The Spiritual Deception of Yoga

William - Fife, Scotland

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It is the purpose of this short testimony to show that yoga is a spiritual deception. 

If you think that you can use yoga only for physical training and not be affected by its spiritual side, you are wrong. You are wrong if you believe the many websites and teachers in the West who declare that yoga is just a harmless physical exercise.

The Bible warns of such spiritual seduction: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” (1 TIMOTHY 4:1).

Speaking from my own experience, I am convinced that yoga is one of the seducing doctrines God expressly warns about in the above scripture. I started yoga at age 16, and practiced every day for 1-2 hours. It seemed to strengthen my body and improve my flexibility. At the age of 18, I dived into it (I was at that time unemployed) and did some 4-6 hours of yoga daily. I was convinced that yoga enlightened my own spiritual intelligence and enhanced my physical fitness. I would have vehemently denied that there is anything religious in yoga or that I was in any way influenced by the spiritual or religious aspects of yoga. The following is why I think differently today.

The Roots of Yoga

Let us take a small look at the roots of the yoga tree - and also have a smell at some of its fruit - for well did Christ say in MATTHEW 7:16Ye shall know them by their fruits.

I am convinced that yoga is one of the seducing doctrines God expressly warns about...

It was the Lord Krishna (one of Hindu's many millions of deities), in the Bhagavad Gita, who introduced the ritual of yoga as a way of achieving union with the universe. The Sanskrit word yoga actually means "union" or "yoking", aiming at bringing about the union of the human spirit with the spirit of the universe. But what is more deeply meant is a separation from the physical illusion of life.

A great part of Hindu teaching is that this world and all we see, is nothing more than an illusion.

Ironically, while yoga in the west is, more often than not, promoted as a way to achieve health and a better way of living; in the east, where it originated, it is more openly understood to be a way of dying.

In Hindu and Buddhist writings yoga is described as the only sure way of escaping the endless cycle of reincarnation and the laws of karma, thereby enabling someone to reach the Hindu idea of heaven (named "moksha") – or in the terminology of Buddhist teachings, to return to the buddhistic void (named "Sunyata") - where the idea of it being a way of dying reaches its finality.

Moksha is by most Hindu schools understood to mean the state "which is beyond being", while "Sunyata" means simply emptiness. Both of these accomplishments have, as their finality, the destruction of the self.

In other words, the physical exercises and positions ("asanas"), along with the breathing techniques ("pranayama"), and meditation ("dhyana") were originally developed for VERY spiritual and religious reasons. The Bhagavad Gita testifies of it in over 50 verses, and certainly it would be difficult not to classify the Bhagavad Gita as a guide to Hindu religion.1

How Yoga Became Popular in the West

Although yoga has been known to the West since before Christ, and has been practiced in the East for almost 3000 years, it really only took off in the West in a significant way around the same time of the explosion of the drug culture in the 60’s, and the growth of certain types of music.

Many people involved with psychedelic drugs were (and are still today) attracted to any experience that offered an expansion of conscience, or a change of perceived reality.

It was due to this changing Western (drug) culture that many Hindu missionaries (among other spiritual leaders peddling new religions) slowly began to realise that through the new psychedelic experiences, the West was now entertaining a transcendental experience, or non-physical reality that it had previously been unaware of—or more likely, had simply chosen to ignore. Mind expansion, or altered states of conscience and a search for spirituality, without the constraints of religion were suddenly all the rage, and anything that offered a new experience was sought after with great interest. Very few questions were asked as to the source of these new highs and experiences.

Thus the West was gradually introduced to an ancient Eastern religion through the medium of yoga.

One of the Lies Today

One branch or path of yoga is called Hatha Yoga and this is probably what most people in the West associate with the word "yoga" – believing it is being practised only for mental and physical health.2

Some of the positions in yoga are not quite as harmless as they may appear, but are obviously of occult origin, as in the “cobra”, which is usually followed by “greeting the sun” – and taking the pose of the “mountain”. These are all positions which are designed to welcome Hindu gods.

In the Hatha Yoga Pradipika it mentions the following in chapter one:

Salutations to Shiva, who taught the science of Hatha Yoga. It is the aspirant’s stairway to the heights of Raja Yoga... Yogi Svatmarama … explains the science of hatha for one reason – Raja Yoga.

So here we see clearly that Hatha Yoga was specifically designed to lead the practitioner onto Raja Yoga. Raja Yoga, however, is chiefly concerned with the cultivation of the mind through meditation.

Shiva is also known as the Destroyer (of evil) or Yogeshwara (Lord of Yogis). Shiva's consort is Devi, or Kali, the goddess of death.

Therefore, the idea that Hatha Yoga is "purely physical" is very much once again a distortion of the truth (in other words, an outright lie) and indeed begs the question "Why the cover up or confusion?"

Ouija boards, Tarot cards, Astrology signs and symbols may all seem harmless to some, but like yoga, they have an idea attached

Of course, it could be asked whether something purely physical can have any spiritual implications. One needs only look at such practices as Ouija boards, Tarot cards, Astrology signs and symbols may all seem harmless to some, but like yoga, they have an idea attached to them that is the problem.

A further example that shows how something physical can have spiritual implications is to be found in the account of the Garden of Eden. For in Genesis chapter 3 we have an introduction to the enemy of God and mankind, making the suggestion to Adam’s wife, Eve, that by doing something purely physical (i.e. eating from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) she would not only receive a mighty spiritual blessing, but would indeed live forever, and become as a god.

The real result of this action was Adam and Eve being cast out from Eden and the Fall of Man. Ever since then, man has been trying to sneak back into paradise by jumping over the hedge as it were (using drugs and mysticism).

Karma & Reincarnation

Yoga was specifically designed as a way to escape the constant and never-ending deaths and rebirths of reincarnation - ("...the fire of yoga burns all Karmas", Kundalini Yoga, by Sri Swami Sivananda).

There is much discussion amongst the various Hindu branches concerning karma itself. It is variously claimed that it is not so strict, that it does not always come to pass in this life, it may not come to pass for a few lives, and some consider Karma to be a very just law, as it demands equal in repayment (very much a black eye for a black eye). In any case, as a "law" it is very impersonal, and knows no pity neither does it accept any extenuating circumstances.

If it is a law that demands equal in repayment, then the following sequence of events must occur:

If I steal from someone - I will have something stolen from me, in this life or a next. This means that someone else will have to take the role of thief (#2). Which means that thief #2 will have something stolen from him, in this life or a next. This means that someone else will have to take the role of thief (#3)….And so the wheel turns continually.

Does one remember what one did wrong? Believers in reincarnation will respond with "in the sub-conscience" but how may I change if it is locked away in my sub-conscience? How can I learn from it?

Reincarnation, which was designed to help us work off bad karma, can be upwards or downwards - meaning I could be reborn as an animal or even a vegetable (of course, the various branches of Hindu disagree on this also).

Basically I am being given countless chances, in order to reach a heaven where my personality is then destroyed.

To further investigate this, we shall take an example of such a person as Pol Pot (leader of the Cambodian communist movement known as the Khmer Rouge) - responsible for the deaths of 1.7 to 2.5 million persons.

In order to work off his bad karma, he would have to participate in a minimum of - let’s say a conservative 1.5 million - reincarnations (that's ignoring the tortured victims whose lives he also destroyed).

The idea of karma however goes so far that some believers will not help people...

The idea of karma however goes so far that some believers will not help people - as you may inadvertently be helping someone who is in trouble due to bad karma, and who is supposed to be working it off - and so by helping them you actually take away their chance to work it off.

