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Posted by on May. 24, 2010 at 4:36 AM
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Christ-centered yoga program starts here

By Staff Reports - Athens Banner-Herald

Published Sunday, May 23, 2010 

         

Holy Yoga, a discipline of Christ-centered yoga classes and teacher training programs, began offering classes in Athens last week.

Holy Yoga now offers a gentle class and level 1-2 class Tuesdays and Thursdays at Athens Power Yoga, 750 N. Chase St.

The classes are led by certified and registered Holy Yoga instructor Mary McKinney, and the classes provide introspective slow movements, linking breath and motion. The focus is on breath work and reliance on God through meditation.

McKinney has been attending yoga classes since August 2008 and felt a need to combine the spiritual and physical in her yoga.

 "I've always loved fitness and nutrition, and feel that as Christians we need to be well rounded in our mind, body and soul," she said in an e-mail.

For more information, call (706) 201-3432, visit the website at www.HolyYogaof AthensGA.com or e-mail MaryM@HolyYoga.net.

http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/052310/bus_643122505.shtml

 




                        


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lilywitch
by on May. 24, 2010 at 4:43 AM

There is no Christian Yoga.

By Yogi Baba Prem, Vedavisharada, CYI, C.ay, C.va

 

It was quite astonishing to see on the flyer "Christian Yoga! This Thursday night...."  I could feel the wheels spinning in my brain.  "Christian Yoga", I thought.  Now while Christians can practice yoga, I am not aware of any Christian teachings about yoga.  Yoga is not a Judeo/Christian word!  It is not a part of the Roman Catholic teachings and certainly not a part of protestant teachings.  It is not found within the King James Version of the bible.  It is a Hindu word, or more correctly a Sanskrit word from the Vedic civilization.  So how did we get "Christian Yoga"?

 

From this I could conclude that "Christian Yoga" could only indicate one of two possibilities:

 

1)      Christianity is threatened by yoga and is attempting to take over this system that "invaded their turf" pertaining to spiritual teachings and techniques.

2)      Christianity is subconsciously attempting to return to the spiritual roots of civilization-the Vedic civilization. 

 

I thought to myself, "why would they want to take over yoga?"  Could it be due to the decline of members within the Christian church within the last 60 years?  Is this an extensive marketing plan cooked up in some New York marketing guru's head?  Is it an attempt to water down the teachings of yoga and import their own teachings into the system?  Or is it that they cannot stand not to own everything spiritual? 

 

I think the best reason might be that yoga, and eastern spirituality, offered answers to the spiritual questions that the spiritually hungry masses had.  It offered a practical, rational, logical, and truthful approach to spirituality.  It did not contain any form of  self-righteous condemnation, but offered love and acceptance to all.   It did not prey upon victims with terms such as "Sin" and "eternal damnation".  But most importantly, it had answers!  It offered a practical approach to cultivating a relationship with divinity.  It offered a systematic approach and an abstract approach to meet the varying temperaments of the spirituality hungry. 

 

The second possibility was that Christianity was itself looking for answers.  A small book filled with judgment, inflexibility, and condemnation was no longer fulfilling the needs of the masses or the leaders of the church.  Offering yoga classes allowed the Christian to secretly practice Hinduism without having to renounce their Christian tradition. 

 

Possibly by embracing the technology of yoga and meditation, the Christian church could finally return to the idea of love and acceptance that it believed it was founded upon.  It is ironic that one religion would need to look to another religion to teach them about love, peace, harmony, and forgiveness. If successful, it could embrace these ancient teachings and save itself from the fate it planted over the last few thousand years.  

 

But possibly in their wisdom, the current fathers of the church realized that their time was coming to a close.  So within America they must absorb yoga before they are absorbed by it.  This is a common religious view that has appeared numerous times within world history.  Then they would immediately move their resources to India.  Taking over the country would allow them to own all the spirituality, and then ‘pick and chose' which tasty spiritual treats they would share.  After all they have 2000 years practice with this. 

 

Indian being a loving, peaceful people, openly embraced their brothers from the west.  They looked the other way as their temples were torn down.  They accepted it as karma as their families were torn apart over differing religious beliefs.  The Indians thought it was thoughtful of the missionaries to dress up just like swami's, to be "just like them" and to share in their kindred spirit.  

