Yoga is an essential part of Hindu philosophy and the two cannot be separated.

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This is from the Hindu American Foundation: “Yoga is a combination of both physical and spiritual exercises, entails mastery over the body, mind and emotional self, and transcendence of desire. The ultimate goal is moksha, the attainment of liberation from worldly suffering and the cycle of birth and rebirth.”

As a Catholic the term “rebirth” in this excerpt should be very disconcerting. Catholics simply do not believe in rebirth. As Catholics we believe you are given one lifetime. You are baptized and will live your life as a believer in Christ as your Savior. You aren’t given multiple lives to work out your final destiny.

Additionally, Catholics “get” suffering. Maybe sometimes too much; but nonetheless, we don’t—as a group—run from suffering. We understand its redemptive value. While we may wish to be liberated from it and can certainly pursue that through Christ, we don’t see it as our “ultimate goal.” Our ultimate goal is to unite our lives with Christ, the Suffering Servant.

Or there is this from the Hindu American Foundation: “There is the concerning trend of disassociating Yoga from its Hindu roots. Yet, even when Yoga is practiced solely in the form of an exercise, it cannot be completely delinked from its Hindu roots.”

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Psalms 96:3-6 Declare his glory among the Gentiles: his wonders among all people. (4) For the Lord is great, and exceedingly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. (5) For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils: but the Lord made the heavens. (6) Praise and beauty are before him: holiness and majesty in his sanctuary.

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2 Comments

  1. Sooooo……

    As an orthodox “Faith” alternative to Yoga, we have “RosaryWorkout dot com, complete with Facebook page?

    Oh, puhleeeze!

  2. As a Christian,we are NEVER to participate in Yoga! Do not be FOOLED, as so many Christians, for it’s exercise value! It is interconnected with the worship of Pagan gods. When I realized this, I even rid myself of Yoga pants! Because of the connection.
    Unfortunately, many of my Catholic friends have attended Yoga classes.Their excuse, it is good excellent exercise, and they don’t get into the Spiritual exercises…..Hogwash…each position and stretch is worship!
    Do Not Do It!
    Very New Age, also!


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