Practicing yoga is worshipping false gods. It's a pagan activity and it has bad spiritual consequences because it offends God.
SIX REASONS WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULD NOT PRACTICE YOGA
As a Christian, I don't practice Yoga. Even though it seems to be a good thing, Yoga comes from ancient Indian spiritual practices and is an explicitly religious element of Hinduism (although yogic practices are also common to Buddhism and Jainism).
1- Yoga is related to hinduism, buddhism and jainism, in other words nothing to see with christianity
Yoga stems from the Vedas - the Indian holy texts that were composed from around 1900BC. Besides yoga, three major religions came from those texts - Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism
Does christianity have anything to see with hinduism, buddhism, jainism? No
2- Yoga has a set of twelve positions called “Sun salutation”. Isn't it a way to worship the sun?
Salute to the Sun or Sun Salutation, is a practice in yoga as exercise incorporating a sequence of some twelve asanas.
It is originally called Surya Namaskar (Sanskrit: सूर्यनमस्कार IAST: Sūrya Namaskār) ,
The asana sequence originated in the Hatha Yoga tradition on 9th century in India. The set of those 12 asanas is dedicated to the vedic-hindu solar deity Surya. In some Indian traditions, the positions are each associated with a different mantra.
Variant sequences called Chandra Namaskar ( Moon Salutation) have also been created. Source
Please note that
The name Surya Namaskar is from the Sanskrit सूर्य Sūrya, "sun" and नमस्कार Namaskār, "Greeting" or "Salute".
Surya is the Hindu god of the sun. This identifies the sun as the soul and source of all life. Chandra Namaskar is similarly from Sanskrit चन्द्र Chandra, "moon".
The real God clearly says:
Deuteronomy 5:7 “ You shall have no other gods before me.” Source
Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I myself am he! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand. Source
As mentioned above, God brings to life. God is the only source of life.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. Source
And God created the sun, the moon and the stars. Actually God created everything in the universe including human beings.
We don't have to worship the sun, the moon. We must worship God.
Genesis 1: 14–19
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,
15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.
16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.
17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth,
18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day. Source
God created human beings and has put his fingerprint in them
Genesis 1 : 26–28
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Source
3- Jesus used to pray in the morning, he didn't use to say “hello to the sun". And of course he was praying God (the Father).
Mark 1: 35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
4- However yoga's meditations are prayers related to spiritual ceremonies in hinduism, buddhism and jainism. They use mantras and mudras. Mantras are words pronounced for spiritual powers. Mudras are gestures with hands and fingers: for example the gesture that consists of joining the thumb and the index is called gyan mudra or jnana mudra.
In Sanskrit, jnana means wisdom and mudra means gesture. So jnana mudra is the gesture of wisdom.
As christians we all know that wisdom comes from God. And we all know that our spiritual power comes from Jesus' blood. We don't have to pronounce mantras, our references are verses found in the bible. And Jesus' name can break chains that all mantras put together will never break.
Mantras, mudras, all those things are related to false gods like Buddha, Shiva, Vishnu and more. Attachment, participation, homage, faith, love, devotion, worship to false gods are promoted in bhakti yoga.
5- Yoga is linked to pagan terms like karma, chakra
Yoga is related to a lot of terms or concepts linked to reincarnation and other things that are the opposite of what God says. The concept of karma is a pure offense against God because God says we have one life on this planet but in hinduism and buddhism, karma is the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. In other words, karma promotes the concept of reincarnation while we only have one life in this world. Those who die don't come back on this planet in another life. Yoga is linked to that lie. Oh yeah, of course there's karma yoga.
6- Yoga doesn't recognize Jesus as our savior
Yoga is also associated with what they call moksha (in Jñāna yoga, also known as Jnanamarga). Moksha means salvation, liberation.
As christians we all know that our salvation comes from Jesus!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Jesus saved us through his blood, Yoga can't save us or even make us find wisdom. We can live without Yoga but we can't live without God. Practicing Yoga is worshipping false gods while God clearly says that we can't have two masters.
Physical exercises are great for health. If you want to do exercises, as a christian you can choose options that are not related to pagan ceremonies. Don't worship false gods. To the real God, the Almighty God, the Most High be all the glory!
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