 

Of course we are in a great deal of debt to the missionaries as they have single handedly undone the highly discriminatory caste system within India.  Well they tried to, ...kinda.  Even though dalits are not allowed into churches with other castes at times.  But putting that aside, they put an end to poverty in India, well...they did purchase a lot of things, such as influence in the media, government, and elections.  And of course, Christian militant groups continue to be a tremendous asset to India.  They are ready to kill anyone invading their turf, except the Muslims who apparently will kill them back.

 

Modern day scholars from India frequently present the attitude of "let them have yoga, I am interested in protecting Hinduism."  I have heard this sentiment on numerous occasions, but the reality is that yoga is a part of Hinduism.  Allowing one part to be taken from Hinduism opens a door for the distortion of the teachings.  We must remember that the roots to modern day yoga comes from Vedic Yoga.  The same Vedic Yoga that is the authority of Hinduism.   Allowing one branch to be severed from the tree of knowledge will not necessarily kill that tree, but it can produce strain and have an unbalancing effect upon the tree. 

 

Hinduism should reclaim its full heritage and not allow other groups to rename its sacred teachings under their banner, especially when they have no history of those teaching within their own system.  If they wish to ‘borrow' and say this comes from our brothers and sisters in Hinduism, then that is another thing.  But frequently groups attempt to privatize the information and present themselves as the original authority.  Hinduism should guard against its sacred traditions becoming distorted and taken away. 

 

Scholars at universities should take the stand that yoga is part of Hinduism, though one is one required to be a Hindu to practice yoga. It is important to acknowledge the roots of the tradition; after all we are expected to give credit to the orginial sources within books and research papers, but yet Hindu scholars have ignored this fundamental western view when it comes to their own heritage. 

Ayla-bellesmom
by on May. 24, 2010 at 4:43 AM

I love yoga!

I actually took a yoga class as part of my "fitness" requirement in college. It was awesome. It was my first class of the day, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, and I always felt so rejuvinated and focused those days versus Tuesday and Thursday lol. 

blondekosmic15
by Platinum Member on May. 24, 2010 at 4:46 AM

 

Quoting Ayla-bellesmom:

I love yoga!

I actually took a yoga class as part of my "fitness" requirement in college. It was awesome. It was my first class of the day, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, and I always felt so rejuvinated and focused those days versus Tuesday and Thursday lol. 

 Thx. for sharing. I have never taken yoga classes~

 




                        


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blondekosmic15
by Platinum Member on May. 24, 2010 at 4:47 AM

 

Quoting lilywitch:

There is no Christian Yoga.

By Yogi Baba Prem, Vedavisharada, CYI, C.ay, C.va

 

It was quite astonishing to see on the flyer "Christian Yoga! This Thursday night...."  I could feel the wheels spinning in my brain.  "Christian Yoga", I thought.  Now while Christians can practice yoga, I am not aware of any Christian teachings about yoga.  Yoga is not a Judeo/Christian word!  It is not a part of the Roman Catholic teachings and certainly not a part of protestant teachings.  It is not found within the King James Version of the bible.  It is a Hindu word, or more correctly a Sanskrit word from the Vedic civilization.  So how did we get "Christian Yoga"?

 

From this I could conclude that "Christian Yoga" could only indicate one of two possibilities:

 

1)      Christianity is threatened by yoga and is attempting to take over this system that "invaded their turf" pertaining to spiritual teachings and techniques.

2)      Christianity is subconsciously attempting to return to the spiritual roots of civilization-the Vedic civilization. 

 

I thought to myself, "why would they want to take over yoga?"  Could it be due to the decline of members within the Christian church within the last 60 years?  Is this an extensive marketing plan cooked up in some New York marketing guru's head?  Is it an attempt to water down the teachings of yoga and import their own teachings into the system?  Or is it that they cannot stand not to own everything spiritual? 

 

I think the best reason might be that yoga, and eastern spirituality, offered answers to the spiritual questions that the spiritually hungry masses had.  It offered a practical, rational, logical, and truthful approach to spirituality.  It did not contain any form of  self-righteous condemnation, but offered love and acceptance to all.   It did not prey upon victims with terms such as "Sin" and "eternal damnation".  But most importantly, it had answers!  It offered a practical approach to cultivating a relationship with divinity.  It offered a systematic approach and an abstract approach to meet the varying temperaments of the spirituality hungry. 

 

The second possibility was that Christianity was itself looking for answers.  A small book filled with judgment, inflexibility, and condemnation was no longer fulfilling the needs of the masses or the leaders of the church.  Offering yoga classes allowed the Christian to secretly practice Hinduism without having to renounce their Christian tradition. 

