Yoga Is Not A Sin


I always have to open with the following statement to calm down hard-core Bible readers. I very much believe in God. In fact, I have an amazing relationship with God enjoying my prayer time and meditation sessions connecting with Him.

Alright so here we go😊 Years back a dear friend told me she needed to limit our time together. Her mother told her that my playing poker and yoga practice was a sin. My friend needed to back away from me so I did not penetrate her life with my behavior. Seriously… and the fact that my friend was buying into this knowing how spiritual I am blew my mind. We are still friends today. I love this family very much but some of the misguided beliefs are comical.

Her moms’ statement opened my eyes to how the altered Bible actually controls people. People are such sheep including myself at one point, over many of the political additions to this book. Many good people lose common sense over words that have been manipulated for thousands of years. Type into Google that yoga is a sin and all sorts of Biblical warning articles pop up. One of the top articles on the search page is written by a person with the best intentions. They use carefully picked scriptures to prove that yoga is an act sent from the devil. Actually, this individuals’ statements make a case for the opposite of what they believe.

“The goal of yoga is to be one with the universe. In Scripture you will not find anything to justify the practice of yoga. You can try to justify your sins but remember God is not mocked. You are the creation, you can’t be one with the Creator. Scripture never says to clear your minds, but it says to meditate on the Word of God.”
“Yoga is evil plain and simple, do not love the things of the world.”
“2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
                                                                                                                Biblereasons.com

Now let’s take a look at a beautiful snap shot on the spiritual meaning of yoga.

“In Sanskrit, The word yoga itself means “union”: of the individual consciousness or soul with the broader Universal Consciousness or Spirit.
There are many different branches of yoga, all of which can ultimately lead to the experience of union:
      • Hatha Yoga — a system of physical postures, or asanas, whose higher purpose is to purify the body, giving one awareness and control over its internal states and rendering it fit for meditation. This includes ashtanga, vinyasa flow, kundalini, Bikram or “hot” yoga, acro, SUP, aerial and all other forms of physical yoga.
      • Karma Yoga — selfless service to others as part of one’s larger Self, without attachment to the results; and the performance of all actions with the consciousness of God as the Doer.
      • Mantra Yoga — centering the consciousness within through japa, or the repetition of certain universal root-word sounds representing a particular aspect of Spirit.
      • Bhakti Yoga — all-surrendering devotion through which one strives to see and love the divinity in every creature and in everything, thus maintaining an unceasing worship.
      • Jnana (Gyana) Yoga — the path of wisdom, which emphasizes the application of discriminative intelligence to achieve spiritual liberation.
      • Raja Yoga — the royal or highest path of Yoga, immortalized by Bhagavan Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita and formally systematized in the second century B.C. by the Indian sage Patanjali, which combines the essence of all the other yoga paths. At the heart of the Raja Yoga system, balancing and unifying these various approaches, is the practice of definite, scientific methods of meditation that enable one to perceive, from the very beginning of one’s efforts, glimpses of the ultimate goal — conscious union with the inexhaustibly blissful Spirit.”
Spiritualityhealth.com

This belief stating that yoga connects us with demons and is a mockery of God couldn’t be more wrong. The author contradicts themselves when they say people should never clear their minds yet encourage meditation on the word. However, in order to properly meditate and receive Gods word and love, people have to clear their minds of worrisome thoughts. How can connection with the Lord happen if we do not clear our minds of daily rubbish. God does not want to deliver messages to a person who can’t stop focusing on what to make the kids for dinner, that stressful business meeting from this morning, the argument with the mother in law or achieving our own personal goals. These thoughts have to be drained in order to receive.

Becoming one with the universe is not bad, the ultimate connection is quite good actually. When you unite with the universe, God, the energy source of all creation, whatever you may call Him. People are not trying to go above God or be God. Receiving His love and instructions for our purpose here on earth is the goal. Yoga does not mock God. The practice prepares our bodies to give thanks and grow with a clean mind. We all know how many scriptures in the Bible say no one can be in the presence of the Lord unclean. This also includes our thoughts.

1-Cor.-6-17-But-he-who-is-joined-to-the-Lord-is-one-spirit

The yoga being evil statement is yet another fear-based belief that holds so many humans back. Yoga initiates unity and love with the spirit. Unity and love have nothing to deal with the devil. In fact, how many devil worshipers with satanistic tattoos do you see signing up for yoga sessions? The author’s and my friend’s moms’ thoughts are in reverse. The devil as they call it has actually fooled them out of connecting with God on a deeper level through fear. Yoga is not the only way to connect with God but calling the practice evil shows lack of common sense.

Corinthians 2 is a prime example of how this author and my friend’s mom have been fooled by Bible altering. Yoga has done nothing but make people more spiritual, less focused on material and more focused on serving others because the soul finds peace. Prior to yoga and meditation, I ran the rat race of material gain and selfish living. Opening channels regularly through stretching, followed by diving into intense prayer and meditation, has led me even more to God, not pushed me away. The meaning of yoga and all the different types to practice are meant to unite. God wants a united loving earth not a separated evil one.

50benefitsofyoga

We all know, wait I take that back, a majority of us know and understand that yoga has major health benefits. You can find numerous studies by doctors and universities that have proven the cardio vascular, mental health, blood sugar balancing and muscular benefits of practicing yoga. Confusion and modern ideals have lead people away from earth, aka God type healing, and fooled many into thinking we need pills and shakes to fix health. Don’t get me wrong, at some point we all need antibiotics or meds to heal. The problem is humans focus has shifted away from healthy eating and farm to plate. Less nutritious fast foods have become the focus for tired over worked citizens, followed up by a nightly cocktail. Eating clean and limiting alcohol can also bring about clarity of mind to connect with God.

When I practice yoga, I am not opening myself up to the devil. In fact, as the hour goes on and my heart and body open up because all the kinks and knots in my muscles have smoothed out relieving my brain. I spend time visualizing good on this earth and pray for others. I give thanks and spend time visualizing my dreams and goals. My practice ends with a huge shout out to God for loving and forgiving me all my life. Then I clear my brain of all wants and concerns. Peacefully resting in Hakini Mudra with a clear mind, I let God have a turn to speak.

worldpeace

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: