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October 22, 2014

“The Lord of Yoga”?

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More Evidence that Yoga and Christianity Do Not Mix.

by Dr. Laurette Willis, Founder of PraiseMoves Fitness Ministry

Why is Yoga more than “just exercise”?

 

Meet Shiva, “The Lord of Yoga”

 

This Hindu idol (god/demon) is only 1 of the 330 million Hindu gods. Yoga poses are offerings to these gods.

 

The “Lord of Yoga” is “Shiva, The Destroyer” also known as “The god of Death.”

 

This is one reason I have been quoted as saying, “Yoga is a Discipline of Death.” When one believes in reincarnation, as Hindus do, the sooner one dies, the sooner one goes into the next life.

 

Who is Shiva?

 

While Hinduism recognizes millions of gods (and yoga poses are “offerings to the 330 million Hindu gods“), the trinity of chief Hindu gods includes Brahma (creator), Vishnu (preserver) and Shiva (destroyer).

 

According to Webster's Dictionary, Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction and rebirth. Shiva is Lord of Yoga (Yogeshwara) – according to Bhagavad-Gita, and the first Hatha Yoga teacher – according to Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

 

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika (HYP) is a classic text for Hatha yoga (the type of yoga taught in fitness centers and many churches).

 

According to this text, “The (real) Yogi becomes the creator and destroyer of the universe, like God.” Ch. 4.76, HYP

 

Yoga is motivated by a spirit that inspires self-deification — with a promise of reincarnation. That sounds familiar!!!

 

“And the serpent said unto the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4-5).

 

“But They Do Yoga in My Church.”

Yoga means “yoke” in Sanskrit.

 

It’s a different yoke from the one Jesus talks about when He said: “My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:30).

 

Why would churches of the Lord Jesus Christ have a practice yoked to Shiva the Destroyer, the Lord of Yoga?

 

Would you agree that the root of something can affect its fruit?

 

Jesus said, speaking of satan, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

 

In Ephesians 6:12, the Holy Spirit wrote through Paul:

 

“We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

 

Whether yoga or so-called “Christian yoga,” do you see a problem with a practice dedicated to “Lord Shiva” in the Church of THE Lord Jesus Christ?

 

What's the Difference between PraiseMoves and “Christian Yoga?” HERE. 

 

* Why Do Some PraiseMoves Postures *Look Like* Yoga? See HERE.

 

* What is the Real Foundation of PraiseMoves (if it's not yoga)? See HERE.

 

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October 10, 2014

Christian Yoga is an Oxymoron

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If You Wonder “Do Yoga and Christianity Mix?”

by Dr. Laurette Willis, Founder of PraiseMoves Fitness Ministry

Nine-out-of-Ten Hindus Agree: “Yoga is Hinduism”

 

Consider this…

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Professor Subhas Tiwari, Hindu University of America

 

“Yoga is Hinduism,” said Professor Tiwari of the Hindu University of America in a TIME Magazine article “Stretching for Jesus” from Sept. 5, 2005.

 

From the same article in TIME:

 

“‘Christian yoga is an oxymoron,’ agrees Laurette Willis of Tahlequah, Okla. She says yoga led her to dabble in a rootless New Age lifestyle until she became a Christian. Willis now speaks to Christian groups against yoga, offering instead a series of poses [postures] called PraiseMoves.

 

Again and again, we hear or read, “Yoga is just exercise,” or “Yoga is a science. It is not religion.”

 

But what do Hindus and true yogis say?

 

“Efforts to separate yoga from its spiritual center reveal ignorance of the goal of yoga,” said Subhas Tiwari, Professor of Yoga Philosophy and Meditation at the Hindu University of America in Orlando, FL (HinduismToday.com – 9/1-3/09).

 

Former Kundalini Yogi who came to Christ

 

Former Kundalini Yoga teacher, Mike Shreve said, “Though I was unaware of it at the time when I studied yoga, I came under the influence of a counterfeit spiritual power that was not the true power of God.”

 

Mike taught yoga at four universities in Florida before he had a dramatic encounter with the Lord as a result of many people praying for him. He surrendered his life to Jesus and has gone on to lead many to Christ and away from yoga and other New Age practices.

 

He goes on to say, “There are many sweet, gracious, kind and compassionate people studying yoga who would never purposefully seek to come under the influence of dark, deceptive, demonic powers.”

