Christians should meddle with. She does offer an alternative called praise moves, which I haven't looked at yet. Look at it, but use your own judgement to ensure that she's not just up to a new trick. The main thing at her site is the "about us" which seems to look at Yoga quite in depth. I've only had the most superficial look at it.
So is your church having a Yoga class? If so, maybe you should speak up and say why its a bad idea. From what I've uncovered Yoga, regardless of intent, is designed to get one to foster a relationship with god as a force and the god within. Perhaps its akin to breathing. When I breath, i don't intend oxygen to get everywhere, but my body does it naturally. Perhaps Yoga is the same, doing the exercises manifests the energy no matter what. Apparently there is no way to separate the physical from the spiritual. In any event we are to reject the god within, which we call the self, we are to crucify ourselves daily and walk with Jesus. Only by placing our faith in Him, and having a relationship with Him can we have any relationship with the Most High God.
If you are doing Yoga, this is your chance to repent of it, confess it to Christ and ask for forgiveness. Ask Him to get rid of any demonic influence. The power of Christ can free you from this yoke of oppression. His yoke is light, take it up and follow Him.
I apologize also for not including copious amounts of scripture. I think that this one is mostly self explanatory in that 1) yoga falls into the doctrines of demons 1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from what we believe; they will follow lying spirits and teachings that come from demons.
Then we also know that yoga seeks relationships with other gods, which breaks the first commandment of having no other gods but THE God of the Bible.
If anyone wants to suggest some scriptures for this one, feel free. I'm not being lazy, I just think that the evidence speaks pretty well for itself, and Christians should know well enough that its bad stuff based solely on the evidence of danger in yoga.
"Efforts to separate yoga from its spiritual center reveal ignorance of the goal of yoga"
Update 10-3-11 proof that Yoga is spiritual, and not just exercise. Surprise! The poses have meaning in the spirit world!
Looks like Yoga's mental benefits are all in the head. This article claims that while Yoga helps low back pain, it's supposed mental benefits are not really such.
I would argue that the lower back pain is bunk too, not because i don't like Yoga, but my chiropractor told one of his patients that it was bad for their back. If you have low back pain, go to a Gonstead Chiropractor.
Here's some other info, courtesy of the Bhagavad Gita, their most revered scripture. In it they explain yoga is a sacrifice as is the breathing control they do. This sacrifice they do, they believe cleanses them from sin and brings them closer to enlightenment.
So anyone who says it's just exercise is ill-informed. It appears that Hindus (generally) believe, according to their own scriptures, that doing the yoga and breathing is part of their ritualistic sacrifice to attain "enlightenment".
Chpt IV verse 28 (from the online version)
"Having accepted strict vows, some become enlightened by sacrificing their possessions, and others by performing severe austerities, by practicing the yoga of eightfold mysticism, or by studying the Vedas to advance in transcendental knowledge."
"Still others, who are inclined to the process of breath restraint (Pranayama) to remain in trance, practice by offering the movement of the outgoing breath into the incoming, and the incoming breath into the outgoing, and thus at last remain in trance, stopping all breathing. Others, curtailing the eating process, offer the outgoing breath into itself as a sacrifice."
"All these performers who know the meaning of sacrifice become cleansed of sinful reactions, and, having tasted the nectar of the results of sacrifices, they advance toward the supreme eternal atmosphere."
One more, this more or less proves that the poses (asana) and the breathing (pranayama) in "exercise" yoga, are actually a part of Hindu religious practice. They are merely part of a whole, but still a part. The Bhagavad Gita (Hindu holy book) says to practice the "eightfold mysticism yoga" of which the "exercise" is a part.
Thanks to Gaz Parker for these links.
Yoga for Christians