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It’s a much debated topic in Christian society that faces extreme heat, but which side is actually right? One side argues that yoga is sinful in every form, and another that no yoga is wrong.
Some yoga supporters have even gone so far as to create Bible-based yoga poses and teach classes in their city.
But how do we, as believers, know which speculations are correct?
In our speculations, we should always turn to God’s Word for answers and guidance, so let’s look at what we know based on the Bible.
1. God created movement.
…then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
When God breathed life into Adam, He called him into motion. “Get up!” He seemed to say. “Live and move and be healthy- prosper in the land I have given you.”
God doesn’t mean for us to sit around and waste the life that He has given us. We must arise, move, and use our energy to pursue Him.
Yoga is movement. God created each and every joint, ligament, muscle, and bone that help us to accomplish these poses.
2. Our purpose in life is to draw near our Savior.
“Know Him and make Him known-” That is our life’s mission. It’s the reason God breathed the breath of life into our nostrils.
When moving and using our bodies, we can glorify God. Prayer, recalling Scripture in our minds, and even just resting in His presence are things that give us a purpose, a reason to live. We become fuller and bloom when we draw near to our Savior.
So how does yoga help us accomplish this?
Rather than clearing our minds while practicing, we can fill our minds with the love of the Savior. Basking in His peace and hope, we can allow Him to tell us that we are His most prized possessions. We are enough- because He was and is enough.
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…”
Filling our hearts with God’s love for us is infinitely better than clearing it. We can draw near to God through movement! Yoga doesn’t have to be sinful. That leads us to the next point:
3. It’s all about your heart.
Why are you practicing yoga? Is it to clear your mind, please others, or connect to your “inner self?” If so, then yoga may not be right for you at this time.
But if you practice to glorify God by using the body He has given, to draw closer to Him, and to better yourself? Well, I believe that’s not sinful at all.
1 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
What are your reasons for participating in these exercises? Are you strong in your faith? Can you withstand temptation? Guard your heart- ask your Heavenly Father if yoga is something by which you can bring delight to Him.
Now, I’m not saying there aren’t types of yoga that are sinful. The purpose of many secular yoga classes is to “tap into your inner self and find your bliss.”
If we’re tapping into ourselves, where is our sense of worth coming from? Certainly not God. We begin to turn our attention to ourselves and avert our eyes from our Father. Not cool! As flawed humans, we will always fail ourselves.
However, there are many YouTube channels and companies that specialize in Christian yoga centered around Jesus.
One of my favorites is Caroline Williams Yoga on YouTube.
A yoga enthusiast living in NYC, Caroline’s mission is to connect with God while exercising the body. How awesome is that?
While still retaining original yoga poses, she reads Scripture and prays during practice, often offering poses in which you are able to turn your palms upward to heaven in surrender.
Genuine and real, these exercises are not about connecting with ourselves: they’re about connecting (or even re-connecting) with our Savior.
And I love it!
Yoga is something I truly enjoy. Rather than running a mile or using exercise machines, I can push myself to the limit while drawing nearer to God.
I’m learning to listen to His promises of love through yoga. I am loved. I am enough. The Creator delights in me.
And I pray that, even if you don’t participate in yoga, that you do too. Because every last one of them is true.
I realize that this is a controversial topic, and that we may not agree.
And that’s okay!
Believing (or not believing) that yoga is wrong isn’t going to matter in eternity.
Whatever your stance is, I’m glad and thankful that you took the time to read this post. I love all of you so dearly!!
I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for part 2 of Weekend of Posts- I look forward to seeing you.
I LOVE YOU ALL. YOU ARE WORTH IT.
~Annie Cate Anderson
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