 

Instead of Christian Fitness Ministry Training (becoming a Certified PraiseMoves Instructor with our Christian ALTERNATIVE to Yoga Teacher Certification), Mike says about Yoga and so-called “Christian Yoga” Teacher Certification:

 

“It should be mentioned that in order to be a Certified Yoga Teacher by the standards of that industry, a teacher must spend a certain number of hours studying Vedic philosophy and the teachings of certain yoga masters from the East. Do you want that influencing you?” – Stretching the Truth about Yoga, Charisma Magazine, January 2014.

 

Hundreds of dedicated women and men have chosen to train to bring Christian Fitness to their churches and communities by training to become Certified PraiseMoves Instructor instead. How powerful to lead people deeper into their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word while helping them become “Fit Witnesses” for Christ in spirit, soul and body!

 

Mike Shreve is the author of numerous books, such as “In Search of the True Light,” and Truth Seekers,” the book which features my story and that of 10 other former New Agers who came to Christ.

 

A pastor, speaker and frequent guest on television (such as The 700 Club and “It's Supernatural” with Sid Roth), former Kundalini yoga instructor Mike Shreve is my guest in Episode #18 of Believe You Receive TV HERE.

 

Yoga and Christian Yoga — “A Cult of the Body”?

 

Catholics wonder, “Is Yoga Okay for Catholics?”

 

Pope Benedict XVI: In 1989 the Vatican issued a document saying the practice of Eastern traditions like yoga ‘can degenerate into a cult of the body,’ warning Catholics against mistaking yoga’s ‘pleasing sensations’ for ‘spiritual well-being.’ It was signed by Cardinal Ratzinger who later became Pope Benedict XVI.

 

In a 2003 document, “A Christian Reflection on the New Age,” the Vatican further distanced itself from New Age practices, including yoga.

 

 

“Some of the traditions which flow into New Age are ancient Egyptian occult practices, Cabbalism, early Christian Gnosticism Sufism, the lore of the Druids, Celtic Christianity, medieval alchemy, Renaissance hermeticism, Zen Buddhism, Yoga, and so on.”

 

Yoga, zen, transcendental meditation, and tantric exercises lead to an experience of self-fulfillment or enlightenment.”– A Christian Reflection of the New Age.

 

Yoga and “Christian Yoga” Leads Many to the Occult

 

As the founder of PraiseMoves, I am very open about having been involved in many occult practices when I was involved in New Age spirituality for 22 years (ages 7 to 29). My mother and I were drawn away from the church and into the New Age through the “door” of Yoga, thinking it was “just exercise.”

 

I am acutely aware of the deceptive, seductive nature of yoga and the “self-fulfillment or enlightenment” practices it can lead its practitioners.

 

Professor Subhas Tiwari of the Hindu University of America said, “The simple, immutable fact is that yoga originated from the Vedic or Hindu culture. Its techniques were not adopted by Hinduism, but originated from it

 

“The effort to separate yoga from Hinduism must be challenged because it runs counter to the fundamental principles upon which yoga itself is premised…”(HinduismToday.com – 9/1-3/09).

 

A staff member of an east coast Classical Yoga Academy wrote to me, “Yes, all of yoga is Hinduism. Everyone should be aware of this fact.” This staff member went on to say she didn’t appreciate my “running down of the great Hindu/Yogic religion.”

 

Power Mass and Gentle Genuflecting?

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“Imagine treating Baptism as an Underwater Therapy!” Swami Param is angered by the West's turning yoga into a fitness craze. Param is president of the Classical Yoga Hindu Academy in Barnegat, N.J.

 

Swami Param agrees that Yoga IS Hinduism (as is so-called “Christian Yoga”) and cannot be separated from its religious elements.

 

In an article in the Coast News (March 2013) he writes: “The ‘Soul’ purpose of the asanas (yoga poses) is to create a healthy body, calm mind and emotions in order to enter the spirit realms.

 

“It is for this Soul purpose that, of all the Hindu/Yogas, Hatha Yoga was supposed to be kept, relatively, secret. Sages realized that the immature would emphasize the body, thus, completely distorting the spiritual intent. Feeling good at the expense of others is not an ethical choice.”

 

“Imagine treating Baptism and Communion as an Underwater Therapy and Wine Tasting business!” says Swami Param.

 

“Envision a Fitness Rabbi, Diet Pope, and Gaming Imam! Picture Hot Baptism (at your local gym),” he continued. “Power Mass and Gentle Genuflecting! How about a 200 hour Certified Communion Teacher greeting students with Hallelujah and denying any Christian connection? How about marketing Baptism pants to display one’s physical accomplishments!”

 

“As ridiculous as this seems, this is exactly how callous, absurd and insulting is the NAY (New Age Yoga) crusade.” Swami Param is president of the Classical Yoga Hindu Academy in Barnegat, N.J.

