As we move closer to Yahshua’s return there is a heightened sense of urgency to get our lives in order.
At least this is what we hope happens when you love your Savior and The Heavenly Father.
Some in our faith are not quite at this level of understanding, they are engaging with this world in a profound way which keeps them open to the wrong kind of influence.The deception of yoga may be part of the “Great Falling Away” spoken of in Scripture (2 Thes 2:3).

The focus of this article will be “Exposing Yoga and Other New Age Religions.”

Did you know Yoga is a religion? Yes, this religion also includes stretching and relaxing meditation but it is nonetheless an ancient religion.
This is a direct snippet of the definition of Yoga borrowed from Webster’s New World Dictionary:

 


HISTORY OF YOGA
Yoga is one of the oldest religions known to man that is still practiced today. Yogabasics.com claims it has four periods of practice in its some 5,000 years of existence.


Pre-Classical Yoga (approx 5,000 years ago):

Historians believe pre-classical yoga was created by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India. The word Yoga was supposedly mentioned in the oldest text called the Rig Veda. The Vedas were collections of songs, mantras and rituals by the Brahmans, the Vedic Priests. The Brahmans and Rishis (mystic seers) documented their practices in the Upanishads, a work of over 200 writings. These teachings promoted the idea of ritual sacrifice and sacrifice of the ego through self-knowledge, action (karma yoga) and wisdom (jnana yoga)

Classical Yoga Period:

This period is defined by Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the first systematic presentation of Yoga and describes the path of Raja Yoga. This is the appearance of the eight-limbed path containing steps and stages towards Samadhi or enlightenment. Here is a picture of the eight. Please research each for more info.

Post Classical Yoga Period:

In this period it has been said that a re-invention of the religion takes place with radical techniques to cleanse the body and mind and to break the knots that bind to their physical existence. The physical-spiritual connections and body centered practices that those in the West know as Hatha Yoga.

Modern Period:

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Yoga masters began traveling to the West. The first of these yoga masters was Swami Vivekanada whogave at lecture at the 1893 Parliament of Religions in Chicago. Following the lecture, T. Krishnamacharya opened the first Hatha Yoga School in Mysore, India in 1924 and Swami opened the Divine Life Society in 1936. In the West, a woman named Indra Devi, who was highly influenced by T. Krishnamacharya, opened a Yoga Studio in Hollywood around 1947 which was devoted to Hatha Yoga.

YOGA IS A PAGAN RELIGION
In these next paragraphs and headings we will inform the reader to why Yoga is so destructive to the participant being as yoga is a religion hidden in the form of exercise and breathing techniques.

Brahman Consciousness:

This excerpt is directly from Atmavedi.org. It is a site that informs and sells crystals to Yoga and New Age seekers:

“Brahman Consciousness represents the highest ideal for a human life achievement. Brahman Consciousness is that state of consciousness which resonates in complete harmony with the vast consciousness of the Creator, Lord Brahma. One who lives in Brahman Consciousness is literally the Divine incarnate, always acting in perfect accord with all the Laws of Nature and radiating a life supporting and uplifting influence to everyone he or she contacts. In Brahman Consciousness the individual mind is completely absorbed into the Mind of Lord Brahma, like a tiny bubble floating within a vast calm lake. Inside the bubble resides the completely crystal clear ego of the person in Brahman Consciousness. He or she can appreciate without restriction the entire range of intelligence and knowledge that is contained in the Mind of Lord Brahma. Anything may be known to him and will be known by him at the exact appropriate time.”


This is from Yogapedia and actually contradicts the first reference but adds their spin on Brahman Consciousness:


“The Upanishads, Sanskrit texts from the Vedic era, define brahman as satyam jnanam anantam brahma. Satyam means "that which never changes," jnanam means "knowledge," and anantam means "infinity."


Brahman is the essence of all that can be experienced but not seen, including the soul and the truth. It is also the cosmic soul. Every living being on earth comes from this cosmic soul and, as such, there is no spiritual distinction between people around the world. Brahman is the source of all reality and the grounding sustenance of all reality.”
Paul Jakob Deussen, a Sanskrit scholar from Germany who was a friend of Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda, describes brahman as being the "creative principle" that is manifested in the whole world.
Yoga, as a spiritual discipline, helps the practitioner to understand and experience brahman. Yoga helps one master the senses and ultimately the mind, thereby bringing the Self closer to brahman, the spiritual source.
Brahman does not refer to the Hindu god Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. Nor does it refer to Brahmin, a class that is a part of the caste system as described in the Upanishads.

