Please watch the video above which is an interview featuring, an Ex-Hindu and former New-Ager, Caryl Matrisciana and the Bible’s view on yoga.
Many Christians are lured into the belief that we can adopt yoga practices from Hinduism and attempt to Christianize it, this is not pleasing to the Lord. Even if we simply practice yoga for its health benefits it is still very dangerous. The Bible has this to say concerning the adoption of such practices from other religions:
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
God never changes (Malachi 3:6; Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 13:8; James 1:17; 2 Timothy 2:13), so how can we possibly imagine that God is pleased when His followers adopt these pagan practices? As the video above informs us, yoga was designed by the Hindus as a means to connect with their gods, so any Christian who practices it is only connecting with the gods of Hinduism and opening himself or herself to demonic possession. The meditation aspect of yoga is actually not non-biblical but rather anti-biblical in nature; it is diametrically opposed to the Bible. In Hinduism, meditation discourages all forms of thinking and recommends the emptying of the mind, whereas meditation as defined by the Bible involves the very opposite, it invites deep thinking and focusing on the Word of God, the Bible.
O how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
I encourage Christians to turn to the Bible and learn what it says on this matter. Please do not be dragged into the practices of other religions done onto other gods. Furthermore do not be persuaded by the philosophies of these other religions:
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
This popularity of yoga and other practices of the other world’s religions are just a fulfillment of what has been prophesied to occur in the Last Days:
1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Let’s take Paul’s advice and keep ourselves away from these practices:
2 Corinthians 6:17
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
Choose this day who you will serve! A man cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24); a double minded man is unstable in all of his ways (James 1:8). I highly recommend that you immediately cancel your yoga and meditation classes if you take them and please warn those around you that still practice them. Who are you going to serve – the god of this world, the traditions of men or God? We ought to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29). If you are still not convinced of the dangers of yoga then please watch the following testimony of a former Hindu and her experience with yoga at the bottom of this post. You may also view an extended version of her testimony here. God Bless you.