What? This is a Yoga Class?

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 LIFEAuthor unknown, circa 1900; Music by Kathleen
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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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6 Responses to What? This is a Yoga Class?

  1. Stacy says:

    Kathleen: I’m glad you brought the downfalls of Yoga to our attention. As Christians we need to be discerning of false religions cleverly disguised even in our physical fitness classes. Those of us who would like to attend a class to “stretch” might ask the administrators of “Yoga” classes if there is another option. Perhaps we could suggest they offer a Christian stretching class instead? Then let’s encourage each other to be strong enough to boycott any kind of activity that elevates another source of power other than Jesus Christ, God’s Son. Blessings to you for proclaiming the Word of God boldly wherever you go.

  2. MEL T says:

    My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary last week in Lake Chelan, Washington. On the last day of our trip, a Christian friend, whom we hadn’t visited with for years, asked us to stay one night. At 90 years old, this lady is very active. She volunteers at the local city museum, property manager of her Condos, active in her church, and YES…goes to Yoga Class twice a week. Exercise maybe, but Yoga Class, we asked ourselves? Great piece to read and scripture to ponder for our actions in the community. “If Christians do it, why not me?”

  3. Matthew C says:

    Any Christian who is sensitive to the Holy Spirit would recognise that yoga is more than just exercise or whatever, as you did. The problem is…not all Christians are sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

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