yoga

I love yoga.

My body loves yoga as my primary work out. It is great for conditioning, strengthening, and building endurance. My body doesn’t hurt and ache when I am done. Instead it feels stronger, more resilient, toned, and capable.

I sweat.

I work hard.

I balance.

I breath.

But…I don’t Omm with my hands at heart center {at the end of my practice}.

I keep quiet. I just can’t do it. It feels weird, or sacrilegious. I don’t know. Maybe I should be okay with it. I am still working it out. But, until I do, I am just going to keep silent.

I mean, I am a Christian. Is it okay for me to Ommm… like a good yogi? What about if I said “Amen” instead?

So, my question for you reader, because I really want to know your thoughts, is this.

If Yoga were offered in a setting where quiet, meditative Christian music was played in the background, and Scripture was used to help you focus during deep breathing and meditation, would you be more inclined to try it?

Have you or others you’ve known been hesitant to try Yoga as a workout because of its eastern traditions?

I am curious to know your thoughts.

newly purposed,

jana

 

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8 thoughts on “yoga

  1. Hey Jana,
    Yes, I would. I have been hesitant because of the focus of yoga on “me”–tried it once (late 90’s) and was completely turned of by “becoming one with the floor”–just didn’t seem right I think if it was Christ-centered more people might be inclined to try that have not in the past. Thanks for all of your wonderful posts! God Bless!

  2. Hey Jana,

    I read this post and have prayed about it and pondered it since I did. I do not participate in Yoga but it’s because of personal conviction. I praise God for daily wisdom to equip up to seek Him in all matters. It is through Romans 7, (specifically verses 21-25) that I feel God showing me why I should avoid things that would influence my flesh to its natural inclination to sin. In those verses, it tells us that we are free from the law because God has fulfilled that law through his Son. However, we must also be watchful because evil always lies close, even we desire to do right. I’ll let you examine those verses for sake of space.

    In any event, I equate things like yoga to having a Buddha statue in the house for decoration only. I may not practice praying to the statue or rubbing it for spiritual benefit, but it does not help me either to even have it in my home. For me, I have to subject myself to the law of sin because of my flesh. As scripture says, our eyes are the lamps to our body (Matt 6:22). If we take in healthy we will be full of light. My supplication daily before Him is that I fix my eyes on Him and not fulfill my flesh-whatever form that takes on.

    Thank you so much for your obedience to serve God through your blog, I enjoy reading it.

    Blessings and Love

  3. I love this idea. Recently I helped plan a women’s wellness seminar at our church and yoga studios were left out as potential sponsors for this reason. I had never really thought about it this way.

    • Hi Laura, Thanks for your comment. Yeah, I think many Christian women reject the practice of yoga because of its eastern religion origins. Yet, I find that yoga is a wonderfully balanced workout for me – it balances strengthening and stretching. It is perfect for my lower back pain and achey knees. I try to find classes that do not focus on the spiritual practice of yoga as much. I use it simply as a wonderful way to stay in shape, my body loves it and I always feel so much better afterwards. When the time for meditation comes, I focus on scripture or just empty my mind completely. I think we tend to reject things we do not understand. I would be inclined to encourage Christian to give yoga a try, go with a friend, don’t feel threatened by the practice. I would be happy to engage in a dialogue about it. I truly want to understand why yoga is not a choice for many Christian women. ~ jana

  4. On the other hand, my Mom won’t have anything to do with yoga, because of its association with eastern religions. She knows I do it regularly, and is happy for the results I see with it, but would probably only consider doing it herself if it were a Scripture-based class.

  5. I like doing yoga, when the physical can be separated from the spiritual – ie, I’m not told to meditate on anything specific, just focus on my breathing and be aware of what my body is feeling. I actually prefer to think about what I’m doing, rather than mantras or even Scripture. I don’t multitask very well :) So I enjoy yoga, as long as it’s taught purely as exercise, nothing more.

I would love to hear from you!