The Truth about Yoga

Yoga is one of those sensitive topics.  Some people will become very angry if you tell them it’s new age.  They don’t want to hear the truth.  That in itself is interesting, because I always think about something I read years ago.  I believe it was from St. Augustine, but can’t be 100 percent sure it was him.  Anyway,  he said, “the first response to truth is anger”.  

How interesting….A few years ago our Priest gave a talk on New Age practices and one talk was on yoga.  It just so happened that a young woman, who claimed to be Christian, was offering yoga classes in her shop.  When I gave her the information that our Priest had given us….she virtually went wild.  Like really wild.  She immediately began screaming at me telling me to get out of her shop and to never come back.  She then told her receptionist to call the police.  I was shocked.  I had never expected anyone to respond with that much anger.

Anyway, I am going to provide you with a few links to check out and become informed.  One is a young Christian woman, who started doing yoga with her mother when she was only seven years old.  Many years later, after her life was a mess, she finally called out to God for help.  Read here.

Why You Should Stay Away from Yoga

“These are postures that are offered to the 330 million Hindu gods. Yoga postures really are offerings to the gods. If you do these postures and you do this breathing technique and this meditation, then you will be accepted by a god, little “G.” That’s the real danger,”  more

Personal Result of Yoga – Awakening Kundalini
It may be true that the asanas (positions) and even perhaps the pranayama (breathing) can have health benefits, but the ultimate goal in yoga is something much more sinister. Very few Western yoga teachers actually touch upon this aspect of yoga – but according to the ancient texts, it is indeed the main aim – the asanas and the pranayama really intend to produce the awakening of what is known as “kundalini power”, which is taught as being a snake coiled around the base of the spine.

When this serpent is awakened, it will then move up through the body, through the “chakras” (the so-called life-force centres) and once it reaches the “crown chakra” (or the top of the head) it will explode into the so called “thousand-petalled lotus”.

This is when the danger really starts, and for many people from this point onwards it is almost impossible to return to any semblance of normality. The ancient texts actually include a warning about this, but most Western teachers are either ignorant of it, being too aware of the vast revenues that yoga can bring in, or are indeed themselves deceived and are willingly leading people down a very dangerous path.

Swiss occultist Carl Jung, in his book “The Collected Works of CG Jung” – termed it “a deliberately induced psychotic state”. Now, in most societies, deliberately inducing a psychotic state in oneself would lead to various sections of the Mental Health Act being quoted whilst having oneself bundled into a white van by some police officers.

I myself came very close to this stage. After I practiced yoga intensively (4-6 hours a day) for about a year, I began to be very depressed and nervous, but as I was unaware of the cause of this depression, I continued to use yoga as a way of filling my day.

One day, whilst being deep in pranayama and meditation, something in my mind exploded…

One day, whilst being deep in pranayama and meditation, something in my mind exploded, and my conscience turned white. Suddenly, there were beings dressed in white robes at my side (in the corner of my eye only, in my peripheral vision), telling me that they would guide me into a new life if I would only continue with my yoga.

I did not like that too much, and did not understand what was happening; neither had any of the books I had been reading mentioned anything about this manifestation, so I stopped. I was left in a sort of semi-aware state at that point (similar to the point one would reach just before or after the peak of an LSD trip), and I was also very much aware of what I could only describe as a rent in the fabric of this reality.

I went back into my asanas / pranayama the next day again, and within minutes these spiritual beings were back, with the same advice. They were insistent that I listen to them. There was a palpable anger now also given off by them, as I had consciously rejected them by stopping the day before.

I stopped again, and never returned to it. But I was always aware that these spirit-beings were angry with me, and I had no peace at all from then on. Only in drunken oblivion or drugs could I find any peace.  More here.

The vatican website has a very long article on the dangers of yoga and other new age methods.

Basic problem: new age is a false utopia

10. In conclusion, I would simply want to point out that the New Age Movement presents itself as a false utopia in order to respond to the human heart’s deep thirst for happiness, which is prey to the tragedy of existence and the discontentment of the deep unhappiness of modern happiness. The New Age Movement presents itself as a deceptive response to the most ancient hope of man: the hope of a New Era of peace, harmony, reconciliation with himself, others and nature. This hope, which is as ancient as humanity itself, is an appeal that bursts from the heart of people especially in times of crisis. The small document presented will help one to get a better understanding, to discern between things proposed and to raise in the Christian community a renewed commitment to proclaim Jesus Christ, the Bearer of Living Water. I look forward to the debate which our document will certainly spark; in the meantime, however, I sincerely thank the whole team of experts, especially Rev. Peter Fleetwood and Dr Teresa Osório Gonçalves, who have worked with energy and diligence in order to produce it.

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/interelg/documents/rc_pc_interelg_doc_20030203_press-conf-new-age_en.html

While the word “Yoga” isn’t mentioned in Scripture, the idea of yoking oneself to pagan gods and concepts is forbidden. (Leviticus 19:31 Deuteronomy 18:9 Hebrews 10:26-31, Acts 4:12, and this biggie: Joshua 23:16.)

Our bodies were created to be “a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God which is our spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1) and “true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father) seeks.” (John 4: 23) more

According to this Author, she  suggested the link below.

  1. YOGA IS ANYTHING BUT “HARMLESS STRETCHING”

2 Comments

  1. Dear Patty,
    “The Truth About Yoga” is a very good article. I have listened to and I have read all of the links attached… and beyond! It led me to links of other New Age related books including the popular, “Jesus Calling” and also, “God Calling”, of which I happen to have in my possession. “God Calling”, has been a favorite daily devotional of mine, but no longer! Into the garbage it goes.

    Thank you for shedding light on topics that appear to be one thing, but upon examining the spiritual root… are really quite another.

    God bless you, Patty and thank you for sharing this beautiful and well designed blog.

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