“Christians don’t do yoga.” Periot. This is a view held by many Christians. Yoga is immediately associated with Hinduism and/or new age philosophy and dismiss it as being unsuitable for a child of God. If truth be told, I was one of those Christians – until I had SEVERAL conversations with God.
I started practicing yoga as a part of an intense treatment plan related to the ongoing healing process from a traumatic experience. My therapist – yes, I believe in Jesus and therapy – suggested that I begin to practice yoga to help my body let go of the trauma it was holding; note the yoga was in addition to intensive physical therapy.
After talking with God, my Pastor and Google – IN THAT ORDER, I realized that there was a way to approach the practice of yoga that would not dishonor God but would in fact enhance my relationship with Him.
“Christians don’t do yoga.” Periot.
I’m not saying that yoga is for every Christian. The Apostle Paul hit the nail on the head when he said “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13 KJV). So, it is for you to determine with God if the practice of yoga is right for you.
My practice, this website, is a part of my witness, my journey, my truth, my salvation and my walk with Christ. I am fully in step with the will of God for my life when it comes to using yoga to connect with God and heal my mind and my body and hopefully, help you in healing yours.
How did you come to practice yoga as a Christian? Let me know in the comments J
Until next time, continue to seek to encounter God on the mat!