Have you ever wanted to find an answer to a question, and all of your research left you thoroughly frustrated ?
I was alarmed when I passed a large Catholic Church in the city with a billboard announcing
“Christian Yoga Classes” ! This perplexed me, since I thought that yoga was a Hindu spiritual practise.
My research revealed that ‘experts ‘ are divided into two groups. There are those who loudly proclaim that Christians should not practise yoga, since the poses, or asanas, are essentially designed to worship Hindu gods. For example, the ‘Sun Salutation’ is designed to show honour to the Hindu sun god.
The other group of experts maintain that, sure go ahead, practise yoga, as long as you are only doing it
‘for the exercise’ ! Is this confusing, or what ?
Here, by the sea, I practise ‘Un-Yoga’. I do use a yoga mat, and wear yoga pants for comfort, and I do a series of stretches in the evening. This exercise helps me to sleep well. In addition, regular moderate stretching helps to tone the muscles and assists in maintaining over-all fitness and well-being.
However, I have to be very careful not to contort my body into any poses named after cats, cobras, trees, etc., since I would not want want to be accidently worshipping any Hindu deities !
The Lord loves us unconditionally. He is not watching us to see when we might trip up, or make a mistake.
Nevertheless, because we love Him, we are careful not to do things to offend him.
I continue to practise Un-Yoga, and realize that the Yoga craze, which has gone viral for sure, is a source of confusion for many.