Yoga: More than Meets the Eyes??

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By the Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

You may find this a stretching article in body, mind and spirit.  I have intentionally avoided writing this article for years, because I knew that it might be unavoidably controversial.  To be honest, I have been waiting for someone else to write this article instead of me.  Like most pastors, I want people to like me.   With genuine reluctance, I eventually faced my conflict avoidance, obeyed the Lord and read hundreds of yoga books in our local public libraries.  In preparing this article, I have not read one book which warns against yoga.  All book citations in this article are from yoga advocates and practitioners.

               To many people, yoga is just the hottest new exercise fad for younger women.  Twenty million North Americans are now doing yoga, including around four million men.  These twenty…

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6 thoughts on “Yoga: More than Meets the Eyes??

    • You are welcome, Scott. This is a subject I feel needs to be understood by Christians as many think it is a harmless way to exercise. Ed has put a lot of time and effort into his article and I am thankful for it.

  1. Sometimes I have to honestly catch myself whether I’m irked about the yoga exercise itself, or the fact that them folks are so slim by just doing stretching exercises.

    But in reality, we really have to face the fact about it being not just an ordinary exercise, but one full of wrong kinds of meditations.

    Great share, thanks.

    • Thank you for the comment. This is a well-researched article that I have referred people to. So many have no conception about what is involved with yoga exercises and positions. It is a dangerous thing to meddle with, as is martial arts.

      • hmmm…martial arts too?
        that one i hadnt heard of

        perhaps japanese martial arts (karate, judo, aikido…) because its so disciplined

        but i dont think there is for korean or chinese (no meditating involved); just a whole lotta punching, kicking, whacking (hehe) and self defense moves

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