Yoga - clean or unclean?

Some yoga caveats

Yoga and Hinduism are tightly intertwined.

The exercises act, as the name itself means, as a devotional 'yoke' to Hindu deities, Namaste the standard sanskrit greeting for closing sessions is 'I bow myself to, or worship you', not for Christian use except for God Himself.

Yoga sites are not shy about identifying the reality of the worship of Hindu deities implicit in the practice. The meditative, chanting exercises like Buddhist and hypnotic ones unwisely vacate the mind by focusing on one simple focus, whether an object a phrase or simple concept, in manner quite opposed to Biblical meditation, which involves contemplating, analysing and considering spiritual detail (Lk. 2.19, Psalm 1.2, 63.6, 77.12, 104.34, 119.15,148 etc).

Here are details from some fairly sober critics (1, 2, 3, 4) and the famous, slightly sensational, if now dated account of a converted former yoga Guru, who delved deeply into its practice.

One trial method, from which claims of therapeutic benefit for yoga are derived, entails 16 one hour sessions, one on one in a semi-darkened room over 8 weeks. This is a lot of investment in a dubious, pagan technique.

Finally there is an abundance of caveats about senior male instructors of female students (1, 2, 3, 4).

Avoid it! Stay clear!

'...Thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know:
and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified' (Daniel 5.23b)

Shiva the Destroyer - the 'supreme Lord of Yoga'
Idol of Shiva the Destroyer

'Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Cor.6.14-7.1)

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