 

Just say “NO!” to Yoga and so-called “Christian Yoga.”

 

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The Dangers of Yoga

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What are some of the dangers of yoga and so-called “Christian yoga”? And are there alternative yoga exercises that are not related to Hinduism or New Age?

 

Yoga’s breathing techniques (pranayama) may seem stress-relieving, yet they can be an open door to the psychic realm – inhaling and exhaling certain “energies” for the purpose of relaxation and cleansing.

 

While mind-numbing tranquility may feel good for a time, it’s a poor substitute for the “peace which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) and “the joy of the Lord (which) is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

 

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What is Pranayama?

According to one yoga website: “Pranayama forms a vital step in the path to ascendancy (i.e. liberation, freedom or salvation) through Yoga.”

 

Pranayama is derived from 2 Sanskrit words – Prana (life force) and Ayama (control). Therefore, in its broadest description, Pranayama would mean “the control of the flow of life force.”

 

In other words, pranayama involves manipulation of what we may call “life-force energy” and is part of the twisted “plan of salvation” through yoga.

 

“The Prince of the Power of the Air”

 

In Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, he refers to the enemy of our soul as “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2). “Air” in this instance does not mean the oxygen we breathe. Rather, Paul is referring to what some call the “second heaven” or “psychic arena.”

 

(NOTE: When I use the phrase “the enemy” I am not referring to a person or group of people. Rather, “the enemy” refers to satan, the devil, the enemy of your soul. We love people. We hate sin and the author of it; the one Jesus calls “the thief” in John 10:10 and “a murderer” and “the father of lies” in John 8:44.)

 

The first heaven is the atmosphere we can see (planets, sun, moon, and stars). The third heaven is where God dwells (2 Cor. 12:2). Hence, the “second heaven” is that realm in-between, an atmosphere wherein angelic and demonic forces dwell (Daniel 10:10-13).

 

Dabbling in this arena as if it were a playground is certainly not what we as believers are called to do. It can be quite dangerous manipulating “life force energy.” Those who do so are moving into the realm of psychism, magic, and witchcraft—where the “god of this world” as Paul called him has “blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Cor. 4:4).

 

I dabbled in that psychic arena when I was involved in yoga and spirituality for 22 years (ages 7 to 29). The dangers are real. Seeking a yoga alternative workout like AM-PM PraiseMoves would only make sense for the believer who wants to honor God with their body and their spirit, which are God's (1 Corinthians 6:20, the foundation scripture to PraiseMoves). 

 

[Be sure to read “The True Meaning of Yoga” by Yogacharya Vishwas Mandlik, Vice Chancellor of Yoga at Vidya Gurukul (Yoga University). He outlines the true meaning and purpose of Hatha Yoga, the form of yoga taught in most gyms, fitness centers, and even churches.]

 

What About Tai Chi and Chi-Kung?

Whenever you see the words prana (Hinduism), chi (Chinese: Chi-Kung or Qi-Gong), ki (Japanese, martial arts), or mana (Hawaiian Huna religion), they are all referring to the same thing.

 

Like yoga, Tai Chi and traditional martial arts involve similar manipulation of life force energy, thus opening the door to deceptive spiritual influences. One sees falsehood even in the symbolism of Tai Chi and yin-yang.

 

In it’s simplest sense, yin-yang illustrates the belief that “there’s a little good in evil and a little evil in good.”

 

This is false and leads to confusion (and “God is not the author of confusion but of peace” – 1 Corinthians 14:33).

 

The Truth is: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17) – and – “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 118:1). Glory to God.

PraiseMoves Scripture Sequences, where we flow from one PraiseMoves posture to another as we recite verses of Scripture, may be considered “The Christian Alternative to Tai Chi!” You can see what that looks like in the PraiseMoves FLOW workout.

 

Quirky Surprising Fact: Tai Chi became “Exercise” in 1949…

We know a couple who are Christian workers in China. They said that when a Chinese man or woman comes to Christ, they refuse to have anything to do with Tai Chi any longer. They believe it to be a spiritual practice, and say there are demonic forces involved.

 

Interestingly, prior to 1949, Tai Chi was known to be a part of religious observance, tied to Taoism. All that stopped in 1949.

 

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What happened in 1949?

The rise of Communism brought with it the rise of atheism and a movement to destroy religion. This included the destruction of entire communities of Christians, Buddhists, and Taoists, as well as scholars and cultural history.

 

“Almost overnight,” we were told, “Tai Chi went from being part of religious observance to an ‘exercise.'”