This all stands of course in total opposition to the Word of God - as stated in HEBREWS 9:27 - "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"

Is it not a strange situation that in India, where the teaching of karma and reincarnation has been alive for longer than anywhere else in the world, that the economic progress there only breeds social injustice and that poverty, starvation and terrible suffering just continue to increase?

Personal Result of Yoga - Awakening Kundalini

It may be true that the asanas (positions) and even perhaps the pranayama (breathing) can have health benefits, but the ultimate goal in yoga is something much more sinister. Very few Western yoga teachers actually touch upon this aspect of yoga – but according to the ancient texts, it is indeed the main aim - the asanas and the pranayama really intend to produce the awakening of what is known as "kundalini power", which is taught as being a snake coiled around the base of the spine.

When this serpent is awakened, it will then move up through the body, through the "chakras" (the so-called life-force centres) and once it reaches the "crown chakra" (or the top of the head) it will explode into the so called "thousand-petalled lotus".

This is when the danger really starts, and for many people from this point onwards it is almost impossible to return to any semblance of normality. The ancient texts actually include a warning about this, but most Western teachers are either ignorant of it, being too aware of the vast revenues that yoga can bring in, or are indeed themselves deceived and are willingly leading people down a very dangerous path.

Swiss occultist Carl Jung, in his book “The Collected Works of CG Jung" - termed it "a deliberately induced psychotic state". Now, in most societies, deliberately inducing a psychotic state in oneself would lead to various sections of the Mental Health Act being quoted whilst having oneself bundled into a white van by some police officers.

I myself came very close to this stage. After I practiced yoga intensively (4-6 hours a day) for about a year, I began to be very depressed and nervous, but as I was unaware of the cause of this depression, I continued to use yoga as a way of filling my day.

One day, whilst being deep in pranayama and meditation, something in my mind exploded...

One day, whilst being deep in pranayama and meditation, something in my mind exploded, and my conscience turned white. Suddenly, there were beings dressed in white robes at my side (in the corner of my eye only, in my peripheral vision), telling me that they would guide me into a new life if I would only continue with my yoga.

I did not like that too much, and did not understand what was happening; neither had any of the books I had been reading mentioned anything about this manifestation, so I stopped. I was left in a sort of semi-aware state at that point (similar to the point one would reach just before or after the peak of an LSD trip), and I was also very much aware of what I could only describe as a rent in the fabric of this reality.

I went back into my asanas / pranayama the next day again, and within minutes these spiritual beings were back, with the same advice. They were insistent that I listen to them. There was a palpable anger now also given off by them, as I had consciously rejected them by stopping the day before.

I stopped again, and never returned to it. But I was always aware that these spirit-beings were angry with me, and I had no peace at all from then on. Only in drunken oblivion or drugs could I find any peace.

What Do You Do about It?

Things may not have become as bad as that for you, but be aware anyway – if you practice yoga, you practice Hinduism; and the more you do it, the more you open yourself up to the spiritual side of it. Thousands of others have experienced very similar things while practising yoga. Not all have been as fortunate as I in being set free from this – many have become insane, or indeed been driven to suicide.3

It was at the point in my life when things really got out of control that I met a Christian and I started going to Christian meetings (more for the very decent food than anything else). On the second meeting I was offered the opportunity to really find and experience God.

I received the Holy Spirit within seconds through the laying on of hands, as described in the Acts of the Apostles. As soon as I had received this freely given gift from God, a real peace came; the voices and pressures left, and joy and realisation came almost instantly. The blackness that had followed me around (the "rent in the fabric of this reality") was also gone.

My life has changed drastically since then. Instead of constantly focusing on myself I try to focus on other people. Instead of trying to find self-fulfillment through yoga, I found true peace. Yoga is a very selfish way of life, yet it doesn’t produce the results hoped for. Instead it is a lie and brings only destruction. How true are Christ’s words in MATTHEW 16:25For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

So many try to “save their lives” (fill the void in their lives) through all sorts of things, including yoga, but the void will never be filled – they will end up losing their eternal soul.

We live only once, and while here in this life, we are to follow the example of Jesus Christ as presented in the Bible. When we die, "we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad" - 2 CORINTHIANS 5:10. Those who were born-again through receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit and by full submersion baptism, and who have given their lives in following Christ, may enter the eternal paradise of the soul where only love, joy and peace abide, in personal fellowship with Jesus Christ. The sinner and rebel against God will be removed from His presence after this judgment, and placed into a place of eternal torment.

...Do you want to follow Shiva ...who is also named the Destroyer - or Christ

You have to make a choice: Do you want to follow Shiva (who taught the “science” of Hatha Yoga) who is also named the Destroyer - or Christ, who came to heal and save, and who has proved by His life, death and resurrection that He is Lord and that He loves us without us having done anything to deserve it.

Yoga is not just a harmless physical exercise, it opens the door to demonic control. On which side do you ultimately want to stand? The devil’s or Christ’s? The consequences are more serious than you might realise.

JOHN 10:10 - "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

And how is this abundant life given by Jesus Christ?

JOHN 3:5 - "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."

by William Downs, Newburgh, Scotland, Wednesday, April 21, 2010

  • 1. One need only read the writing of E.A Wilder-Smith (The Cause and Cure of the Drug Epidemic and The Drug Users) or Charles T. Tart, 'The End of Materialism - How Evidence of the Paranormal is Bringing Science and Spirit Together or Altered States of Consciousness' to more clearly understand this relationship.

    That the drug culture explosion in the 60's was very much a carefully controlled operation is not generally known. This statement itself may be the topic for hours of discussion and may unfortunately belong to the genre of "conspiracy theory" - however, most people who have any sort of interest in these topics are aware of the LSD experiments carried out by certain US Government agencies - starting in the 1950's with Project MKULTRA. (The Search for the Manchurian Candidate: The CIA and Mind Control, by John Marks, and also Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond, by Martin A. Lee)

  • 2. Hatha Yoga basically describes any of the physical practices of yoga. Yoga has eight limbs, only one of which, asana, involves doing yoga poses. When you do lyengar, this is hatha yoga; when you do ashtanga, this is hatha yoga also. Therefore, “Hatha yoga” can be used interchangeably with simply “yoga”.
  • 3. Watch for example the film “Gods of the New Age” which includes testimonies of yoga teachers who describe in detail that which I described above.


I've been doing Yoga exercises since I picked up a paperback book of exercises in the 70's at the age of 16. I'm not a yoga fanatic but still do my yoga exercises here and there when I can. I never ever thought of it as anything but stretching. I always felt great after and felt like I was taking care of my body. I do have to say about a year ago, I was about almost done with my yoga tape and my mind was releasing all kinds of emotions. I am very much concerned of losing my 89 year old mom so while exercising was also crying. Suddenly, a voice spoke to me "everythings going to be alright". Honest, no lying, I heard this voice. I was not scared but thought to myself that God just spoke to me. He was telling me everythings will be ok. I only told my mom and daughter because I thought people would think I am strange or sick. That was a year ago, I have never had this happen to me since. What is your opinon? I consider myself a Christian, Baptist.

Greetings from Scotland and many thanks for taking the time to read this blog.

You ask for my opinion about the voice? Well, I cannot say. It may have been the Lord. I suppose it could have been something else also - depends on the outcome and on how fitting with what actually happened.

I am just careful when it coms to spiritual things. As the background of yoga is so terrible, I avoid it. In that respect I have to compare yoga to fornication ... it may feel good, but will lead to disastrous consequences, which may only become apparent when we enter into the afterlife.

