Teen’s Blog JF10 – Help! I need your thoughts! Is YOGA bad for a Christian?

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So this week, I will take on a different route with my post. And I hope that you share me your thoughts about this predicament of mine.

Almost 3 months ago, the doctor found out I was suffering from hormonal imbalance. I am believed to be pre-diabetic at 26. I have a sweet tooth all my life and since diabetes runs in the family, I shouldn’t have been surprised but I am. I am young to be pre-diabetic! (Talk about pride) Although the diagnosis somehow left me shocked, the condition opened me up to so many realizations. For the past 16 years, I had poor dietary choices and a sedentary lifestyle. That, along with a few big stressful situations from the past months has led to this challenging health problem. Despite that, God is good to give me the opportunity to choose and do better this time.  I am determined to make the necessary lifestyle and diet changes to help my body recover.

And with that, my dilemma is about the practice of yoga. I started doing yoga about a few years ago -on and off. I have always struggled with weight loss. Well honestly, I never for once considered my weight to be a problem. I felt happy and confident even with a few extra pounds around. According to my BMI result, I am about 2-3 above what is considered in the normal weight.  But this time, I know that my lack of responsibility is my greatest enemy to date. Anyway, about a month ago, I did start practicing yoga again.

To make the long story short, I am seeing a lot of changes in myself -better sleep, more relaxed, more flexible and stronger in my body overall. However, I have listened to podcasts and read articles that say that yoga should not be practiced by Christians. Since yoga is from the Hindu faith, the practice is believed to be a form of worship to connect with the false gods or a form of emptying oneself to attain a higher level of humanity.

While I am with the practice solely for the fact that it helps me in my weight loss goals, let me be clear that I don’t do any mantras. I do power yoga which I find enjoyable, challenging and rewarding at the same time. Doing an exercise that I can do everyday even for 10-15 minutes helps me be more consistent and committed to my goals. I try HIIT as well and do it a few times a week. I have been praying about this and asking God for wisdom. It came to me to write this post this week to get my fellow Christians’ insights. I know I have so much to learn and my understanding of things in the faith haven’t even surpassed an inch in comparison to my other sisters and brothers’ knowledge and wisdom. Thank you in advance! 🙂

What are your thoughts? Should Christians refrain from practicing yoga? I remember Paul saying that he will refrain from eating meat if that will cause his brother of weaker faith to stumble (1 Corinthians 8:13). If so, I will not hesitate to find something else that can work for me. I believe that as a Christian, being accountable to the faith and to other believers and non-believers alike should be my priority. In everything, I know I have to consider if what I do will benefit not only me but also the people around me.

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6 Responses to Teen’s Blog JF10 – Help! I need your thoughts! Is YOGA bad for a Christian?

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Here are the dangers of yoga

    http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/whole-life/features/23243-is-it-okay-for-christians-to-do-yoga

    To be forewarned is to be forearmed. I would walk as far as possible from things that appeal but in truth distract me from my Lord I would ask the Lord to Open the eyes of my heart that I might see Him who loved me, high and lifted up … In my life.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Here’s a Christian alternative for you

    We offer you a Christ-centered ALTERNATIVE to Yoga, focusing on the Word of the living God. The exercise is the “witty invention” to get you more into the Word of God–and to get more of the Word of God into you!!!

    http://praisemoves.com/

    • theSchist14 says:

      True that Evelyn! Thanks for your wisdom. 🙂

      • ptl2010 says:

        You are the wise one Jinah, because you asked and did not swallow hook, line and sinker. The Lord lead you in paths of righteousness and bless you richly with healing and good health. Praying for you each day. .

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Hi Jinah, this is one testimony you must not miss – is yoga safe for a Christian?

    • theSchist14 says:

      thanks for the video evelyn! I’m just thankful that the Lord allowed me to meet people like you and this community. I will continue to pray for guidance for sure. Thanks for the prayers! I truly appreciate it and doing likewise! ^_^.

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