 

Sort of like yoga. “It's just exercise,” is the familiar chant.

 

Chanting and Out-of-Body Travel

 

Both chanting and the customary relaxation period at the end of a yoga session also have an agenda that may surprise the weekend yogi. Before becoming a Christian, I remember numerous instances of “traveling outside my body” during yoga relaxation periods.

 

I wonder who – or what – checked in when I checked out? Whether you believe such phenomena can happen or not, some medical professionals claim such experiences have led to psychosis.

 

(Note: While Christians cannot be “possessed” since the Holy Spirit resides in your re-created human spirit, one may be “oppressed” by demonic influences.)

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Why We are NOT Christian Yoga

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Yoga and Christianity Do Not Mix

by Dr. Laurette Willis, Founder of PraiseMoves Fitness Ministry

As a child growing up on Long Island, I was quick to entertain, singing “Hello Dolly!” I was also quick to follow my mother into the practice of yoga. We both thought it was “only exercise.”

As a child growing up on Long Island, I was quick to entertain. I was also quick to follow my mother into the practice of yoga. We both thought it was “only exercise.”

As a child growing up on Long Island, I was quick to entertain, singing and dancing to “Hello Dolly!” I was also quick to follow my mother into the practice of yoga. We both thought it was “only exercise.”

 

Yoga is not “just exercise.” And now there’s even so-called “Christian yoga” which is VERY different from PraiseMoves, the Christian ALTERNATIVE to yoga.

 

Yoga seems to be everywhere. In ads for everything from IT to ice cream, meditative supermodels sit cross-legged in the Hindu Lotus position, contemplating “nirvana.”

 

There are yoga videos for pregnant mothers, senior citizens, toddlers, and babies – even yoga with your dog, goat, or snake! And don't forget the allure of Yoga in the GRAVEYARD?!!! Yes, believe-it-or-not, there is a practice called “Yoga Mortis” – yes, like rigor mortis.

 

You can work out with yoga straps, blocks, bolsters, and balls. The well-dressed yoga practitioner can wear her loose-fitting yoga togs, carry her yoga mat in her matching yoga tote and dress her daughter in stylish yoga pants (featuring her favorite cartoon character).

 

Since yoga is everywhere, it must be okay. Or is it?

 

Those who think yoga is little more than a series of stress-relieving stretching exercises may be surprised to learn about the true foundation of the multi-billion dollar yoga craze in North America.

 

Take a look at some of these numbers from Yoga Journal's “Yoga in America Study” from 2016. See how the numbers have increased from 2012 to 2016.

 

Even though this study focuses on Yoga in America, similar numbers can be found all around the world.

 

WHAT IS YOGA?

 

According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, yoga is an East Indian Sanskrit word which means “union with god” or “to yoke.”

 

The yoke of yoga is different from the one Jesus refers to when He says, Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30).

 

According to Webster's, YOGA IS: a mystic and ascetic Hindu discipline for achieving union with the supreme spirit through meditation, prescribed postures, controlled breathing, etc.”

 

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines yoga as a “Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation.”

 

Salvation by Works?

By its own definition, yoga is “a mystic” (occult) and ascetic (self-denying) Hindu discipline” for the purpose of “achieving union with the supreme spirit…”

 

How is this union achieved–through faith in Jesus Christ? By confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believing in your heart that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10)?

 

No!

 

“Achieving union with the supreme spirit” (who is NOT Jesus, but the Lord of Yoga) is achieved “through meditation, prescribed postures (yoga poses, which are “offerings to the 330 million Hindu gods”), controlled breathing, etc.”

 

Who is “The Lord of Yoga”?

 

According to Webster's Dictionary, Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction and rebirth (part of the Hindu “trinity” of Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva)

 

According to the Bhagavad-Gita:

 

What is a practice dedicated to “Lord Shiva the Destroyer” doing in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ?

 

Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

 

Yoga is a spiritual discipline.

 

Yoga is not “just exercise.” There are powerful spiritual elements the average yoga practitioner does not see–but which still has an effect on them.

 

My own 22 years in yoga (from ages 7 to 29, I was both a Yoga Student and Yoga Instructor) have made me acutely aware of the dangers of yoga.

 

We see from Merriam-Webster's online dictionary definition above, yoga is a “theistic (relating to God or gods) philosophy” which teaches the “suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will” so that one's inner self may be freed from them and attain “liberation.”

 

Could we say that “liberation” is another word for “salvation“?

 

Yoga Missionaries?

 

According to Swami Sivasiva Palani from his January 1991 “Open Letter to Evangelicals” in Hinduism Today, yoga instructors are “Yoga Missionaries.”