Pax et Lux


I don't credit this at all but I wonder why our pineal gland does this action trip and the heart does more than what we are told, And why all these internal parts of us does these thing. And all what we have like the heart, pineal gland and the others etc.
But why does our organs and Brains have these traits? If we can't feed them cause that what you have to do to all parts of your body is feed it, Lungs need air, stomach food, brain needs data/learning, ect. But hearing this I understand what you're say it does make sense but these things can happen without yoga practice I had an experience myself.
But by all the laws of God, if this is wrong I will follow the path of God, but what was Jesus trying to show us lots of things being doctrine really, but what was said to the guy who write this does make sense.

We do indeed have to feed all parts of ourselves - but we are to feed them correctly, with that which is pleasing to the Lord.

Pax et Lux


I disagree. I believe in the Christian God and I practice yoga for the simple intention of relaxation and stretching. I sit all day in a chair, and am a high stress person. At first, I was concerned with the practice, but after speaking with others who 1) are Atheist and refuse to believe in any type of God yet practice yoga and 2) other believers of Christ who practice, they confirmed that it is just a form of exercise and meditation. Simple as that. No need to chant, no need to ask any other deity for focus and peace other than your own. If one is uncomfortable with going to a studio where they may have symbols or altars, they can simply get a DVD and practice at home, like I do. Kundalini can only be awakened when you actually desire and focus for it to (4-6 hours a day, hello?). The average person attending a 30 minute class is thinking "I need a milkshake after this." At least that is what I am thinking, and that tells me that I am in no way practicing Buddhism or any faith at that point. I decided long ago that God gave me a brain and intention, and He doesn't require me to be afraid of life in order to worship Him. There is a beautiful world out there...I hope you find it.

Hi, instead of turning to an atheist and luke warm christians for answers on this become born again and turn to Jesus for answers and He will show you yoga is evil and give you rest

Many thanks for your ideas.

As someone else wrote here "If there is an INKLING that yoga can invite the demonic, why risk it"...

The fact that the background to Yoga is demonic without question, and is actually well known, makes me wonder why people still insist that it's harmless. Agreed, my practice was to extreme - but I was doing it to cover up some extreme hurt in my life. I broke through to the other side indeed, into an area (dimension) which we are to leave alone. It exists. I am not alone in this, many people in the world have experianced the evil side of the spiritual, and many more are thereby decieved.

It's interesting that some confirmed to you that Yoga is "just a form of exercise and meditation" - I wonder if this conclusion was arrived at by study and prayerful contemplation of the Word of God - or arrived at just by experiance? Those who invented it and in whose books it was first written about say otherwise.

Anyway, I think it was Matthew Henry who said "there are none so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see."

BUt I know it was the Lord who said: James 4:4, Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Pax et Lux


I have done yoga about 5 times. I thoroughly enjoyed it at those times, and I too thought " if I'm a Christian, none of this new age stuff will touch me. HAH! The enemy loves this way of deceiving. Like shooting fish in a barrel. I'm watching a documentary on spiritual warfar and it is AMAZING the things Christians (I) didn't know! I thought demons couldn't touch me "because of the Blood", I thought when I got saved I was automaticly an untouchable to Satan! I thought pleading the blood in a situation was all I needed to do to "fix" an issue. We need to repent. After that we need to command the demons/satan to leave and take back the ground WE gave them.
We do it so thoughtlessly and I believe yoga is a big one. Like a wolf in sheeps clothing, here it came cloaked in "better health" and "relaxing" and "good exercise".....I had NO idea the history and religious background yoga had. Everyone seems to be doing it so it MUST be safe! Nope. No thank you. I do not want to be double minded or Serve two gods. I am in Christ alone. If there is an INKLING that yoga can invite the demonic, why risk it?! And what say you to God when you die? "Oh, sorry....I didn't know." It is our duty, to ourselves, to GET educated. Love to you all. I pray God would open the eyes of the blind and ears of the deaf, that He would give us all courage to share and warn in love, and that He would protect William as he continues to help educate all of us that are seeking answers. Godly, biblical answers. May God bless you and protect you, William, and everyone else that is choosing "the road less travelled" and speaking up about this.

Thank you very much indeed for your comment and kind words.

I especially liked your comment "If there is an INKLING that yoga can invite the demonic, why risk it" ...

I'm very glad you found the truth for yourself...

in the Love of Jesus Christ


I'm a warlock and plan to spend the remaining days of the trifecta casting deadly spells on the Christians who wrote this libelous article. You will be followed by a dark cloud for your remaining days.


Well, I'm a Christian and I will spend some days during a coming time of prayer in praying that the Lord Jesus grants you repentance before you die, and that he reveals the great love of God to you.

Pax et Lux


Thank you for your insights, I have been concerned about "Christians" that participate in yoga. One concern I have for you has more to do with salvation than yoga. One of the thieves on the cross beside Jesus asked him for salvation and Jesus granted him salvation that very day (Luke 23:43), and yet he never got baptized. Although baptism is an important step of obedience, the bible does not teach it as part of salvation, but I did very much appreciate your accounts and views on yoga.

Many thanks for your comments...

The Lord granting salvation to the thief on the cross is an interesting point, but not one that I personally can use to prove any point...

Before I could say that you have shown that baptism under the new testament was not needed by using the example of the thief on the cross, you would need to explain to me the following points:

1) Was the thief not still under the Old Testament laws?

If the thief was indeed still under the Old Testament laws, then it would actually not have been possible for him to be saved, for it says in Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Christ was neither dead not ressurected at this point... therefore the thief was not able to confess anything. Christ was not yet dead, and the scriptures say in Romans 6:3,4 that we are indeed baptized into His death..It says in Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

2) Perhaps the thief was already baptised? ... as we read in Matthew 3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. Perhaps the thief was one of them, and then if the Gospel was already in effect (which, as we have seen above, does not seem likely) - the thief may have been more likened unto a backsldden child of God, who repented before his time was up... If you read the account of his words to Christ whilst on the cross, then it would seem that he was indeed a believer - for he gives a better understanding of what Christ was about to go through than even the Apostles at that time - for he both speaks of Christs entering into His kingdom, as well as acknowledges Christ sinless nature.

Christ granted salvation to others at various times during His ministry - and this was also questioned ...

Mark 16 and Acts 2:38 (among other scriptures) seem to sum the need for baptism up quite nicely.

If you desire to discuss, please do write again.



I am a Muslim and I already knew that yoga was bad from Islamic scholars but it wasnt in detail as much as this so thankyou.(btw if ur thinkin y a Muslim is looking at this, its coz most of the concepts are similar) ^ scary story, well done on the recovery and Inshallah others will stop before it gets too late, expecially if its as dangerous as your experience - there are enough possesions/mental health issues without us having to add to it. Anyways thanx for the info again.

Indeed, hearing something supportive from someone of a different faith is indeed uplifting.

The information I included here can for the most part be gained from various internet sites and books - and the personal part is not unique to myself either.

But nonetheless many thanks for your supportive words ...


Would normal stretching be considered "yoga"? What if I just stretch and don't worship any gods or do any of the breathing techniques? In fact, just more of my personalized stretches but for flexibility. I'm a dancer and it's very necessary for my movement.
I never got the right feeling from yoga - was never interested in it. I did bikram for a few months but it was only in the hope of being able to get where I wanted faster as far flexibility goes
Because of the heated room! Heat apparently looses the muscles and long story short I was trying to get into a middle split and thought it would help.
Anyways lol
This is all really crazy how a lot of these things that we encounter now a days are more popular than ever
I never knew about chakras yoga "oneness" meditation astrology numerology expanding your consciousness, till the internet blew up.
This world is totally twisted! I love the sober state, it always feels right. Being under the influence of drugs like mushrooms, lsd or dmt is really scary. Seems like fun and giggles at first but once you really get to pay attention and set all the rubbish aside you can see the material and how in those states of awareness one can never wish to stay there forever.

