Listen to this short CNN clip and compare the responses of Dr. John MacArthur's to emergent church pastor Doug Pagitt. Dr. MacArthur squarely and unashamedly states that Yoga is unbiblical. Period.
Pagitt says "And I’ll tell you that from my own experience, and the many, many people that I know who participate in yoga, none of them have ever found themselves to be opened up to something negative or something demonic or something evil."
Obviously Pagitt hasn't done his homework (or his theological work) to understand the very real negative symptoms surrounding yoga and other mystical meditative practices.
Read this article from the India Times describing the negative symptoms of Yoga:
"...a person may experience intense involuntary, jerking movements of the body, including shaking, vibrations, spasm and contraction. Some people find themselves performing yogic postures or hand mudra gestures, which they have never learned or could not do, in a normal state of consciousness. Unusual breathing patterns may appear with either very rapid or slow, shallow breathing. Some people may not breathe at all for extended periods. Symptoms include apparent heart problems, pains in head and spine, gastrointestinal disturbances and nervous problems."
Yoga OK For Christians? Of course, the more basic question is..."What is a Christian?"
Listen to this August 18th Olive Tree Ministries' interview of former new age spirit medium now Christian author Brian Flynn of One Truth Ministries and read his warning to the Church: Running Against The Wind
Not doing Yoga but practice Contemplative Prayer for Transformation, Labyrinth or Lectio Divina? Stop your mantra ( which means liberated from thought !) and read Flynn's articles.
And guess who's coming to dinner... North Carolina Baptist Convention Welcomes Yoga Emergent Guru Doug Pagitt The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina will be sponsoring a conference this fall featuring yoga proponent and emerging church leader Doug Pagitt. The Wired2Grow event will take place on October 16th in Burlington, North Carolina.
Listen to The Way of The Master Radio program regarding the CNN piece and Doug Pagitt's apparent disdain for Dr MacArthur's "perverted" gospel!
More mystical resources:
Yoga and The Body of Christ by Dave Hunt
Promising to bring peace, healing, and wholeness (even prosperity!) to its practitioners, readers will be shocked to discover that yoga is, in fact, based on the worship of (and prepares participants for supernatural connection with) unholy spirits that manifest in extraordinary and dangerous ways. The author-an avid promoter of biblically based physical, mental, and spiritual wholeness-distinguishes pure truth from popular belief in this revealing expose. Every Christian should be informed of the true origins and effects of the practice of yoga and its ungodly roots in Kundalini energy-which, literally defined, means an awakening of the "Serpent Power."