Letter- Holy yoga?
Yoga is Hinduism. Yoga can never be "Christ-centered." The magazine Hinduism Today states that "A Christian trying to adapt these practices will likely disrupt their own Christian beliefs." Hinduism cannot be taken out of yoga. Hindu missionaries are in the United States and we are their mission field. Little did they know how easy it was going to be.
Yoga postures are Hindu rituals, not just a form of relaxation and stretching. As teachers, you are deceiving yourselves, your students, and (in this case) their parents if you think this is "Christ-centered" and you are "worshipping and celebrating God." Calling it "Christian Yoga" does not negate the source of the power. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that our fight is with the "evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world." Do not be surprised if during your meditation you fail to recognize who or what you have inadvertently invited in.
Two groups of people will refuse to believe this. Those who do not want to give up their yoga (believing that by their short-sighted human ability they can separate the spiritual Hindu part from the Christian part) and those who teach it. Eastern mysticism disguised as Christian yoga is big business as well as a way of watering down (comprising) the Christian faith as well as hindering one's ability to witness.
1 Timothy 4:1 tells us that "...in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons." I would urge the parents of St. Patrick's Catholic Church not to send your children to these classes. And to Bethel Highland's Lutheran Church, I would say that yoga by any other name is still yoga and has no place in a bible-believing church.
Pat Sabin, Hudson