Hi There,

normal stretching is of course just that - stretching. It's the meditation and breathing and the whole concept that is a mess and leads to the spirit world.

Thanks for using the website and your comments

Kindest greetings from Scotland


Hello! I wanted to say...I appreciate your testimony on the yoga practice. I have a friend on facebook who is an instructor who claims to be a Christian and this was the 2nd time I posted a article on yoga and she was getting real angry with me-like calling me negative and other names. She will not look into this to see the truth,I was just thinking how you guys need a share button on an article like the one you posted,then I wound up figuring it out and posted it :) my nerves are shot right now from arguing my point with her. How do you get this thru to someone that is an instructor who hasn't had a bad experience yet? She's getting paid so satan leaves her alone-then she goes to hell for not listening to me-so sad!!! Do you have any recommendations for me?

Hi there,

many thanks for your kind comments.

it is indeed a hard thing to watch a friend blindly ignore the meaning behind this satanic practise ... 

I cannot give you a "cure all" answer (as much as I desire to) - especially for those that choose evil over the truth. Truthfully - only prayer will help - and please do not think that I say this lightly, or as a way of shrugging of your sincere question. I know of no other way that will help your friend.

Don't give up, but don't push too hard either - 

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

One day she will know the truth

Sincere Greetings


Major gurus of yoga have been found to be sexual perverts. Yoga leads to perversion. Google for shishy Mangrove Yoga Ashram and get more enlighnment.

Speaking about Indian culture, 10 million girl foetuses have been aborted in past 20 years. Reason is defects in Indian Culture. Additionally, its own followers have had to shed several traits/customs because these were a misfit with modern society, traits such as Sati (burn a widow), caste system, untouchability, etc. Now, if some of the features of hunduism are evil, what then is the credibility of other parts of hunduism.

Many thanks for your interest, and your supportive comments ...

Pax et Lux


The points you have made in your article are your views and your views only. I practice yoga two or three times a week and it makes me feel better, ridding me of headaches and neck pain. If something takes the stress of life and removes aches and pains how can that be bad? I still believe in God and pray to him and it's normally when I'm at my most relaxed - after yoga.


Many thanks for reading this blog...

Just want to point out that many christians believe that yoga is a hindu practise...and therefore not of God. The yogis in the east warn people to be careful also - due to the nature of kundalini, so this view is not really mine and mine alone.

I myself choose to avoid that which may be an offence to the Lord

Pax et Lux


Thank you for this valuable information. I have forwarded it to a catholic radio host who talked about the dangers of yoga today and emailed many people, among them a Hindu colleague. Thanks for spreading the word. God bless. His radio station is KHJ - Immaculate Heart Radio 930 AM Los Angeles, CA.

Many thanks indeed for your kind words and valuable help in passing this on...

I am in Scotland, but will see if I can find this radio station online...

Pax et Lux

In Christ,


Wow, is all I have to say. Wow, This kind of ridiculous idea is what is wrong with America. I mean you, not yoga. I wish you knew how silly you sound. I am deeply concerned about these attitudes because it causes people to have an us against them view of the world and its differences and contributes to that view becoming harmful to the world.

It's ridiculous because it hasn't happened to you.YET. But when many people who don't know each other coincide with the exact same experience, then there has to be truth to it. The cover up is that it is a physical exercise, but Hinduism never explained the spiritual consequences that come along with the practice of yoga. It is the same story from the garden of Eden. Eat the apple, nothing is going to happen, and because of that simple act, humanity paid the price.

Many thanks for at least taking the time to read this posting ... but if this, as well as the other comments, plus the monumental amount of other warnings concerning yoga to be found elsewhere do not at least give you an idea that SOMETHING is wrong with yoga, then there is little hope for you. Like a person who ignore the "Bridge is out" warning...

Matthew Henry said "None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see.". 

More importantly, Jesus Christ our Lord said in Acts 28:27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

One thing I can promise you is this: That someone who seeks God through the Bible and prayer, will find God - Jesus Christ delights to reveal Himself and His Word to those who seek Him.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

Pax et Lux


Thanks for the article. It is very eye opening. Two scriptures come to mind after reading this. 1 Timothy 4:1-3, "Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth."
The other is 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3, "Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ[a] had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sinis revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God."

Many thanks indeed for taking the time to read and understand this artcle, as well as you supporting comments.

Too many people nowadays think it is OK to simply do what they want, as long as they "focus on Christ" ... how sad and how very far from the truth that is.

Pax et Lux


Hello William. I am so blessed as are others for your great testimony. God has indeed given you great insight and wisdom on this subject. May you continue boldly in the faith and be a mouthpiece for the Lord against the Occult. I too warn people of the dangers surrounding the occult. So many are blinded by the false hope and promises.

I had been in the occult prior to my conversion in Christ Jesus. I was heavily involved in spiritualism. My practice of Yoga was elementary, I had started because of having two major back surgeries. I also smoked pot 2 or 3 time daily. Shamefully, I continued to smoke periodically after professing faith in our Lord, but I did not think it was wrong (I had not been convicted until quite recently). But Wrong it is, and woe to the servant of Christ that disobeys and practices lawlessness. I was smoking, getting high then "excercising" - walking 1/2 mile to loosen my joints, then coming back to the house to either dance (to worldly music - Gorillaz or Imagine Dragons or something with an awesome beat), or to practice Yoga.
The Yoga was not scripted, my body moved into positions that I was unaware I could I was being lead. When I did this or danced (wild and "great" dances psychically linking my mind to the beat I felt as if I was with the Holy Spirit. I would this entire time praise and worship God, but it was not God that I was worshiping.
Sadly this became a more more regular occurrence until I went insane and had a "stigmata" experience. Mind you, I during this same time-frame fervently seek the this of God and read his Word, listen almost constantly to sermons and attend a great Bible believing/teaching church. I called my Pastor and told him all of this. He told me that I should not seek these experiences, that he cannot prove the Stigmata to be of God and I need to return to scripture not experiential things.
The Stigmata; One night after my smoked induced Yoga dance and "worship" of God the Holy Spirit, I was lying down with my arms outstretched when my left arm turned to wood and I could hear the sound of a metal on metal clang, like a pounding of a large hammered nail. And I was scared because there was this mental invitation to "receive" the pain. But I declined and it went away. I was sad. Like my decline was a denial of Christ. Days past and I was in great confusion and heavy prayer, I went to Google and typed in - dancing with demons. After a long search and many read I landed on the Awakening of the Kundalini. As you described but I must add, This serpent rings the Chakras opening the lotus aka third eye (which in my occult worship I had been doing this)giving the person the "god feeling" or "oneness feeling" and that music with certain trace evoking beats are best used for its awakening.
Now as I read the same time God placed the word evoking instead of awakening and demon instead of Kundalini and then filled my head with scripture - And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14 Satan, the Serpent is a great mimic of God. He is referred to as the Great Counterfeit. After God reveled to me the truth of how I was deceived I cried and repented of my sin. How violated I felt that I was dancing with an worshiping Satan, how DISGUSTING.
But it was my fault, my SIN. Thank God the Lord Jesus, that he forgives me my sin, that no scheme of Satan will ever pluck my from my Father's hand, I will NEVER be cast into the fire, for my Father is God my my Lord and Savior is Jesus Christ. That All I ever had to do is trust in Him, and believe in Christ and his promises, and he took my sin and bared the wrath of God "that it pleased the Father to crush the Son", that I may be seen as white as snow, pure as wool so that I may be in the presence of a Holy God and have everlasting life worshiping Him.
I LOVE the Lord Jesus!

