Many people do Yoga as exercise, but do you know where it actually comes from and the meaning of the exercise of Yoga?
DISCLAIMER: I decided to preface this blog with a disclaimer that says that some people may not be ready to receive this. I ask that you pray about it and let God help you decide what’s right in your heart. This is supposed to be a form of meat to some people and to other people it might seem to be a form of milk, but whatever your level of faith is that is what you have to operate in. But I encourage you to grow to keep an open mind, and be teachable to new levels of understanding and revelation. Read the whole article with wisdom and don’t overgeneralize the message that it is trying to teach. I am trying to show my understanding of the fine line between holiness and light, and darkness and deception and for those not ready to receive it I pray that someday you might be able to receive it.
The above sites were some of the sites I referred to when I first began to realize the term of Yoga. Some of the links may be dead. Did you know that the word “Yoga” means to be “yoked”? And did you know that when you are doing yoga you are essentially yoking yourself with the hindu “creator of the world.” We know that there is only one Creator and His name is YHWH, pronounced “YAHWEH”. Anyone other than that (except for Jesus because He is included as part of YHWH”) then you are dealing with someone who is of darkness. “God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all” [1 John]
I have some Christian and non-Christian friends and relatives who do or have done yoga. For the non-Christian people who do yoga, their ignorance leads them to be exposed to the powers of darkness, but for the believers who know and intimately desire to be with Jesus and to be in Heaven and yet yearn to “live a healthy lifestyle”, but don’t know what powers they are being subjected to when they participate in yoga.
I know someone who is a nonbeliever to this day that practices yoga, and was practicing yoga until they got struck with cancer. They didn’t know why they got cancer, and they left a pretty healthy life (they ate right, they did exercise (yoga), but they were committed to doing yoga. Now I am not saying that yoga in itself caused the cancer, but it left a door open. As a nonbeliever who becomes excused for their lack of knowledge, it might be a disgrace to God, and if He leads them to Him, then His blood will cover their sins. But for a Christian, that is supposed to live a sanctified and holy life and to be intimate with our Creator, Jehovah, YHWH, Father God, why would they want to be yoked with someone who is not the One that created them?
In essence when you are doing Yoga, you are being submissive to and accepting Hinduism and denying Christ. Why is that? Because there is a spirit behind it. The stretches you do in yoga line up the “chakras” in the part of the body, which are circles in the body, and cause that part of the body to be submission to the “hindu creator”, who we know is not the Creator of the Bible. I may even be as bold to say that hindu creator is actually satan. That we are submitting ourselves to the powers of darkness, if we decide to line up our body, and yoke up our soul to the one that is not from above.
Now I may have tried yoga once as a Christian not knowing what I was doing when I was doing it, but I can testify that the hindu belief system is demonic in nature. I used to be a hindu, and there are strong ties between the realm of the mind and the powers of darkness beheld in the mind when you practice hinduism, paganism, occultic, or any other belief that does not come from Jesus. When you have held these ties for a long time, and held to these beliefs for a long time, you become soulish. For more on that, I might have to talk about the three parts of a person (body, soul, and spirit). Think of them as three gears- left to right. We can get stuck in the first gear sometimes, and then when we try to go to the the third gear we get stuck in second gear. That’s where things like music have a large role.
During this time, in which today is actually Rosh Hashanah, a Jewish Holiday, but has value in Christianity, the emphasis is on Holiness and cleansing and getting your heart right with God. When you get your heart right with God and walk a path of holiness your life becomes different.
Some people focus on yoga for exercise and losing weight, but there’s nothing like good old fashioned cardio, lifting weights, and the best walking if you are able. Besides yoga is really hard. Why would you want to put yourself through that when 1) there are other ways to exercise 2) it’s not going to bear any fruit in the long run?
Now I have to mention breathing – I know there is a yoga-based breathing technique for relaxation – actually there’s more than one. But the real breath in the Bible, comes from the Holy Spirit, or the Spirit of God, called ruwach. So when God put His breath in us when He created us as humans, we were given a breath of life. But when we became born again, we inherited a new breath of life, which is His Holy Spirit. So when we breathe, we should put this in mind – “This is the air I breathe, Your very presence living in Me.” [from the song]
As far as relaxation goes, nothing can give us peace like Jehovah Shalom. He even was peace for Gideon when he was afraid, “24Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it, The Lord is Peace.” Judges 6:24
What does the Bible have to say about meditation? Again, one of my favorite verses, Philippians 4:8 8For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them] or meditate on them.” (emphasis mine)
You make think that you need to relax, need to de-stress, need to get in shape, need to be worry free, but I am telling you that there is nothing so big that our God can’t solve and that your answers must be found in yoga, but your answers are actualy found in Jesus. To find that peace that can only be found in Jehovah Shalom, the God that is of peace. When you don’t have that peace you go looking in other places to find it. As far as exercises go, I know that prayer alone cannot help you lose weight, but using godly wisdom when it comes to exercise and discerning the spirits when it comes to exercise, nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle, can lead you to fulfill the deep desires of your heart. And if you don’t believe in Christ, then I pray that someday you’ll see what can fill that void in your life.
In my revision of this article I’d like to thank someone for oversimplifying the answers when it comes to things like exercise and faith. Sometimes it takes a stretch of faith to walk the line of holiness and that takes a deeper level of maturity and a walk with Christ.