Christians Shouldn't Worry About Practicing Yoga Even Though It Is A "Pagan" Practice

Christians Shouldn't Worry About Practicing Yoga Even Though It Is A "Pagan" Practice

Yoga is not entirely religious anymore.
"As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts If you seek Him, He will let you find Him..." -1 Chronicles 28:9

Recently, someone sent me an article entitled, "Christians Shouldn't Practice Yoga Because it is a Pagan Practice." Several paragraphs in and I knew I didn't share the same perspective on the topic as the author. The article was basically saying that yoga was originally a part of Hindu worship and as Christians, we shouldn't participate in pagan practices.

The person that sent it to me added the comment "God may take it more seriously than we do," after the article.

I'm not going to lie, I was pretty heated at this point...

Now I love having genuine, deep conversations with people. In fact, it is one of my favorite things to do with people. Being the introvert that I am, I crave deep conversations more than lite chatter about the weather so I love when people open the door to talk about something they are passionate about especially when it is about their faith.

However, it is hard to have these conversations when people are shut off to other perspectives regarding the topic which seemed to be the case concerning the article about yoga.

While that person is entitled to her own belief, I would like the opportunity to share mine.

Yoga origin has a long and complex history and was actually associated with several religions throughout Asia but primarily India.

Even the word "yoga" has had several meanings throughout its existence. It wasn't till around 500 AD that yoga became a part of the Hindu religion as a way to show "devotion and love towards God."

Today, yoga has no spiritual affiliation. In the 1900's, the practice transformed into a health practice instead of a religious one.

Even though there are still people who practice it for religious purposes, the majority of people enjoy it because it relieves chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain. It can also improve your flexibility, posture, and act as therapy for an injury.

IF yoga was solely religiously affiliated like it was 1,500 years ago, my position might be different. Today yoga is no longer considered a religious practice and when I step into Yoga class at the gym, God sees the intentions of my heart.

He knows I am not there to worship some other god. He is compassionate and understands that yoga is my way to relax after a long day.

Telling me I shouldn't practice yoga because it has a pagan background is hypocritical when you realize that many Christians also celebrate Halloween even though is was originally celebrated by the Celtics to ward off ghosts.

God doesn't take yoga more seriously than we do. He knows our hearts.

This isn't a justification or a guilty conscious trying to feel free, it's just a girl trying to search and discover God's heart. What I've found is nothing but love, compassion, understanding, grace, mercy, and peace.

I find it hard to believe that the same God who has all those characteristics would condemn someone for trying to strength their mind and body through a simple workout.

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Hey Girl, Grace Speaks Louder Than Your False Humility So Stop Saying You're Not Enough

"Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect" - Demi Lovato


The amount of times I've said the words "not good enough" in the last week is appalling.

I'm not a good enough daughter or sister.

I'm not a good enough friend or leader.

I'm not a good enough worker.

I'm just not good enough.

No matter how far ahead I was in one area, I was falling behind in everything else. And if you're a perfectionist like me or at least you used to be, you've had one of those weeks before.

A week of beating yourself up for not being good enough. If you've said it enough times, you actually start to feel it. The unworthiness you've proclaimed over yourself just by repeating the words "not enough" over and over.

A.J. Swoboda and Ken Wytsma "We eventually become our words. We not only become the words we believe about God, but we also become the words spoken over us by ourselves, others, and society."

When God spoke creation into existence, He called it good. But then we perfectionists go and undermine what God has already defined well when we say, "Um, no, not good enough." That's when our words about ourselves become the words we believe about God.

When we go and say "not good enough," we say that our opinions matter more than our own Creator. We .limit the power God has to speak creation into existence. This right here is where we meet pride as it continues to build walls around us just so that it can give us a false sense of humility.

Next, if it's true that we tend to become what we are called, the words we say about ourselves impact the way live and behave. Say you're "not good enough" enough times and you'll soon be bearers of those words, feeling unworthy to accept the grace that God has for us. Our words were never supposed to be more important than His Word but our pride has made it so.

Pride rejects grace over and over again.

Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with developing your character and watching you grow. But if your words are only to criticize and shame yourself, that's not the right character your building.

Correction should always be from love and grace and that's not found in the words "not good enough."

So, enough is enough! Ladies, we need to stop being so darn on ourselves.

We need to draw near to God and let him tear down our walls of pride and false humility so that we can accept the grace that he gives us even when we feel we're at our lowest.

Grace says we're His daughters and we're sisters in Christ.

Grace says the He is our best friend and He's shaping us into leaders just like Him.

Grace says we're free from captivity.

Grace says we are a new creation and that we are made good.

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