Hi there,

Many thanks indeed for reading my testimony and for adding your own wonderful conversion and freedom story ... powerful stuff indeed - and it does look like you make a close escape from the adversaries clutches. Can't wait to meet you in heaven...

And many thanks also for your kind words but I cannot take all the credit from what I wrote. Some of it was learned from others who have taken a similar path to that which you and I have taken. I however knew that the Lord would expect from me to write this piece.

Love in Christ,


WOW!! This is certainly a heated & passionate discussion. I have been a Christian for 25yrs and have always been very wary of practising yoga etc. Did not want to be 'contaminated' by the things of the world and didn't want to open a portal to the work of the enemy etc. I believe I have the Holy Spirit within me also guiding me into truth and protecting me from evil. He always has. Sometimes I think we can throw the baby out with the bath water though!!! I can undestand that wisdom needs to be used and the individual who wrote ths article did embrace the spiritual aspects
of yoga from a young age and then appears to haave 'found Christ'. Yes, i agree that he was fully immersed in a completely different spiritual journey. If you are centred on Chrsit and when you 'practice' yoga it is 'Christ' that you are focusing on as the Higher (and ultimate) being that you are seeking to unite with further then i can only see this as a good thing. As a Christian I have studied yoga and of course there are aspects that I will not follow or even agree with but the general practices of asanas & pranayama are good and surely it is WHO are you focusing on when you do it? Over the years I have been saddened by the amount of burnt out, exhausted Christians there are because they daren't fully embrace & understand the amazing body, mind, spirit that our God has blessed us with. The principles of Yoga were around centuries before any world religions took hold of them and adopted them into their religious/spiritual practices. He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world, isn't He?? I believe I am sealed by the Holy Spirit and lead by the Holy Spirit and during my study of Yoga I can honestly say that 'yes' there has been a check in my spirit on certain aspects but definetly NOT the principles of the practice of Yoga. I think it would be so narrow minded & potentially arrogant to suggest that Our Heavenly Father would only have given revelation of life and living to westerners (of which I am one). Let's face it westerners are largely the most stressed out people on the planet so i think we can learn alot from our brothers & sisters across the earth.

Hi there - many thanks for takng the time to read this ...

I would like to touch on a few points though, starting at the end and for me the most obvious point: Christianity is not western. It has its roots in the Middle East. The first converts were jewish, from Gallilee and Judea. Jews from "all nations under heaven" were saved at Pentecost. The Apostle Paul started his ministry in Syria, travelled Asia Minor, and regions of Greece, Cyprus and Malta etc.

As to the asanas and pranayama being good, consider the following scriptures.

1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.10 Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

I decided to be cautious and not do them anymore. Some of the asana are made for the purpose of imitating Hindu gods (such as the Cobra, greeting the sun and so on.) The hand positions (mudras) help to channel prana, a supposed force or breath of the universe, but this is not the divine breath of God which could not be manipulated by mankind.

The principles of Yoga were around centuries before any world religions took hold of them and adopted them into their religious/spiritual practices .. yes, they were, but only to be found within the very evil Babylon Mystery religions...therefore this is hardly a good advert for yoga.

If you have studied yoga (and you did not say how this study took place, whether by just watching / learning the asanas or digging into such books as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika for example) then you would have seen from such books, that the exercises are a way to both worship the hindu gods and minor gods (demons) as well as to help disassociate the mind from the body, a very dangerous practice indeed. You would also have seen that the very purpose for which yoga was vreated was to awaken kundalini - i.e induce demonic influence in your life, which the Bible calls possession.

Pax et Lux


Thank you for posting this. I too got involved in yoga. My mom, a bohemian type, used transcendental meditation during my delivery. She taught me to practice yoga from a young age, but we were paradoxically conservative christians. I thought hatha yoga was safe and purely physical. The longer I did it the more interested I became in the culture behind it and the further I was led astray.

It started with little things slipping in, the way all sin starts. I read lots of ghost stories, especially the "true" ones. I loved the zodiac and astrology and learned star charts. Then through my love of incense and bath products, I discovered herbal healing, essential oils, and diets like "raw foods". I began to bellydance, read tarot cards, and then became a witch and then a Druid (Wicca seemed contrived and cheesy). However, I began to have chronic fatigue, then chronic pain. I took up meditation to deal with the pain. I spent more and more time in meditation, listening to binaural beats and Tibetan chants, till I spent more time checked out than involved in the world.

I was warned about the occult by irish pagans. They had previously been Wiccan and their teacher (head of a national mystery school) had gone insane. I didn't listen. I was convinced I could handle it and become an elite instructor. I was already a frequently requested tarot card reader and had been offered a professional belly dance job. I was having a great time. I felt powerful, mysterious, and sexy.

Then I found reiki, energy healing, and tapping to deal with the chronic pain. I accidentally awakened kundalini on my own. It was the final straw in a four decade journey. I had a derealization experience and ended up in therapy and on meds.

The whole occult/yoga/new age thing is a rabbit hole. As each step makes you more ill you are likewise convinced that going farther into the new age is the only way to get better. Everything is a "die off" reaction. If you don't feel better, YOU must be doing it wrong. The whole thing is insane.

Yoga seemed the least occult of the lot, but rather than achieving strength and flexibility my body went into painful spasms that meds could not treat. As I continued to train, my body began to breakdown. I lost muscle tone. I lived with constant fatigue. My son was diagnosed with autism. My husband threatened to leave. My yoga friends answer to all of this? My son and I were too enlightened for this world. I must be "ascending." In fact, I was descending into the pit of hell. I was told I had many food allergies. I needed to strength test everything I ate, used, or wore. If it didn't make my hand tingle, I shouldn't use it. I should eat only organic and never use western medicine. So there I was in my small town, limping around like a cripple, holding my hand over everything, and trying desperately to get my eyes to focus on anything.

I finally called a Christian friend and cried my eyes out. She asked immediately if I'd been doing anything "occult". We prayed together. I started attending church again and I slowly got rid of all my new age items. Today I am a leader in women's ministry and children's ministry. My son has recovered considerably, my marriage is strong. I'm healthy, employed, and content. Praise God! However even now I have to restrain myself from picking up louise hay books, performing reiki on suffering people, or trying to "read" someone. Some may practice yoga and never go through what I've gone through, but it's just not worth the risk. There are other activities that provide the same health benefits without the spiritual overtones.

Hi there,

many thanks for adding your testimony.

it does seem as though you got out just in time. My kundalinik awakening was terrifying and caused me a couple of years of continuing battle, until I repented and received the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

Take care,

love in Christ,


I completely disagree. I too have been practicing yoga for quite a while now. Yoga has many many many benefits that far outweigh the negatives. It sharpens the mind, is good for focus, and increases your memory. All of this has been proven by science. Yoga is obviously a spiritual journey, as described by everyone. However, spirituality and religion are not the same. I quite admire the Hindu religion and their respect and toleration of all other religions. Unlike the Muslims or the pagans, they are peaceful and extremely intelligent. We should use their spiritual intelligence to benefit us. And whats up with the crazy whiteness in your eye? I hope its not LSD

Many Thanks supporting comments.

Yoga and Hinduism is like human body and Blood within human body you can't separate the Hindu Dharma which is known as Sanatan Dharm.


Many thanks for your comment on Hindu Dharma - 

It's interesting that the name of mankinds adversary can be found directly within your Sanatan Dharm..

Pax et Lux ...


The name Satan can be found in Sanatan? Good Lord you're really reaching...

Greetings and thanks for taking the time to read this article. 

f it was just an individual case of a particular word being contained in a text string, then just because "Sanatan" contains the word "Satan" - I don't suppose it would not mean much in itself.

