The Spiritual Deception of Yoga

William

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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.

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?"

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 - 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, 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.

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.

Comments

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 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

William

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,

 

William

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.

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,

William

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
Thanks

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

William

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

William

 

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,

William

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.

 

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,

William

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.

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!

"Emptiness...."

"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,

William

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