The history of yoga is based in the Indus Valley civilization. The techniques are practiced by the Indus to initiate spiritual growth. Since it is taught by the yogis that everything is God, it then stands to reason, man is God. Christianity, on the other hand, teaches there is a clear distinction between man and God. Since God is the Creator, we are one of his creations and created “in the image” of God.
Yoga teaches to focus on ourselves instead of on the one true God of the bible. It encourages to seek the answers to life's difficult questions within our own conscience instead of in the Bible.
Do you think this goes against Christian beliefs and do you still do Yoga? Are you able to separate the philosophy from your religious beliefs and simply use it to relax?
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I am a Buddhist, and I do yoga and meditate (although not at the same time.. you can easily find Yoga studios which don't combine the two).. I know many Christians who meditate and they feel it brings them CLOSER to god... that it opens their mind and lets them understand better, and some even claim that it lets them talk to god. I don't know about that.. but who am I to tell them they are wrong?
I really think its a matter of opinion.. but in my opinion, no... neither yoga nor meditation goes against the teachings of the bible.
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