But as the term is part of an idea  - and a part of this idea is indeed very evil (the kundalini arising and the sprit beings etc part) then one can assume that the term was indeed selected for a reason. Especially when that term intends to convey some deep spiritual truth. For else, why not call it simply something like "Jalebi" instead...? A term given at random makes no sense..

Using the phrase Sanatana-dharma conveys the idea (amongst others) of attaining divine knowledge of the soul - indeed that part in Genesis 3 where the adversary of minkind (Lucifer or Satan) promises exactly that to Eve, during his tempting her to rebellion.

So, I must actually agree with the person who pointed this out ...

Discussion ?

Pax et Lux


Many thanks for your comment ...

As far as Yoga being a spiritual journey, the Word of God says that Jesus Christ is the "Way, the truth and the Life" and that "no man cometh unto the father except by Him..." All other religions lead people to Hell.

Regardless whether Yoga is in any way good for you in this short life, there are other exercises that are equaly as good. Regular exercise helps maintain healthy blood pressure and weight, improves energy, lifts mood, lowers stress and anxiety, and keeps the heart healthy, all of which contribute to a healthy brain.

Exercise also stimulates brain regions that are involved in memory function to release a chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor... 

Etc, etc

The question is:

Why would I engage in a practise that is designed to invite spirits into my life? Why would I engage in a practise that is designed to invite demonic possession?

It's not just me - there is an amazing amount of information on the web / youtube etc that show what this is about.

As far as my eyes go - that's just the colour, was always so, since I was a kid.

Love in Christ Jesus, our Saviour


Don't you think that probably body is first, religion is second??? Have you seen the flexibility of a baby for example? Babies are so flexible, naturally, so God created human beings' bodies to be this way. The only way to keep our bodies naturally strong and flexible is to exercise, right? So, if Indians discovered this plus the connection between body and mind, which I'm sure you'd acknowledge, having in mind what you yourself went through, could they also make the the mistake to translate this and their natural strife to find God in the wrong way, by creating deities and giving them names, making up stories about them and then connecting them to the physical practice, coz it's all connected? It sounds logical to me. It's not the deity first and then the physical practice, but the other way around in this case, unless they practised physically while being on weed or other heavy drugs! I also believe that if you practice for clearly only the physical benefits, from purely anatomical standpoint, like a gymnast, for example, and do it for a few hours a week with no spiritual attachments whatsoever, you are on the safe side experiencing all the benefits! I'm a dancer and I can tell you that in all dance practices and gymnastics there are yoga postures, why? Coz these are all natural ways to open your body and burn toxins, no strings attached!What is Pilates? I also practice this. Same thing - yoga without the spirituality and with some appliances and equipment, coz the guy was physically challenged since he was very young. I practice yoga and I'm a Christian. My physical practice enhances my spiritual life, helping me to develop my patience towards myself and others, to learn to accept and love myself and others, to be grateful in every situation, even when things or my body don't go the way I want them, teach me to detach from final results and enjoy the journey. Is this bad in any way and isn't this part of being a Christian? also, what would you say about the claiming that Jesus went to India to learn yoga? Your answers will be much appreciated! Rali

Hi Rali,

many thanks for taking the time to read and answer ...

Yoga comes from Hinduism - correct?

And as a Christian, why would I engage in any "un-Christian" practise?

There is enough info available to the diligent searcher, my few pages do not do this theme justice in any way.

As to the claim that Jesus Christ went to India to learn yoga, apart from some New Age assertions, there is no evidence whatsoever to show that he was in India, indeed there may be enough indirect evidence in the Bible itself to refute this. Hindu teaching itself is basically pantheistic, whilst Jesus' teaching about God was monotheistic, Christ only ever quoting from the Old Testament, never quoting from the Vedas or the Gita.

The gospels show clearly that he was known to the people who lived in Nazareth, as well as showing that he went to the Temple yearly ... 

Anyway, The Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, was sent to teach us patience, to allow Christ to grow in us. CHrist in us, the hope of Glory - NOT some demonic practise.

Pax et Lux,



I came to "Google" today, when I learned that my 7 year old was being taught Yoga at school and I instantly felt uncomfortable. I steer clear of anything "new age"....but Yoga has become so very mainstream that I know I may very well fight a losing battle onb this one. When my innocent girl told me that the instructor rang a bell behind her head while her eyes were closed, I felt physically sick. I don't know what to do wit5h this. My daughter attends a private school and every parent I know is thrilled that they are getting Yoga. I am sick over it.

Many thanks for your comment -

This is terrible - children being taught yoga. And the ringing of the bell, I think (perhaps someone will correct me here) that this is a part of Tantra yoga - very esoteric indeed.

I am unsure of the law in you country, indeed unsure of your country, but if it were my child, I would arm myself with some information about yoga, tantric especially, and demand answers and reasons as to why they are insisting that my child lears an ancient Hindu practise.

The yogis of the east know very well the dangers in yoga ... they know the spiritiual dimension and intent behind yoga.

Many thanks for using this site, and if you have any other questions as to yoga or other topics in general concerning the eternal world reality, do not hesitate to write.

Love in Christ,


Thank you William. I am in the US. I am unsure of the laws in my state (NY) but also know that a tuition-based private school is immune to most every 'law' that public schools or those who accept state funding have to follow. I literally had myself in tears tonight as my daughter shares more with me. She told me of scents waved around her while her eyes were closed. She told me how she was told to 'clear her mind'. I am not ready to tackle the school...I need to think and not to act on emotion, so I need some time. We spoke to our daughter about what we believe, and that she is not to chant (she was told to say "OM") and indeed is not to do anything she doesn't want to do. We told her she is a child of God, and that Jesus lives in her heart. We told her we aren't in agreement with what is going on, but that it is very delicate and we need some time to figure out what the right things to do and say are.
The tough part is that I KNOW we'll be seen as crazy, since nobody else has said a word about it, and those who have are happy that the kids are getting yoga for free. We, on the other hand, are horrified. Our daughter is in the infancy of her faith, she is only 7, and we feel she is vulnerable to the mysticism and influence of whatever is being invited near her. So we prayed, and we will continue to pray for her protection and for our wisdom that God might put words in our mouths to speak to the school. The more my child shares, the more violated I feel. Thank you for listening. Pray for us, ok? Thanks.

Oh dear Grace. That is really a difficult situation you are in. It's a terrible world -  I fully understand that this needs to be dealt with wisely - not rushing into it.

May I ask - does your daughter enjoy it?

Of course I will pray for your situation - absolutely. That the Lord gives you the wisdom and that He looks after your child.

Let me know how it goes...

Love in Christ,


I agree with your article. I also want to add this please, maybe it can help someone in need:

-for movement we can also practice sport and instead of meditation there is prayer

- the passive attitude teached in yoga leads to a sleepy conscience and can cause great harm to someone's personality. Step by step, the person is deprived of their values, ambitions and basically any expectation for the future. This means a very emotionally fragile person, which is easy to manipulate

-please do not resort to such a practice if you consider yourself Christian because I have seen people being impressed by these ''hallucinations'' and ending up thanking yoga instead of God. Please read the scientific facts, do not let yourself be fooled by false claims.

Thank you for discussing the meaning of yoga. There is only one choice to make here for me and that is to choose Jesus Christ. I was not aware of yoga and its meaning until a sister in Christ told me with great sorrow that her son was seduced by yoga's teachings had fallen into this trap. It has now taken hold on four of my housemates. They believe that yoga is just a physical exercise. How can I prove to them that it is a fishing line cast from a different boat. There is no honoring Jesus Christ. They consider themselves as "Christians". A true Christian will stay away from what is offensive to God, our heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you for your comment.

