Laurette – I am so grateful for this article. I have sent it to countless brothers and sisters in Christ over the past few years as I have found it to be the BEST article ever written on this topic. I appreciate your honesty and boldness.
I want to briefly share my story in order to exalt and magnify Christ if you’ll allow.
My testimony is this: I became deeply involved in yoga in 2006. I found it to be relaxing, good exercise and fun. I particularly enjoyed lusting after scantily clad women in my yoga class, of which there are plenty. It soon became my “main” exercise as I bought videos, even getting my children involved at home.
In July 2006, the Lord graciously reached out and saved me from my sin and placed me in Christ. The church I attended TAUGHT YOGA at the time, so I had little reason to question this involvement. My yoga continued as before. But like a newborn babe, I craved the milk of the Word of God, and I studied it daily.
Eventually, I started to feel uncomfortable during yoga. I could no longer enjoy the sessions, and especially not the reading of cards after with the class. I didn’t know why, but I had begun to hate doing yoga! Eventually, I simply quit. I had no real reason to explain, other than maybe I just didn’t like the new yogi.
Little did I understand at the time that the Holy Spirit, by His grace and infinite love toward me, had changed me in such a way. It wasn’t until months later that I heard a preacher mention yoga and its danger. Desperate to educate my “church family” at the time, I sought resources on yoga and found your site. You had written what the Spirit had borne witness to in my heart. Praise God for His mighty power, and for using you to encourage this brother.
Sadly, my former church would not repent, but I now go to a bible-following church and am growing in Christ all the time. A brother at church is into yoga now, so I was at your site again, forwarding this link him, in the hopes that the Holy Spirit will work in his life.
Thanks again. –Michael