 

“A small army of yoga missionaries – Hatha yoga (the form of yoga taught in most fitness centers and churches), Raja, Siddha, and Kundalini (other forms of yoga) – beautifully trained in the last 10 years, is about to set upon the western world,” wrote Swami Palani.

 

“They may not call themselves Hindu, but Hindus know where yoga came from and where it goes.”

 

Yoga and Christianity

Christian writer Holly Robaina, like me, was delivered out of New Age spirituality. She shared with me regarding yoga and Christianity:

 

“I have seen more Christians led away from Christ and into the New Age through the ‘door of yoga' than the other way around.” 

 

In an article by Holly Robaina in Christianity Today, she maintains that PraiseMoves is NOT so-called “Christian Yoga” and explains the differences she sees between yoga and PraiseMoves, which is the Christian ALTERNATIVE to yoga.

 

“…[some] believe PraiseMoves is yoga with Christian terminology thrown in. I’d correct that statement and say Laurette’s program is a Christian stretching program that seeks to reflect the physical benefits of yoga while replacing Hindu spiritualism with Christian worship.

 

Read the rest of her article “Take a Pass on Yoga” here. 

 

By the way, so-called “Christian yoga” is an oxymoron or contradiction in terms such as a “Christian Buddhist” or “Christian Hindu” — there is no such thing!

 

To learn more, here is where you can meet the HINDU FOUNDER of “Christian yoga.”

 

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July 1, 2013

Yoga in Schools vs. Ashram-State Separation

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by Dr. Laurette Willis, Founder of PraiseMoves Fitness Ministry

Whatever happened to Separation of Ashram and State?

$500,000 from Guruji Jois' Ashtanga Foundation speaks.

 

“Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009)”
Notice Ganesha, the Hindu Elephant god in the foreground.

 

“Guruji” Jois of the Ashtanga Foundation funding yoga in schools.

 

Yoga in Schools: I am honored to be able to share with you an eyewitness account of the ruling that went forth today in the case against yoga in the Encinitas Union School District in San Diego County, CA. For understandable reasons, this concerned parent preferred to remain anonymous.

 

To read the background on this case, please see my posts: Parents May Sue over Yoga in Schools and CA School District Sued over Yoga

 

Encinitas Judge Ruled in Favor of Yoga over Suit brought by Parents

 

Just think–when Johnny and Susie grow up and are invited to the Ashtanga yoga class, or see the book on Kundalini yoga, they will associate it with the harmless little yoga classes they took as their PE classes in school.

 

 

Be aware that the yoga agenda is to be in EVERY public school in America – not just these nine (and it already is in many schools from rural West Virginia to metropolitan New York City to well, Encinitas).

 

Efforts to separate yoga from its spiritual center reveal ignorance of the goal of yoga. (Professor Subhas Tuwari, Hindu University of America, HinduismToday.com – 9/1-3/09)

 

“Criss-Cross Applesauce”

 

Do you detect a note of sarcasm and belittlement in the following opening words to Sophia Rosenbaum's article from today's NBC News?

 

“A San Diego judge ruled Monday that yoga poses like downward dog and ‘criss-cross applesauce' are not religious, allowing a yoga program to continue in a Southern California school district.”

 

She goes on to share: “Yoga instructor Jennifer Nicole Brown, who demonstrated some of the yoga positions in court, said when parents complained about their children chanting, she removed it from the lesson.”

 

Isn't that good that for now anyway, chanting is not a part of the Physical Education class?

 

An Anonymous Eyewitness Account of the Trial

 

I have honored this eyewitness' desire to remain anonymous. This person has followed the trial since its beginning.

 

“The judge (who practices Bikram yoga!) attacked the character of the people who started the lawsuit, speculating that they were leaders of a ‘conspiracy theory.' He threw every single parent testimony out one-by-one, and even threw out the expert by stating she was not credible as ‘she saw everything religious.’

 

“He admitted yoga was religious in nature but said that wasn't the case here. Huh?

 

“It was surreal watching him wrap 10 non-truth ‘facts’ around his ruling. For example, all teachers were Jois-certified, a fact affirmed by the superintendent, one of the teachers, the FAQ, and even the grant required it – but during the last testimony of the Asst. Superintendent, he claimed they weren’t all Jois-certified and the judge took his word over all the other testimonies.

 

“Unbelievable, unless you know the spiritual warfare around this case. People can be blind-folded sometimes (spiritually speaking).

 

“I trust God has a plan and this is either part of it, or this is not the battle He wanted to win (We KNOW the war is already won!—Laurette).