Thank you for sharing the true meanung of yoga. My housemates think that yoga is just a physical exercise; however, it is a miserable experience for me, because of the deception I am sensing with this yoga visit. They do not even have a clue to what they are exposing themselves. I attended one time as part of a birthday celebration of one of my housemates. I was asked if I was thinking of returning to it and I said no. I decided to research this practice the household is into except for two others and me. I choose Jesus Christ, all the way, for who he is. He does not reqiure me to pose. I am very appreciative of his humility and honesty. God our heavenly Father is good. I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

Like the ouija board, yoga is a bear trap or land mine! Just because it is popular or people write it off as nothing, doesn't mean that the facts don't point you in the opposite direction! Looks like a goat in the yoga pose with a pentagram(5 point star). Plus, yoga poses are bowing to the floor to something! Yoga from pictures seems that it is full of symbols; Christianity is not! What does that tell me about it?! Stay away and don't touch it with a 30 foot pole!

It must be God that brought me to this article. I had just stumbled across another article related to balancing ones chakras. Unsure what that meant I read on and followed up with more research on that same website. I was then led to the thought of practicing yoga as a way of releasing whatever pent up energy was blocking my flow into happiness. No sooner than I began searching for easy yoga poses, a Facebook friend posted a comment related to God's displeasure with yoga practices. I was confused and asked for clarity (which didn't come on Facebook) and wouldn't you know, here God is answering my question. Thank you Father for always having my back and answering me right on time. I guess now I will wait on the answer regarding pilates as I feel there is something I need to be doing to strengthen and stabilize my core and tone. Thank you William for sharing your testimony.

Many thanks for the kind comments ... it is always good to hear someone support this message

I am so pleased to have been able to read this article and the comments. Like others, I thought yoga was a physical exercise thing only and never gave it any real thought. I've never actually done any yoga. I've done a little bit of religious "tourism" or enquiry over the years - literally, when I was in Japan a couple of years ago I delved into finding out what Hinduism, Buddhist practices and the Shinto religions were about (I am a Catholic myself) and I understand some of the basic differences between some of the Christian religions.

I'd like to pose a question for an opinion: I was led to a book called "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne, which I found very heavy going despite it being quite brief. Putting that aside, I then read Byrne's book titled "The Magic" which is based on Matthew 13:11, "For the person who has something will be given more, so that he will have more than enough; but the person who has nothing will have taken away from him even the little he has" (and apparently comparable quotes from the Koran and other texts). She propounds that the words "something" and "nothing" should be read as "GRATITUDE" and the book outlines a number of practices in which gratitude is the factor that attracts more of the things we are grateful for into our lives. Clearly, this is a seductive concept. I quite like it and see it as harmless providing my gratitude is directed to God and only to God - a thought which has consciously gone through my mind when I am reading it - I actually follow the practices in the book, being grateful for the various aspects of my life on a daily basis and aligning the specific practice for a particular day with the date of the month. However, and herein lies my doubt/problem which is amplified by having read the above article and seeing just how easily we can be seduced, there is much said about "the Universe" in the book. There is a "qualifier" that says "the Universe" is what you perceive it to be - it accommodates the reader's belief system. I consciously think "God" when I read "Universe" because, even though I'm sometimes a bit wishy-washy about espousing my belief systems to the world, God is my belief system.

Am I treading on dangerous ground?

Hi there,

Please excuse the late answer - but I wanted to have a (brief) look at the book you mention, or at least the principles behind what is written therein.

Purely the fact that this women proclaims that "something" and "nothing" should be read as "GRATITUDE" is an interpretation ...

Because the Hindu gods are not real I just start my (physical) yoga exercises mixed with pilates and dedicate my entire workout to Jesus with the sign of the cross. I know the postures were designed for hindu gods but whenever there is bowing or the cobra position I look up at my crucifix and internally say "I bow only to you Christ" and basically make every exercise a physical prayer to Him. Then I receive good physical benefit in my body and a calm mind afterwards which I use for prayer and Christian meditation. Surely you can't have a problem with that? Christian's just need to remember we have the victory in Christ and everything else is subjugated to Christ.

Definitely it will not benefiting you if you practice Yoga with Jesus sign of cross, because Cross is the sign of cruelty and torture.

Yoga is purely Hindu way of spiritual Dharmic tradition. Meditation is a second name of Yoga for great spiritual experience as soon as you involve you don't need any mediator.

How blinded you are! The Cross is a PAGAN Symbol/idol...It means 'Tammuz'..and what does the Bible say about your Crucifix???

This is what God’s Word says….Acts 17:29 “Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.”

along with Depicting Christ as a graven image (hanging on a Cross etc) also violates one of the 10 commandments.Exodus 20:4 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”

I understand what you're saying here and I would point you to 1 Corinthians 8-9. You understand that nothing we put into or DO to our bodies makes us unclean; that is a matter of the heart. We CAN eat food sacrificed to idols because nothing is denied us. You're right, the victory of Christ is absolute and this was a point of confusion even in the very early church. However... look at 1 Corinthians chapter 8 verse 9 through 13. You get it, but you may be causing someone of weaker conscience, someone who doesn't 'get it', to stumble and sin. If that is the case, and it seems so here, then we can paraphrase Paul in verse 13: "Therefore, if what I physically practice (original: eat) causes a brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never physically practice that action (original: eat meat) again, so that I will not cause them to fall."

You have a freedom, it it true, but this fellow Christian doesn't see it that way. In that respect, you don't have the luxury to say "Tough, I'm right, you're wrong, I'll do what I know is ok", you have the obligation to stop doing what you're doing if it wounds another's conscience. Or at least, don't let them see you do it or even advocate for doing it. It's hurting a faith. Since this person had a very bad personal experience with yoga and is right in its background and uses, this is a kindness and love you show. I do agree with you- all things belong to us through our shared inheritence with Christ, under whom all powers and authorities were placed. BUT, you knowing this doesn't mean you're in the right when it harms anothers' faith. I hope this all made sense. If not, feel free to rebuttal or contact me.

As to the author, please be careful when stating only ONE certain /physical/ action can happen for salvation, i.e., you MUST have FULL SUBMERSION Baptism or you 'didn't do it right'. We cannot, by our own thinking, choosing, or actions come to faith or save ourselves. No where in the Bible does it state you must be full submersed, only baptised; that is, reborn spiritually through water. And yes, we are commanded to be baptised and to baptise others. While we assume Jesus was fully immersed, it doesn't actually state that in any of the four gospels and nowhere appears as part of the commands (the Bible only offers 'He went up out of the water and was led into the desert by the Holy Spirit'. Apparently, he was at least standing partly in the water, but not necessairly fully immersed, though He could have been). If I am wrong, please correct me. (I just checked all the gospels; I believe my statement to be correct.) So full immersion is acceptable and so is having water trickled on your head, otherwise you give too much power to our own actions and in a way say we actually play a part in our own salvation... which we don't.

Thank you for this article, I needed a refresher on why yoga should probably be avoided, even when it doesn't damage our consciences because we understand Christ owns it all. We can forget the finer points over time. I praise the Lord you escaped this!

Many thanks for your comments, and for taking the time to read this...

The subject of baptism is so very deeply ingrained in the New Testament ... it is very much a PART if our salvation. Consider the following scriptures...

Collosians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Acts 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Ac 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

We really could continue - but surely it's so clear from the scriptures that we need to be baptized?

Or consider Christ's warning in Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

It's a PART of our salvation - not the only thing. Cannot be denied that it is a command from the Lord, as much as is the command to walk in the newness of life.

"Baptize" and it's derivitives are used 62 times in the Word, mostly in connection with salvation. Please consider that carefully.

