Since Christianity is
exclusive, opening our minds to receive more spirits
is unacceptable. Yoga is not prayer.
The attempt to Christianize Hindu and Buddhist practices: http://onetruthministries.com/Christianzingpaganpractices.htmAn alternative to yoga was developed by a Yoga instructor who became a Christian:
According to The Yoga Tradition by Georg Feuerstein: "Some scholars have suggested that Yoga grew directly out of Shamanism, but this is difficult to prove. While Yoga contains shamanic elements, it absorbed many other teachings as well. According to Michael Harner, the transition from Shamanism to Yoga occurred at the time of the early city states to the East, when shamans were suppressed by the representatives of the official religion. In order to avoid detection, they had to cease drumming loudly and instead elaborated quiet methods of altering consciousness. Out of this, in Harner's reconstruction of ancient history, evolved the tradition of Yoga." This is why Yoga is used with several demon-based religions.
Hinduism, the biggest user of Yoga
The eight stages into Hinduism are, in order, the yamas (restrictions), niyamas (observances), asanas (postures), pranayama (breath work), pratyahara (sense withdrawal or non-attachment), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (realization of the true Self or Atman, and unity with Brahman (The Hindu Concept of God)).
The ten moral codes. They are basically doing no harm, eating a vegetarian diet, being compassionate and cleansing crying for sorrow. There's nothing positive or negative about these.
The ten positive codes. These almost parallel Christian ethics, except for the wrong god. There is a lot of control given to the guru. There is the chanting of mantras to open your natural defenses. There is exposing your body to extremes to subdue it.
The Asanas (Postures)
Each of the poses in Yoga have religious and spiritual significance. Each of the poses have a blessing attached. They were created by Hindu priests as a means of dispelling Karma and becoming "one" with the Hindu god, Brahman. Again, unfortunately, Brahman doesn't exist. This is a Satanic idea, just as much as carrying a rabbit's foot for good luck. Demonic blessing is counter to God's blessing.
Yoga is not exercise: http://www.yogapoint.com/info/articles.htm
Yoga poses are demon inspired. It was created with demonic inspiration.
http://www.fitnessmba.com/yoga.html summary & links on yoga
Drawing Prana through breath procedures
Breathing practices of Yoga are supposedly a means of drawing power from "Prana," ALL or Brahman to control mind and body. Since there isn't a "Brahman", the "power" is coming from beings called demons. There is no control over what demon is received. Fortunately, they can all be cast out by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
This practice comes from demonic advice and therefore opens a demonic permission. This can be dealt with by confession of sin, renunciation and absolution.
Controlling "Prana" through breath exercises: http://www.yoga-age.com/modern/kun6.html
The Withdrawal of Mind or 'Mano pratyahara', is practiced by consciously withdrawing attention from anything that is unwholesome, and distracting for the mind such as by withdrawing attention from the senses, and directing it inwards. Shutting down the physical senses involves self-hypnosis.
The meditator is not aware that s/he is meditating but is only aware that s/he exists (consciousness of being), and aware of the object of meditation. The mind is brought to a halt. This is deep self-hypnosis. The natural barrier of the soul is completely down. This is considered to be an instrument to gain self knowledge, separating mind from reality to help attain the ultimate goal of "oneness." The source of the "self" knowledge is demonic.
The Meditation of Dhyana
Yoga is a meditative behavior. The meditation is done for gaining union between man and humanity (as an entity); between his lower self and the higher "self" (that is one with the whole); between themselves and Brahman (the whole); and the union of all existence in Brahman. This is what is meant by Yoga. Each of these aspects of the "union" are to bring you to the Hindu theology that "ALL is one and one is ALL."
The logical consequences of this theology are:
The spiritual consequences of this behavior are these:
mind-blanking meditation http://www.yogasite.com/meditation.htm
The religious nature of Yoga http://www.arcapologetics.org/articles/article14.htm
The knowledge of ‘I am’, this consciousness, which is sitting in meditation and is meditating on itself. The person becomes aware of their godhood (within the confines of their own minds). Insanity is complete. The perfection of yoga system means when you are in samadhi, always thinking of the Vishnu form of deity within your heart, without being disturbed. Delusion of grandeur.
The Christian church is being seduced by this religion from the worldly culture we live in. No defenses or warnings are being offered from the pulpits. Hindu evangelism like this is unopposed.
How to evangelize yogi's: http://www.christiananswers.net/evangelism/beliefs/hinduism.html
For further information see: http://www.watchman.org/na/yogareligion.htm
Warning to Humanists
Because your religion doesn't believe in the supernatural, metaphysical or mystical (whatever you want to call it), you are still not safe to practice it. Your mind is subtly altered in ways; others may be the only ones who see it. This means your identity is becoming different. You are blithely experimenting with your "self" at a profound level. "You" are being diminished.