Kundalini Yoga:

Many of the Yoga Centers in the West practice this type of Yoga whether they know it or not. Here is a explanation of what it is this most destructive form is and what takes place. If you have observed Yoga classes or participated in them you may understand now what was going on. This excerpt was borrowed from Livestrong.com:
““The word "yoga," however, means "union" {Some Yoga Masters actually call it “Union with God”} and historically it suggests a path to higher consciousness. That path can be physical, mental or both -- as in the case of Kundalini Yoga. As its name suggests, this form of yoga works with the Kundalini (also called Shakti) which is the primal creative energy that animates life. In its ordinary form, Kundalini pervades the body; it's the life force. But at the base of the spine, in the sacrum, there's a what you might call a well of dormant Kundalini energy that's said to resemble a snake coiled around itself three and a half times. This energy represents the full potential of human awareness and it's this coil of energy that is unleashed when the Kundalini is awakened. This can happen in a number of ways, including by doing asanas, chanting or by meditating. In some cases the awakening can happen spontaneously, such as when someone comes into contact with the right Kundalini master or has a near-death experience. When the Kundalini is freed, it rushes up to the brain through the a hollow tube in the spinal cord called the Sushumna. On its way to the brain, according to Swami Vivekananda in his book "Raja Yoga," the energy unlocks layer after layer of the mind, freeing it from its past negative karma, resulting in beautiful visions and many powers over mind and matter. Ultimately, the yogi is freed from the bondage of his ordinary earthly identity and achieves Samadhi, complete union with the divine consciousness. Too much Kundalini awakening too fast is not without peril. Problems can arise when Kundalini energy is diverted into the side channels that flank the spinal cord -- known as the ida and pingala. This phenomenon is sometimes called a "spiritual emergency." Along with feelings of ecstasy and bliss, the yogi may experience a number of unpleasantly intense signs that include burning or even searing sensations, intense spasms, vibrating and jerking.” Uncontrollable emotions can arise so strongly, in fact, that the process can resemble a psychotic breakdown according to clinical psychologist Bonnie Greenwell in her book "Energies of Transformation." Some people who were abused as children may feel great fear as the awakening unlocks long-repressed memories of trauma or violation.”


Pranayama Breathing:

So subtle is this breathing technique to Westerners that at first glance it seems innocuous at best. According to the Yoga Journal the definition of the is word is such: “Prana means life force or breath sustaining the body; Ayama translates as "to extend or draw out." Together the two mean breath extension or control.”
Author of “The Truth About Yoga” and ex-Yoga instructor of 22 years, Dr. Laurette Willis claims that this type of breathing actually brings one OUT of underneath the Blood of Messiah. She also claims that Yoga and its stretching exercises are a “Offering” to one of the more than 330 million deities that exist in the Hindu religion.
She further claims that the Yoga process of “Emptying” one’s mind is in direct contradiction of the “Renewing” of one’s mind we find in the Inspired Word of Yahweh.
It is also important to mention that initially her family continued to attend “Christian” church services while being involved with Yoga classes on the side. However, eventually she turned to using crystals, Ouija boards, Edgar Cayce prophecies etc… Another quote that got my attention was from her: “We were not aware of the deception that is inherent within yoga and its connections to Hinduism. It seemed so spiritual, so it was fulfilling a void that was in our lives…”


NAMASTE, A WORD OF GREETING OR ENDING?


Many of the Yoga studios around the world practice a interesting way of ending their exercise and breathing sessions. When finished the instructor will bow and say this word “Namaste” to all the participants in the class. I borrowed the following explanation from Yogajournal.com, pay close attention to the “spiritual” aspect of this exchange:
The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.
To perform Namaste, we place the hands together at the heart chakra, close the eyes, and bow the head. It can also be done by placing the hands together in front of the third eye, bowing the head, and then bringing the hands down to the heart. This is an especially deep form of respect. Although in the West the word "namaste" is usually spoken in conjunction with the gesture, in India, it is understood that the gesture itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, it is unnecessary to say the word while bowing. We bring the hands together at the heart chakra to increase the flow of Divine love. Bowing the head and closing the eyes helps the mind surrender to the Divine in the heart. One can do Namaste to oneself as a meditation technique to go deeper inside the heart chakra; when done with someone else, it is also a beautiful, albeit quick, meditation. For a teacher and student, Namaste allows two individuals to come together energetically to a place of connection and timelessness, free from the bonds of ego-connection. If it is done with deep feeling in the heart and with the mind surrendered, a deep union of spirits can blossom.” End quote.

