Exercising with the Bible

  • Article by: JEFF STRICKLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 8, 2011 - 10:49 AM

Christian-based yoga is booming, especially in Minnesota.

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elementxJun. 4, 11 2:14 PM

Christians taking practices from other cultures and incorporating them in their system? Same thing happened with all the Pagan holidays which Christians claimed for their own as they brainwashed the masses.

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zyxwvuJun. 4, 11 2:49 PM

If Christianity can't stand on its own, stop trying to assimilate practices of theologies that are not even close. Oh well, old habits die hard.....

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carolsuecainJun. 4, 11 4:19 PM

No one owns God. We all seek practices that enrich our spirit and help connect us to the Divine. To seek God in centered movement, breath, and prayer is not new to (or owned by) any religion. I support all who seek love and peace...Quieting our bodies and minds is a good start. ps. Please do not mistake "religion" with "cultural tradition". There is no monolithic "Christianity".

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tostenJun. 5, 11 5:47 AM

Yoga can be easily practiced without chanting sanskrit and turning it into a religious practice. It doesn't need a Christian element either. One doesn't need Christian Yoga any more than one needs to consult the Dali Lama to do weight lifting. I get weary of people simplifying Christianity into a series of paranoid reactions. They reduce an ancient and deep experience to mere justification for lack of real understanding. That invites the kind of resentful reactions that many of the posters exhibit.

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RanickJun. 5, 11 7:07 AM

How about starting a group called the Holy Rollers? Bicycling for God.

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BobtheguyJun. 5, 11 8:21 AM

Yoga is wonderful exercise. Many exercise and therapy routines include yoga movements but don't mention that yoga is the source of the movement or posture. My guess is that some of the naysayers have done some yoga in their exercise classes and don't even know it. It is no more religious than kung fu or karate, which have spiritual or mystical elements or roots, but are practiced for exercise and fitness by millions of Christians without degrading or polluting their theology.

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derogatoryJun. 5, 11 9:50 AM

I Yoga in the name of the lord! Too funny!

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palsarJun. 5, 1111:29 AM

C'mon people, stretch for God! Everybody knows real salvation starts with stretching. Hate to pull a muscle on the way to meet the Maker!

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denisjahJun. 5, 11 2:20 PM

I am sure these are all lovely people, but I think they need to look at the New Testament. The word "Christian" does not appear. Nor is there a hint of the elitism and exclusionary approach that differentiating a common thing as yoga as "Christian Yoga" suggests. Yoga is yoga. Identity ideologies are all a little neurotic.

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viking53Jun. 5, 11 2:39 PM

At best, I'm skeptical. At worst, I'm skeptical. I've never heard of this before. This sounds to me like it's something an evangelical christian would start. But with it being held at a Lutheran church, it makes me ask just what is going on here? It's certainly something worth looking into.

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