Did you know that yoga poses are offerings to the 330 million Hindu gods?
Can you see a twisting of Romans 12:1 here (“present your bodies a living sacrifice”)?
George P. Alexander, Ph.D., who taught World Religions at Biola University, is a friend of our family.
Born in Sri Lanka, George grew up in India, the birthplace of Hinduism and yoga. He told us that yoga poses are actually offerings to the 330 million Hindu gods.
“Many Westerners who practice yoga today are unaware that the physical positions assumed in yoga symbolize a spiritual act: worshiping one of the many Hindu gods,” Dr. Alexander said.
“To a Hindu, yoga is the outward physical expression of a deep spiritual belief. You cannot separate one from the other.”
Since yoga is tied so strongly to Hinduism, can there be such a thing as “Christian yoga,” or would that be an oxymoron (a contradiction in terms)?
Many practicing Hindus as well as Christians agree that since yoga IS Hinduism, the two cannot be combined.
One of our PraiseMoves Instructors spent three months on a missionary trip to India several years ago. She said her group often saw people performing yoga poses in front of statues of the gods in the streets! Some brought offerings of flowers, some fruit, some themselves…
Acts 15:29 tells us to “abstain from things offered to idols.”