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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Mutually exclusive?

While I wait for a plumber (long story *sigh*) I've been thinking about the practice of yoga, and its possible disagreements with Christianity. For the last couple weeks, I've been taking a yoga class to help with the severe lower back pain issues I've been experiencing, issues that my chiropractor has not been able to completely resolve.

If you Google for yoga and christianity, you get several results on both sides of the fence. On the negative, we have this article from Got Questions? -- which has a valid reasoning but not enough explanation behind it. Specifically, I believe that one can focus on God's power within oneself and come to a higher spiritual relationship with God without focusing on self. Most of the negative articles on yoga and Christianity focus on this same concept, along with noting that yoga was developed as part of the Hindu "rituals" as worship for their gods or other meditations.

On the positive, I did not see many online articles, unfortunately, but there are several books published on the subject, most of which bring up my point of contention, which is that you can focus on God within yourself and therefore make your yogic practice God-centered and not self-centered.

One thing I have found myself doing is replying "Peace be with you" to the closing "Namaste" (which is used by most of the teachers at the yoga studio I attend). "Namaste" is a greeting which means approximately "I bow to the divine in you". While I do believe we are all saints and sinners, I haven't yet come to terms with this usage, as it seems as though we are trying to elevate ourselves to divinity.

Another thing I do (and this may be just because music is so integral to my life) is to find myself mentally singing an arrangement of the Lord's Prayer or some other chant or hymn -- most often the Lord's Prayer as composed by James Lee Stanley.

So, am I wrong to still use yoga as a healing tool as well as to meditate on my own faith? I don't know, but I will certainly pray about it.


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