Yoga originated in Hinduism, and remains a large part of some Hindu practices today.However, things have changed in the last few thousand years, and most yoga currently practiced in America only slightly resembles the original practice.Judaism While we recognize Judaism pre-existed (and gave birth to) Christianity, Judaism has also had over two-thousand years to consider and respond to the claims of Christ.Much has been written about Jesus from a Jewish perspective, most interestingly by those early Jews who described Jesus in the centuries immediately following His life.We know that discernment is profoundly important in the life of a Christian.In a yoga class, we should be continually evaluating our own intentions and actions—just like we should be doing with everything, every day.
People trying to discover the truth about God would be wise to take a hard look at Jesus before looking anywhere else.
Driscoll claimed that “if you just sign up for a little yoga class, you’re signing up for a little demon class.” But we know Satan has no power over us that we do not give him! Driscoll’s concerns are well-founded, and echo many questions I have encountered in my own journey.
If the class is chanting, you can take that time to pray for those around you (though in five years of weekly classes, I’ve encountered chanting in only one of them). However, if you practice yoga with discernment and prayer, you can do exactly as Christ commanded the paralytic in the Gospel of Matthew: be healed, take up your mat and go home.
One of my teachers refers to yoga as “the process of noticing.” At its most basic, yoga is a physical discipline involving stretching, strength training and breathing exercises. If the Holy Spirit is dwelling within us, an inward practice is not selfish or demonic—it’s necessary.
By practicing the physical aspects of the discipline, we develop an acute awareness of the natural state of our bodies, increased focus and heightened self-control (Galatians ). For someone with the spiritual gift of discernment, this practice can be extremely valuable in cultivating your ability to recognize truth.