 

“One of the people involved said, ‘I know we will be persecuted. This was supposed to have been done. It’s not easy to be ridiculed by the public or to get the nasty emails, but Jesus hung on a cross for me so this is nothing. Amen.’”

 

A Silly Parallel ~ Genuflecting Exercises in School???

 

Teacher: “Come, children! Let’s do our Christ-o-Flex exercises! Bring your left foot back. Bend both knees slightly. Now bring the fingers of your right hand to your forehead, and now to your heart, and now to each shoulder.

 

Again, hold. Breathe deeply and relax. Does anyone want a little water for their fingers? It really cools the forehead when you do this.”

 

 

Student: “Um, Mrs. Winkie? Isn’t that genuflecting like they do in the Catholic Church—using ‘holy water’? I’m Muslim. My parents don’t let me make the sign of the cross on my body.”

 

Teacher: “Oh, come now! Don’t be paranoid! These are just exercises!!! Okay, everyone! Off to the pool for our Bapti-dunk class. It’s sooooo relaxing and really has cut down on bullying.”

 

We would never allow such foolishness, of course, but we can see the parallel when one considers that to Hindus, yoga is very much a part of their religion.

 

How about a yoga class which promises to be completely devoid of all religious aspects? Well, do they call it “yoga”? Why is it not just called “Stretch and Tone” class or something similar?

 

A little deception, please.

 

NBC News' Rosenbaum writes: “The foundation’s website says it is looking to promote wellness, health, and achievement for youth, especially those in under-served communities.”

 

Yes. That is how “Guruji” Jois' website looks NOW, but for an eye-opener, take a look at how the website looked last October when I took this screenshot (click on the image to enlarge).

 

The light green lettering reads:

“Founded 2008, in loving dedication to Guruji, Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, whose Asthanga Yoga teachings have catalyzed a worldwide revival of yoga.”  Page identifier–“About Jois: Ashtanga Yoga in the Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji)”

– See more at: http://praisemoves.com/blog/#sthash.hJJe8QMc.dpuf

The light green lettering reads:

“Founded 2008, in loving dedication to Guruji, Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, whose Asthanga Yoga teachings have catalyzed a worldwide revival of yoga.”  Page identifier–“About Jois: Ashtanga Yoga in the Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji)”

– See more at: http://praisemoves.com/blog/#sthash.hJJe8QMc.dpuf

The light green lettering reads:

“Founded 2008, in loving dedication to Guruji, Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, whose Asthanga Yoga teachings have catalyzed a worldwide revival of yoga.”  Page identifier–“About Jois: Ashtanga Yoga in the Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji)”

– See more at: http://praisemoves.com/blog/#sthash.hJJe8QMc.dpuf

The light green lettering reads:

 

“Founded 2008, in loving dedication to Guruji, Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, whose Asthanga Yoga teachings have catalyzed a worldwide revival of yoga.” 

 

Page identifier–“About Jois: Ashtanga Yoga in the Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji)”

 

“Guruji” means “teacher,” and more closely “beloved teacher.”

 

Interestingly, this page is no longer visible anywhere associated with Jois Foundation (except on the PraiseMoves website here: Yoga in Schools).

 

Are You Yoking?

 

 

Think yoga is a good idea in public schools? Stretching is great – so why not just call them “Stretching Classes”?

 

There is no physical yoga and spiritual yoga.  If it is exclusively physical, it won’t be yoga.  Yoga is dealing with the entirety; it is a union.” – Prashant Iyengar, son of B.K.S Iyengar

 

Yoga means “union” or more correctly “yoke” in Sanskrit. But yoked to what…or to whom?

 

What is the goal of yoga? 

 

Patanjali (first century B.C. compiler of the Yoga Sutras) describes the goal of Yoga as chitta-vritti-nirodha or “the cessation of mental fluctuations” (as in “empty the mind,” which I used to hear in my yoga classes and taught as a yoga instructor when I was a New Ager, ages 7 to 29).

 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Romans 12:2). We are transformed by FILLING our minds on the Word of the Living God from the Bible, not by “emptying” our minds.

 

Subduing the mind is a core concept also found in Hinduism’s Bhagavad Gita: “Thus always absorbing one’s self in yoga, the yogi, whose mind is subdued, achieves peace that culminates in the highest state of Nirvana, which rests in me [Lord Krishna/Brahman/Supreme Reality].”

 

It's a Different Yoke

 

Jesus the true Prince of Peace said, Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30).

 

To discover the “Lord of Yoga” and other disturbing truths which prove yoga is so much more than “just exercise,” please see my comprehensive article with scriptural references, quotes from Hindus and Christian apologists here:Why a Christian ALTERNATIVE to Yoga?