Love in Christ,


Deception by Satan takes many forms and your denial of that does not mean that you are correct. Sorry, but you need to bury yourself in Christ and not yoga or pilates. They are sinful practices and you are inviting a dark spiritual entity into your life by taking part in those practices, no matter your dedication of such poses. You cannot fight satan by making statements contrary to Biblical truth.

Hi I am a Christian and have been doing hard exercise and physical work
All my life, my physio said I should do something like yoga or Pilates
Last night I went and did yoga and when I got there new it was not the right place to be
For a Christian, I thought t was only stretching,
Can you drop me an email when you look into Pilates please

Hi! Thank you for the post. I'd like to ask you something. I have never tried yoga, but i really like pilates. I know that it doesn't focus on spirit, but there are some moves from yoga. Can it be harmful??

Hi there,

Many thanks for your interest in the website.

I have not really looked into Pilates as of yet ... The chap who invented it had at one time practised Yoga also, but it is not clear why he moved away from yoga.

I do intend looking inot pilates at some point, but have some other pressing work to be doing at the moment.

Still, the fact that you asked me - and that others have also asked, does make me aware that I need to do some research.

It's more important to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and walking in Christ...

I'll update this page when I get the chance, and have learned something.

Many thanks indeed


Yoga is indeed a spiritual worship of demons even though the western countries do not believe it. The problem is that people believe that they are only doing exercise and that is how they get over on westerners in our society. Most people prefer not to believe that there are evil spiritual beings and since the people in this country (USA) are so into exercise, they buy into all the poses, not realizing the poses are to specifically worship the many Hindu dieties. Each pose is a form of worship to a deity and just because westerners don't believe it does not make it so. I just spent an hour trying to educate an 80-year-old former catholic of that fact and she said that she does not believe it though I quoted scripture to her. I believe that The Holy Spirit has to witness to these folks to enlighten them and that we are living in perilous times indeed.

Thank you for posting this! I agree completely and have always felt uneasy when I heard any of my Christian friends mention yoga. I have never been involved and never wish to be. I recently heard someone comparing yoga and hinduism with some of the practices of the international house of prayer and other churches associated with them. There is a series of 3 videos on youtube titled kundalini warning by Andrew Strom which explain his theory about the connection. If you have time to watch these, I'd love to know your thoughts considering you have experience with yoga and kundalini awakening. Thanks for your time!

Thank you very much indeed for taking the time to read this testimony and for your supportive comment.

I will in the next weeks take the time to watch the videos you mention and may even post a comment on here concerning them.

God bless



thank you William for putting this into words and sharing. I can relate well to this message. I had been practicing yoga for 20 years and taught it for 14 years and know your words are truth. I too had experienced the kundalini in meditation and I stopped the technique, it made me feel strange. I had made a vow to do this for 3 hours a day and felt terrible about it. I felt better when I was parted from the group and I had someone help me to remove this vow. Praise God who was here leading me eventually to him just 2 yrs ago! My life has changed so much and I am full of Joy in the Lord my Savior Jesus Christ! Blessings to you!

Many thanks indeed - for both your kind words and your support.

It's a hot topic this, but the truth is the truth, immutable and unchangeable. There are so many persons who have experienced very evil things when practicing yoga - to deny this is simply being willfully blind.

Pax et Lux,


I don't get this. This is saying that Hinduism and Christianity are both real. I'm Christian. I don't believe in Hindism so yoga cannot effect my mind if I don't believe in Hinduism. And if it does that's saying Hinduism is real and Christianity is false.

Indeed both are real - but that does not make them both correct - only Jesus Christ saves us and sets us free...Only Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life.

As a Christian, you believe in Jesus Christ for your salvation, you must also believe in the reality of Satan, the enemy of God and mankind (for he is real, he is described in the Bible, Gods Word). Hinduism is a religion that includes yoga. Yoga is a demonic method of interacting with evil spirits.

I was not a Christian when I was practising yoga. It was only through becoming a Christian (being born again) that I was set free from the demonic spiritual forces that were destroying my life.

So, both are indeed real, but only one takes you to heaven - faith in Jesus Christ and repentance towards God.

The other (Hinduism) will take you to hell.

Hope that’s clear – please say if not.


Even Christianity coulden't guarenteed about your christ journey to heaven how come you are so sure ?!!!!

The witness of the Holy Spirit within me, the promises of Jesus, and the fact that my salvation is bought for by His precious blood, and are not earned by by works or my actions gives me eternal salvation.

I could not be saved through my own doings - but as it says in Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Greetings ... 


I agree 100% with this article and I am so glad to have found it. I practiced Ashtanga yoga for a whole decade. When I became a Christian several years ago, I received a very strong Holy Spirit conviction about stoppoing yoga practice immediately. I struggled for about three months before finding and watching the Gods of the New Age documentary. Yoga is a Hindu form of worship and although it does have many health benefits the spiritual bondage is very strong. I suffered from terrible anxiety and regular suicidal thoughts as well as a strange tightness in my chest which could only be alleviated by yoga practice. All of that went away almost immediately when I became a disciple of Jesus Christ and I found true peace given by His grace, rather than sourced from my own efforts.

Very wonderful - to have this experiance.

Many thanks indeed for supporting my testimony.

Pax et Lux,


Hi Thank you for this information, first of all I am totally confuse about what I am going to do. I am a Christian and I have a passion in Christ. I also doing yoga for over a year now and this time I am taking a teacher's training. I also told myself that I only focus unto God, even the origin of yoga are Hinduism. There are part of myself who are so denial because I do love yoga and the physical result of it. My friend always told me that yoga is evil, but I always told him that it could be evil if you focus on worshiping gods. I never know by doing the Suryanamaskara and all the poses are already worshiping to the Hindu gods.

Hiya, I am a wholehearted Christian too and I practice Yoga. I truly believe that you are only worshipping Hindu Gods when you are doing yoga when that is who you have your heart on. If you are focussing on drawing closer to Jesus then that is who you will draw closer to. The Bible tells us that if we ask God for the Holy Spirit will he then give us a snake, or for bread a stone? Do we have so little Faith in the God of Heaven and Earth, through Jesus Christ, that we think He is confused when we practice Yoga?? This God who created the Heavens & Earth and caused blind eyes to see. This God who raised dead men to life and who fed the 5000 with a few fish & bread?? This God who KNOWS you love Him dearly and knows you are centred on Him when you practice Yoga. Knows and understands you and loves you. This God, I believe, knows your heart and knows your intention and will keep you on the right path. By His spirit He will lovingly guide you if you're moving into areas that might remove Him from being your focus. Trust in Him! I do!

Well, just becasue you "truly believe that you are only worshipping Hindu Gods when you are doing yoga when that is who you have your heart on" does not make it reality ... it is still a heathen practise, and will always be so, regardless of what you may happen to think about it.

You use the same argument that many people use to justify alcohol abuse, sex before marriage, etc.

1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.10 Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.



And a judge in san diego just ruled that it is permissable for schools in that area to teach yoga to our children, that yoga is not religious. Yet, ask any practicing Hindu and they will confirm that it is!


"And the earth was without form, and VOID (EMPTY), and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the waters."
Genesis 1:2

"SIT THOU SILENT, and get thee into DARKNESS, O daughter of the Babylonians: for thou shalt no more be called mistress of the kingdoms."
Isaiah 47:5

Perhaps this is how many Americans will perish. Moses found the Israelites worshipping a golden calf...many Hindus worship the COW.

This must be read by all believers. It is unbelievable how many Believers participate in Yoga thinking it is harmless!!

Many thanks Lisette, for such a kind comment. It is indeed ia very dangerous practice.

Pax et Lux,


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