I arrived early for my Pilates class and was surprised to discover that for some reason I was actually late! Moreover, there seemed to be a male substitute teaching the class!
I quickly unrolled my mat and began doing stretches with the group. But these stretches were different. I raised my hand, “Excuse me! Is this the Pilates class?”
“No, this is Yoga—you’re early for Pilates. But stay with us. You’ll find it’s very similar.”
I was hesitant because I have always been suspicious of Yoga. We once had a former guru from India speak at church. He said, “There is no Hinduism without Yoga, and no Yoga without Hinduism.” In addition, I once read an article about the required training for Yoga instructors. It was indeed spiritual and confirmed what the former guru had warned. It definitely had some Hindu and New Age influences.
I decided I’d stay for the remainder of the class, even though I felt some of the positions we were forcing our bodies into, could not possibly be good for anyone!
Suddenly the entire group loudly began to sing one note “OMMMMM” for what seemed like a minute. Then they placed their hands in a prayer position and recited in unison several sentences in another language. That ended the class and everyone picked up their mats and headed out.
I was curious and stayed to talk with the instructor. I asked him if they were speaking in the Sanskrit language. He said they were.
“But isn’t that the prayer language for the Hindu religion?”
He said, “Yes it is, but it’s also used in Yoga—Yoga is both peaceful and very spiritual.”
I smiled, “I’m spiritual too. I wonder if this facility would permit an exercise class that ended its sessions in a Christian prayer language? It’s very peaceful, as well.”
He said, “I really don’t know.”
I smiled, “Just a thought. Thank you for letting me join your class.”
- For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4
- ONLY ONE LIFE – Author unknown, circa 1900; Music by Kathleen
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