 

Yoga in your public school?

 

Is YOGA in your school? Are you concerned that yoga is indeed “more than just exercise”? Do you believe in “Separation of Ashram-and-State” (likewise Temple-and-State, Church-and-State, etc.)? 

 

Get the FACTS about yoga and present them to your School Principal, Superintendent, Curriculum Director, Parent-Teacher Organization — anyone who will listen to you.

PowerMovesKids.com – Endorsed by the US Dept of Education, teachers, principals, and parents. PMK is the first Character Education + Fitness Program for the Classroom. By Dr. Laurette Willis @ www.PowerMovesKids.com

 

Say “NO” to Yoga in Schools. If you would like information about a secular alternative which has been adopted by public schools throughout the US and Canada since 2006, take a look at the PowerMoves Kids Character Education-and-Fitness Program, whose slogan is “Winning the War Against Childhood Obesity — with CHARACTER.” (www.PowerMovesKids.com).

 

Pray that those things which lie in darkness are being revealed–all to the glory of God. He is faithful and true.

 

Yoga-in-Schools Case Winner Changes Name!

 

“Guruji” Jois Ashtanga Yoga Foundation HAS CHANGED ITS NAME!

 

Now it's the Sonima Foundation – after its founders, Sonia Jones (wife of billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones II), and friend Salima Ruffin, to reflect its broader mission.

 

“There was an allegation that we are a religious organization,” said Ruffin. “Nothing could be further from the truth. The primary interest is health and wellness for children.”

 

Sonia Jones with a portrait of “Guruji” Jois, watching over (in a non-religious way, of course).

 

Tied up with a neat little bow? No. See 2 Corinthians 2:11.

 

Excerpts taken from “Yoga poses no risk to church-state separation, says judge,” NBC News.com.

 

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The light green lettering reads:

“Founded 2008, in loving dedication to Guruji, Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, whose Asthanga Yoga teachings have catalyzed a worldwide revival of yoga.”  Page identifier–“About Jois: Ashtanga Yoga in the Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji)”

– See more at: http://praisemoves.com/blog/#sthash.hJJe8QMc.dpuf

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September 30, 2012

Yoga: Exercise or Religion?

Filed under: Articles,Blog,Why a Christian ALTERNATIVE to Yoga? — Tags: , , , , , , — Laurette @ 1:46 pm

YOGA IS RELIGION

by L.G. Marshall, Christian (Taken from “Yoga IS Religion” by L.G. Marshall: former yogi, TM student and follower of “The Maharishi,” now devoted follower of Jesus Christ)

The differences between PraiseMoves and yoga are evident.

PraiseMoves is so much more peaceful and positive and uplifting than yoga. The Word of God used in PraiseMoves always builds people up.

Yoga focuses on Self, which separates us from others. While purporting to make connections, it actually does the exact opposite. The “good feelings” that come from yoga are a mirage. The closer you look, the more the image disappears into nothingness.

The exact opposite happens in a typical PraiseMoves class. At the end of class, the participants feel connected with fellow Believers. They have had a real encounter with the God of the Bible, through His Word, and His Holy Spirit.

PraiseMoves supports the biblical teachings that God is the Creator, and we, His creation, have been made to worship and obey Him, experience healing and have an eternal relationship with Him.

Yoga (“Union with Self”) practice comes directly from a main branch of Hindu religion, which teaches that everything is God. There is no distinction between the Creator and Man. “Man is God.” Yoga is the vehicle to the supposed realization that “man is God.”

Yoga is always destined to fail miserably in its fundamental purpose. Yoga practices can be very harmful as well. Physically, spiritually and emotionally harmful. Yoga was always meant to be imparted by a teacher that stayed with the student for long periods of time. Constantly monitoring, constantly instructing , constantly observing the student. The Indian gurus that teach yoga are always in a disciple/devotee relationship with their students. This is because yoga can be a very dangerous practice.

Contrast that with PraiseMoves. While PraiseMoves is not the Word of God, it will never contradict the Word of God. PraiseMoves always points to the Word of God, which does have the power to save souls, and the power to renew the mind and body. PraiseMoves is constructive. Yoga is destructive.

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March 7, 2011

Meet the Hindu Founder of “Christian Yoga”

Filed under: Articles,Why a Christian ALTERNATIVE to Yoga? — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , — Laurette @ 11:38 pm

The “Father of Christian Yoga” was Hindu?

Do you think so-called “Christian Yoga” is something new? I'll admit that I did when I first heard of it — but it goes as far back as the early-early 1900s!

