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Why Yoga in the Public Schools and Not Christian Prayer?

I guess the first thing to define exactly what Yoga is? The definition that I found on Wikipedia says” It is an Eastern Philosophy, based on Metaphysical beliefs” The goal of the Yoga participant is to “attain a state of Spiritual Perfection and Insight, while Meditating on the Hindu concept of Divinity or Brahman. It is associative with Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism.

There are three types of Yoga. The Meditative by repeating the divine name. Breathing exercises, and of course putting your body into contorted and sometimes painful positions. The Meditative type that is being introduced into Public Schools is by definition helping practitioners “attain a path to salvation”. So by definition Yoga is Religious in nature.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe the stretching/physical fitness side of it has its benefits, but it goes deeper than that;
Dave Hunt, the Author of “Yoga and the Body of Christ; What Position Should Christians Hold”, explains, “It’s pretty simple; Yoga is a Religious Practice in Hinduism”. He goes on to state, “It’s the way to reach enlightenment, to bring it to the West and bill it as a scientific practice for physical fitness is just dishonest”. Hunt who is against any form of Religion at all being in schools also said, “I’ve talked to many people who got hooked on the spiritual deception of Yoga. They come to believe in this and become enamored with the Hinduism or Eastern Mysticism.”

My question is this: Why is Christian Prayer not allowed but Yoga is being introduced and accepted as a deterrent to the so-called obesity epidemic in our schools? In Canada it is now becoming a part of regular curriculum.

The Christian position should be clear. Yoga is an Antichristian religion that should NOT be brought into schools and we should as Christians question the motives. Here is what God has to say about it;

We are not saved by works but by Jesus:

John 14: 6, 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me”. Jesus is the only way to Salvation!

Christians are to be different in this World:

Romans 12: 1-2, 1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Christians are to meditate only on God’s word:

Phil 4: 8, “8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Psalms 119: 27, “27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts, So I will meditate on Your wonders.”

God Bless!

Brian Mason

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2 responses to “Why Yoga in the Public Schools and Not Christian Prayer?

  1. ” I would also support the continuance of Christian prayers as long as whoever led them had read Evagrios and St. Anthony beforehand, so they don’t confuse it with selfish petitions sent to an objective external God” How about the Gospel of Jesus?

  2. guymax ⋅

    My two pence. I would support the introduction of Yoga in schools on the condition that anybody who taught it had read the yoga sutras of Patanjali beforehand, so that they don’t confuse it with keep-fit classes and have some understanding of its true function and purpose. I would also support the continuance of Christian prayers as long as whoever led them had read Evagrios and St. Anthony beforehand, so they don’t confuse it with selfish petitions sent to an objective external God. Someone like Hunt will be against both. I would disagree, but at least his opposition to religion is consistent.

    My own view is that to exclude religion from schools is to dumb down education to basic training for work. It seems to have had the effect of leaving today’s professional scientists and philosophers with, on average, almost no understanding of religion, prayer or yoga.

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