January’s EllieBox is super adorable but February’s just arrived and I can’t wait to share what’s there. Maybe some new yoga poses I just mastered, too. Yes I believe in Jesus and yes I practice Yoga.
I had an interesting conversation with someone who recently messaged me about this “potential conflict.”
I have a relationship with Jesus Christ the one and only true God that is living inside me and whose blood is pumping through my veins. The one who shattered all Pharisee thinking and religious rules. The one who called Simon and Matthew to be his disciples, even though most small thinkers saw them as the “worst sinners.” Jesus who has conquered death and life and the evil one. I am his daughter and there is nothing, no evil, that can separate me from Him! I believe that there are extremes to almost everything that exists in this world, including yoga practice. We know that discernment is profoundly important in the life of a Christian. In a yoga class, we should be continually evaluating our own intentions and actions—just like we should be doing with everything, every day. most of what we call yoga in the West is not truly yoga at all—it is only asana, the physical postures, and pranayama, the breathing exercises. There are myriad schools of thought in modern yoga and to sum all of them up in a few paragraphs would do them no justice. Hinduism involves yoga; all yoga is not Hinduism. One of my teachers refers to yoga as “the process of noticing.” At its most basic, yoga is a physical discipline involving stretching, strength training and breathing exercises. By practicing the physical aspects of the discipline, we develop an acute awareness of the natural state of our bodies, increased focus and heightened self-control. There are several types of yoga that only incorporate the physical aspect like Hatha,” “Basic” or “Power” yoga.
We especially if we are labeling ourselves as Christians have to steer away from this generalization judgement and better understand people for who they are and where they are coming from. When we get out of the balanced place that Jesus spent his life living out and preaching, we get in that extremist danger zone.
Looking around us we see the danger that happens when anything is out of balance. I am not saying that there is not any yoga which may involve meditating to reach certain Gods or bring certain forces about. Before I did yoga I turned my nose up to it too. Not for the religious aspect but because who would spend one hour doing that when you could spend an hour and burn quadruple the calories.
Ah, if we could only know when we are speaking out of judgment or ignorance.
Remember, they will know we are Christians by our love. Not by our legalistic calls and how well we can quote the Bible. May God continue to bless you with wisdom, discernment and a heart of love. For love conquers a multitude of sins. Satan has absolutely no power over us and has been defeated by my Jesus, Jesus!