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.