Yoga Is Stretching with the Devil

Albert Mohler, the head of the Southern Baptist Seminary, recently blogged that Christians should not practice yoga.  He warns:

When Christians practice yoga, they must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga. The contradictions are not few, nor are they peripheral. The bare fact is that yoga is a spiritual discipline by which the adherent is trained to use the body as a vehicle for achieving consciousness of the divine. Christians are called to look to Christ for all that we need and to obey Christ through obeying his Word. We are not called to escape the consciousness of this world by achieving an elevated state of consciousness, but to follow Christ in the way of faithfulness. . . .Christians who practice yoga are embracing, or at minimum flirting with, a spiritual practice that threatens to transform their own spiritual lives into a “post-Christian, spiritually polyglot” reality.

The AP reported on Mohler’s position and not surprising he received a lot of flak.  Folks called Mohler insane, incompetent, stupid, vile, fundamentalist, and perverted.”

There is no easy way to say this:  Mohler is right.  Yoga is evil and should be avoided by all Christians.  Although not widely discussed, all yoga instructors have been branded with the mark of the beast.  Stay away from yoga. It is dangerous and evil. Mohler seems to have taken his stance directly from Pat Robertson who encourages stretching but warns against “spooky” yoga.

Despite these well-informed and well-intentioned warnings, hordes of supposed Christians keep turning up at Siouxsie’s yoga classes.  If Mohler and Robertson can just get their message out to a few people, yoga studios everywhere will be a little less crowded and America can get back to trying to be the the fattest country in the history of the world.  Additionally, if yoga and yogis would be more upfront about being in league with Satan, then someone might actually offer a really kick ass goth yoga class.  Until then, enjoy these videos and stay away from yoga.

~ by siouxsielaw on October 13, 2010.

9 Responses to “Yoga Is Stretching with the Devil”

  1. Ha. Ha. The Christoga set is awesome. The crosses and black outfits have the makings of an awesome goth yoga class.

  2. Curses – I would have gotten away with it was it not for that meddling Siouxsie Law… tis true, I am a mild mannered shoe loving lawyer by deal, evil yoga peddler by night. Available for all manner of occult celebrations by appointment in return for a pair of CL Pigalles 120 mm

  3. All this may demonstrate that exposure to really bad theology can be, in fact, a sly yoga class. I’m squirming so much, I’m sure I’ve done some of the asanas, but I’m not so advanced that I can tell you which ones.

    I just have to keep working on my breathing, nothing being quite so conducive to rapid, shallow gasps as Pat Robertson. A good cure is to chant the Credo in Latin and say a Rosary afterwards. which the likes of Mr. Robertson know are the REAL tools of the Devil.

  4. I think it is amusing that Mohler and Robertson are freaked out by yoga. Christianity made it big by embracing elements of other religions. Christmas and Easter are based on Pagan and Jewish holidays. Our Lady of Guadalupe was invented to convert Aztecs to Catholicism. There are lots of other examples. Yogis should be freaked out that Christians are taking an interest in it, not the other way around.

  5. Hi Siouxsie,

    Yoga is a twelve spoked wheel. And only one of these spokes is exercise.
    Diet is a spoke.
    As is religious practice.
    Meditation is another.

    The problem is that the word ‘Yoga’ covers a lot of territory.

    He is right about some of the things that yoga is. But that doesn’t stop me from using a sound exercise program that is also called Yoga.

    Or being a Christian.

    Yoga is a way of life that can be christian or otherwise. The choice of religious focus is up to the individual. It is not a religion in and of itself.

    But it is practices religiously.

    Sincerely, Lady Euphoria Deathwatch

    • Thank you so much for your comment Lady Euphoria Deathwatch. I am fan of your blog, and have been for some time.
      I think you have stated it well “[t]he choice of religious focus is up to the individual.”

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