Yoga based on The Christian Viewpoints – Two benefits of yoga are: increased health and unification between the body and spirit. This is achieved through many aspects, but mainly through the combination Of Asanas or postures and breathing/meditation techniques.
This raises many questions within the Christian community. I was very shocked by the Christian apologists’ view on yoga and its practices during research for this article. Because of this viewpoint, I hesitated to write this article. However, I believe that this question and Christian Community’s stance warrant reflection.
Yoga dates back to at least five thousand years ago, when it was discovered by man. Yoga is not well-known. It is believed that Yoga originated in Mehrgarh (a Neolithic settlement in Afghanistan). Scholars believe it was born out of Stone Age Shamanism. Yoga was an important resource in the early days of civilization. It attempted to establish cosmic order through inner visions and then applied it to daily life. Later, yoga developed into an inner dialogue that Yogis used to find their own salvation.
Stone seals found in the Indus valley, archaeological evidence for the existence and history of Yoga were the first to show the existence. It showed figures in many Yogic Aanas or poses and officially placed Yoga at 3000 B.C. Even more important, it linked yoga with the Indus–Sarasvati Civilization. It was a time period that was considered modern, efficient, and modern.
The Indus–Sarasvati civilization was the source of the Vedas, one of the most ancient scriptures in the world. The Vedas is a collection hymns that praise a higher power. It also contains the oldest documented history of Yoga teachings. The Vedas required that the practitioner overcome human limitations to reach a higher spiritual plane.
The Brahmanas texts were later written to explain rituals and hymns in the Vedas. The Aranyakas texts were written to describe the Yogis who live in the solitude of the forest. This led to Ayurveda being established as India’s medical tradition. Yoga has become a way of living, a practice of harmony and health.
How is Yoga based on The Christian Viewpoints?
According to Christianity, the Christian perspective is that if one opens his mind to clearer thought and inner vision, it will open the spirit to demon possession. Yoga practice can be considered occultism. This is why it is dangerous to open one’s mind and heart to yoga and is against all that Christianity preached. Christians believe that practicing yoga is like practicing Hinduism. One cannot separate the Hinduism philosophy from their Christian beliefs.
As a Buddhist practicing monk, I have issues with this view. This is a sign of narrow thinking and tunnel vision. It is expected that a Christian will open their heart and mind to Jesus and give in to His spirit. They must rely solely on blind faith and believe that the word of God is the only true truth. For a rational person, this would be absurd. Yoga is something Christians recommend against because it can lead to demon possession.
However, the Gospel teaches that anyone who wants to receive Jesus into their lives must open their hearts and minds to Him. To open one’s mind and heart is precisely that, whether it’s to examine oneself or to accept Jesus into one’s life. As Christians teach, we can be open to demonic possession if our eyes look within and we open our minds to all possibilities. How then can we open our hearts to Christianity? Is there someone who decides which path to take? I don’t think so.
To be clear, I was raised in an evangelical Christian household. My father was the pastor of the small Baptist church in the farm community where I grew up. My father exiled my mother, who taught children to question everything. She resented my father, I believe, until her final days. My mother believed life is a choice. We are not expected to follow blind faith. Instead, we should do what feels right for us. This is why I am following the Noble 8 Folded Path. It is a matter if choice, and of questioning everything in the universe.
Yoga practice is a great thing. It offers great health benefits and clearer vision. Yoga also helps to bring harmony into our souls. In this age and time, what other benefits are there? No matter if we are Christians, Muslims or Buddhists we should not disregard the feelings and thoughts others. We also must not try to force our opinions on other people.