Welllllll… there’s at least 2 schools of thought on this… and a whole range in between. I’d like to supply some sites/quotes, for your perusal.
This one says IT’S FINE AND DANDY, especially in a new form, that of “Jesus Yoga!”
(QUOTES BELOW - have been copied directly from the site, so please do not blame me for any mis-spellings, of which there are many throughout this particular site)
*JESUS YOGA - The practice of prostration prayer is a very old and biblical form of prayer. It includes the whole body, breath and mind. Beside the spiritual benefit there is a huge health benefit too. To do a series of prostration includes also a a complete bodyworkout.
Jesus used this form of prayer:
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”< Mt 26,39
This is the form of prayer and communication that was already in use in Old Testament:
1 Moses 17,3 >Abram fell facedown, and God said to him,…<
1 Moses 17,17 >Abraham fell facedown;…<
Josua 4,14 >Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence,<
We can alsofind some discriptions about posture:
1 Kings 18 >Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees<
1 Samuel 20,41 >and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times<
4 Moses 16,22 >Moses and Aaron fell facedown and cried out, “O God, the God who gives breath to all living things,<
About the apearance of the glory of the Lord:
4 Moses,6 >Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them.<
… more can be found in Bible.*
… and… this one says HECK NO…
(SOME QUOTES FROM THE SITE)
*Christian Yoga? It’s a Stretch
There is nothing wrong with stretching, exercising, or regulating one’s stress through breathing. But when the tenets of yoga are included, it’s by definition a worship act to spirit beings other than the God of the Bible. By way of analogy, there is nothing inherently wrong with intimacy, sex, and pleasure. But when the tenets of adultery are included, it’s a sinfully idolatrous worship act. A faithful Christian can no more say they are practicing yoga for Jesus than they can say they are committing adultery for Jesus.
A little over a year ago, I said yoga was demonic. My stance hasn’t changed since then, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to provide a much fuller and comprehensive teaching on what yoga is and why it is in fact demonic.*
(QUOTE)For some Christians, Jesus is Lord and Guru -
Yoga’s Christian Army
In fact, by all appearances, the Christian yoga movement is growing, with groups like “Holy Yoga,” “Praise Moves,” and “Christoga” offering classes in all 50 states, and in various foreign countries, including Belgium, Germany, South Korea, and the Philippines. Holy Yoga, started in 2001, even has a nationwide teacher-training program, and its founder, Brook Boon, has authored two books, including Holy Yoga: Christian Exercise for the Body and Soul. She and “Praise Moves” founder Laurette Willis, who started her rival group in 2003, sell DVDs on their respective web sites and have posted a slew of free instructional yoga videos on You Tube.
All of this hoo-hah about Yoga - and the newly-developed hybridized branches - makes me wonder whether there would be similar issues with regard to T
ai Chi Chuan***** (martial art vs. moving meditation), Judo, Karate (a`la The Karate Kid series of movies with Mr. Miyagi, rest his soul), Pilates, etc., and any other form of physical exercise/dance,sports which may have at the core a “spiritual source” from years ago.
gotquestions.org/Tai-Chi-Christian.html - nope, it’s no good*****
forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=497748 - Karate is A-OK… or is it??
According to the link below: All Martial Arts “. . . are a form of fighting which combines physical techniques or movements with a pantheistic religious philosophy… . . The Bible does not specifically address karate or the martial arts, but it does warn us to avoid eastern philosophies and the pursuit of enlightenment apart from the one true God revealed in the Bible. . . .”