 

Possibly by embracing the technology of yoga and meditation, the Christian church could finally return to the idea of love and acceptance that it believed it was founded upon.  It is ironic that one religion would need to look to another religion to teach them about love, peace, harmony, and forgiveness. If successful, it could embrace these ancient teachings and save itself from the fate it planted over the last few thousand years.  

 

But possibly in their wisdom, the current fathers of the church realized that their time was coming to a close.  So within America they must absorb yoga before they are absorbed by it.  This is a common religious view that has appeared numerous times within world history.  Then they would immediately move their resources to India.  Taking over the country would allow them to own all the spirituality, and then ‘pick and chose' which tasty spiritual treats they would share.  After all they have 2000 years practice with this. 

 

Indian being a loving, peaceful people, openly embraced their brothers from the west.  They looked the other way as their temples were torn down.  They accepted it as karma as their families were torn apart over differing religious beliefs.  The Indians thought it was thoughtful of the missionaries to dress up just like swami's, to be "just like them" and to share in their kindred spirit.  

 

Of course we are in a great deal of debt to the missionaries as they have single handedly undone the highly discriminatory caste system within India.  Well they tried to, ...kinda.  Even though dalits are not allowed into churches with other castes at times.  But putting that aside, they put an end to poverty in India, well...they did purchase a lot of things, such as influence in the media, government, and elections.  And of course, Christian militant groups continue to be a tremendous asset to India.  They are ready to kill anyone invading their turf, except the Muslims who apparently will kill them back.

 

Modern day scholars from India frequently present the attitude of "let them have yoga, I am interested in protecting Hinduism."  I have heard this sentiment on numerous occasions, but the reality is that yoga is a part of Hinduism.  Allowing one part to be taken from Hinduism opens a door for the distortion of the teachings.  We must remember that the roots to modern day yoga comes from Vedic Yoga.  The same Vedic Yoga that is the authority of Hinduism.   Allowing one branch to be severed from the tree of knowledge will not necessarily kill that tree, but it can produce strain and have an unbalancing effect upon the tree. 

 

Hinduism should reclaim its full heritage and not allow other groups to rename its sacred teachings under their banner, especially when they have no history of those teaching within their own system.  If they wish to ‘borrow' and say this comes from our brothers and sisters in Hinduism, then that is another thing.  But frequently groups attempt to privatize the information and present themselves as the original authority.  Hinduism should guard against its sacred traditions becoming distorted and taken away. 

 

Scholars at universities should take the stand that yoga is part of Hinduism, though one is one required to be a Hindu to practice yoga. It is important to acknowledge the roots of the tradition; after all we are expected to give credit to the orginial sources within books and research papers, but yet Hindu scholars have ignored this fundamental western view when it comes to their own heritage. 

Interesting info you added. I have never heard of Christian yoga either~

 




                        


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lilywitch
by on May. 24, 2010 at 4:57 AM

I was pretty sure it was solely Hindu that a lot of fitness people have adopted and adapted for their health. While I see many positive effects of yoga, it isn't to be stolen from it's origins. Practice it if you like, but maintain respect for a religion that isn't *your* own. *your* being general, not personal.

EireLass
by Ruby Member on May. 24, 2010 at 8:34 AM

If you practice yoga thoroughly and correctly, you are not practicing christian yoga. 

LokisMama
by on May. 24, 2010 at 8:53 AM

A lot of people don't though, they just practice it for the workout and the flexability.  So I can see how they're trying to stick a Christan tag on it.

Quoting EireLass:

If you practice yoga thoroughly and correctly, you are not practicing christian yoga. 



PamR
by on May. 24, 2010 at 8:55 AM

I do yoga classes at my ymca.  I know there are churches here who have yoga as part of their exercise classes, but I've also heard the objections that it isn't "christian."   I don't really consider it as any type of religion for me; it's great exercise and wonderful for relaxing and de-stressing.  Keeps you limber and flexible as you get older.  We have a 72 year old lady who can do a perfect headstand.

tinybubblez
by on May. 24, 2010 at 9:22 AM

i like it ! too bad it's not closer.

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Just_Bethy
by on May. 24, 2010 at 9:25 AM

 

Quoting lilywitch:

 

1)      Christianity is threatened by yoga and is attempting to take over this system that "invaded their turf" pertaining to spiritual teachings and techniques.

 

 Yeah...Because they have NEVER done THAT before...

**She says, mourning the loss of real meaning from all her Pagan Holidays**



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