 

As the founder of PraiseMoves, “The Christian ALTERNATIVE to yoga,” I have said for many years, “Christian yoga is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms (like a “Christian Buddhist” – no such thing!). 

Above is an image of a copy of The Christian Yoga Monthly magazine from the early 1900s. For 10 cents one could get one's fill of “Philosophy, Spiritual Healing, Metaphysics and Psychology” along with the “Rationale of the Golden Rule, New Cycle Meditation and Bible Studies.”

 

Sounds like a real hodge-podge, doesn't it? Not exactly the latest edition of “Upper Room.”  

 

Many think so-called “Christian yoga” is a nice, Christianized version of yoga (“There's no chanting, so it must be okay.”). Think again.

 

What is a practice dedicated to “Lord Shiva, the Destroyer,” known as the “Lord of Yoga” doing in the Church of the LORD JESUS CHRIST?

 

Yoga in the Church is anathema. So-called “Christian Yoga” IS Yoga.

 

Is there Yoga for Christians? Well, Christian yoga is NOT a yoga alternative. It is YOGA. And there are reasons why Christians should not walk through that door

 

Christian Yoga IS Yoga. Here's proof. Meet the Hindu “Father of Christian Yoga.”

A.K. Mozumdar founded the Christian Yoga Church in Spokane, WA. In 1913, he became “the first Hindu to become a U.S. citizen.”

Written over 100 years ago in 1911, here is the description of a book about “Christian Yoga Metaphysics” by the founder of the Christian Yoga Society.

 

He founded the Christian Yoga Church in Spokane, Washington. His teaching sought to combine Christianity with Hindu meditative practice.

 

In 1919 he moved to California, where he continued to grow his church at a new “church” in the San Bernardino Mountains. In 1924 he produced a film in Hollywood, “Beyond the Veil.”

 

The Life and the Way: The Christian Yoga Metaphysics – by A.K. Mozumdar

“A. K. Mozumdar was the founder of the Christian Yoga Society and this book outlines much of its spiritual philosophy.

 

“East and West and brought together to allow those from both spiritual backgrounds to enhance their growth and to possibly experience an all-pervading Oneness in the universe.

 

“This is an important spiritual work that is capable of transforming an individual. From reading it, one may discover a unique path to follow and achieve spiritual peace of mind.”  

 

Notice on the book's cover the “self” sits in front of the cross of Jesus Christ. “With its back to the cross!” my husband Paul Willis said.

A.K. Mozumdar, born in Calcutta, India in 1880, studied Hinduism before coming to America in 1905. His Christian Yoga Church on 3rd Avenue in Spokane, WA combined Christianity with Hindu meditative practice.

The “Father of Christian Yoga” lived from 1864-1953. Here's an interesting quote from Mozumdar who obviously denies that Jesus came to earth in the flesh, as a man (a basic tenet of Christianity):

 

“If man thinks and acts, is not the thinker and actor God? If God is all life, then all lives are God. The creative power is the very nature of the being of the Creator; hence the creative power is God. Life is the Creator, and will never be reduced to the level of its own creation. This knowledge sets a man free.”

 

No, knowledge of the truth that Jesus is the only Way, the Truth and the Life sets one free. I for one am SO grateful that Jesus, the King of Glory, lowered Himself and came to earth as a man, His own creation, that He could be the perfect sacrifice for mankind.

 

“Christian Yoga”? Test the Spirits!

What did the apostle John under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit say about testing the spirits, whether they are of God or not?

 

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world” (1 John 4:1-3).

 

What in the World is “Chrislam”?

Have you heard of “Chrislam”? It's supposedly Christianity mixed with the Moslem faith. Most Christians would agree that Christianity and Islam cannot be mixed.

 

Syncretism = an attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought.

 

Chrislam is an attempt to syncretize Christianity with Islam. It began in Nigeria in the 1980s, Chrislamic ideas have spread throughout much of the world. The essential concept of Chrislam is that Christianity and Islam are compatible, that one can be a Christian and a Muslim at the same time. 

 

But Christianity and Islam are NOT compatible. 

 

So, why are some so ready to believe one can mix Christianity with Hinduism?

 

ChrIslam = Islam, just as “Christian yoga” = yoga. Yoga IS Religion.

 

Christianity is a relationship, not a religion (although many have made a religion out of it – “Christian-ism,” perhaps).

 

Relationship is God-made. Religion is man-made.

 

Maranatha! Come quickly, Lord Jesus! In the meantime, let's OCCUPY with love until He comes!

 

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