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20 September, 2010 / theexpositor

The Subtle Body-Should Christians Practice Yoga?

by Dr. Albert Mohler at


When Christians practice yoga, they must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga. The contradictions are not few, nor are they peripheral. The bare fact is that yoga is a spiritual discipline by which the adherent is trained to use the body as a vehicle for achieving consciousness of the divine. Christians are called to look to Christ for all that we need and to obey Christ through obeying his Word. We are not called to escape the consciousness of this world by achieving an elevated state of consciousness, but to follow Christ in the way of faithfulness.

There is nothing wrong with physical exercise, and yoga positions in themselves are not the main issue. But these positions are teaching postures with a spiritual purpose. Consider this — if you have to meditate intensely in order to achieve or to maintain a physical posture, it is no longer merely a physical posture.

The embrace of yoga is a symptom of our postmodern spiritual confusion, and, to our shame, this confusion reaches into the church. Stefanie Syman is telling us something important when she writes that yoga “has augured a truly post-Christian, spiritually polyglot country.” Christians who practice yoga are embracing, or at minimum flirting with, a spiritual practice that threatens to transform their own spiritual lives into a “post-Christian, spiritually polyglot” reality. Should any Christian willingly risk that?

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One Comment

  1. Douglas / Sep 20 2010 17 28

    There is nothing wrong with physical exercise, and yoga positions in themselves are not the main issue.

    Correct, there is nothing wrong with physical exercise in and of itself because bodily exercise profits a little, moderation is the key, but godliness is of great gain.

    1 Timothy 4:7Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

    Yoga IS occultic and so are Martial Arts, I know, I was heavily involved with it all once upon a time.

    The trouble with “yoga positions” is, is that it is the way the whole Yoga concept is continually perpetrated. The physical positions and exercises of Yoga are the medium through which the spiritial (demonic spirits) aspects of Yoga are way passed on, into and possess the practitioner and meditation is the open doorway to let them freely in. One gets to a place of empty mind or unprotected mind. Scary. Most people say; “oh that’s just a load of baloney.” Ignorance is bliss, huh? Nearly all (if not all) forms of Eastern Martial Arts incorporate some type of Yogic practice into their training. There are some really powerful demonic forces behind Yoga and Martial Arts, that is for sure. What is amazing to see is so many professing Christians involved in the Martial Arts and Yoga, including those of the Reformed View. Toc! Toc! Toc! Where is the discernment? Out the window I’d say. Heaps of Calvary Chapel pastors are into Karate etc., teaching it to their congregants. Mind boggling, I can tell you.

    Right, I’m off to do a hundred pushups, on my little finger & me eyeballs, before one can say ‘Jack Robertson.’

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