 

This exchange is not like the famous Hawaiian greeting “Aloha” or like the English greetings “Hello” or “Goodbye”. The Namaste is meant to invite spiritual connections to THEIR DIVINE GODS and to the “spirits” in each one of the participants, students and teachers.


YOGA POSES AND THEIR MEANINGS


The back stories behind some the Yoga stretching exercises called “Poses” are very revealing. You most likely won’t get this information from your local Yoga instructor and he or she may not want to tell you the religious aspect of the practice.


Warrior Pose:

The multiple forms of Warrior pose (there are three main poses and three other variations) are all derived from the ancient story of a warrior named Virabhadra, the son of Hindu god Shiva.
In the story, Shiva became angry and tore out a lock of his hair, throwing it on the ground. The hair turned into Virabhadra, an incredibly powerful warrior, who used righteous anger to defeat enemies. The Warrior poses are different embodiments of this powerful warrior. They are meant to symbolize the overcoming of the ego and ignorance.
Corpse Pose:

Savasana, or Corpse pose, is usually the last pose in a yoga class. It's a relaxation pose, performed while lying on your back on your mat. This pose is meant to mimic death to help you prepare. It's important to remember that the yogic version of death is different from the view held in the West. Death is seen as the highest moment of life, which is why it is important to prepare for it.
Cobra Pose:

The cobra moves with its belly on the ground but must reach up to see clearly, much as we are often kept busy with worldly pursuits and have to make an effort to reach for higher goals. It takes faith and courage to rise above the material world and peer into the unknown spiritual world. Once the upper body is poised above the ground in Cobra Pose, we must accept whatever it is we see from this new vista. The lower back is consciously relaxed while the eyes remain focused on heaven.

The cobra’s ferocious nature cannot be ignored. It comes up sud­denly and with deadly force, much like the workings of nature or the trappings of the world. The cobra’s gift is in its ability to shed its skin. It is this shedding of skin that allows the cobra to continually transform and renew itself.

The very nature of life involves frequent shift and change. How do you feel about change and transformation? How do you feel about death? Many people are afraid to die, yet this fear prevents us from fully living. The archetype of the cobra inspires us to see the possibilities in­herent in every situation, accept whatever challenges we may be facing, and embrace all stages of life.

 

SUMMARY:
In this article we have proven our point, Yoga is not just a benign exercise or breathing technique. It is not a way of enhancing your Scriptural Spiritual (Ruach Ha Kodesh) well being. Although you may feel peaceful after doing Yoga, as Dr. Laurette Willis (ex-Yoga instructor for 22 years) says “We were not aware of the deception that is inherent within yoga and its connections to Hinduism. It seemed so spiritual, so it was fulfilling a void that was in our lives…”
There are many exercises that Bible Believers can participate in that will have positive effects for you and your family, lets seek after what is good and true according to Yahweh’s Word. Let’s leave behind the ways of the world and pagan religions even and especially when they are as subtle as New Age practices. Avoid “Spiritualism” unless is is in direct connection with the Ruach Ha Kodesh (Yahweh Elohim’s Set-Apart Gift to us).

 

Biblical References against this “Spiritualism”:

 

Exo 20:3 “You have no other mighty ones against My face.
Exo 20:4 “You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth,
Exo 20:5 you do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, יהוה your Elohim am a jealous Ěl, visiting the crookedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

Deu 18:9 “When you come into the land which יהוה your Elohim is giving you, do not learn to do according to the abominations of those gentiles.
Deu 18:10 “Let no one be found among you who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practises divination, or a user of magic, or one who interprets omens or a sorcerer,
Deu 18:11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
Deu 18:12 “For whoever does these are an abomination to יהוה, and because of these abominations יהוה your Elohim drives them out from before you.
Deu 18:13 “Be perfect before יהוה your Elohim,

Act 19:18 And many who had believed came confessing and declaring their deeds.
Act 19:19 And many of those who had practised magic brought their books together, burning them before all. And they reckoned up the value of them, and found it to be fifty thousand pieces of silver.
Act 19:20 So the word of the Master was growing mightily and prevailing.
Isa 47:11 “But evil shall come upon you, you not knowing from where it arises, and trouble fall upon you, you being unable to put it off, and ruin come upon you suddenly, which you know not.
Isa 47:12 “Stand now with your potent spells and your many witchcrafts, in which you have laboured from your youth, if so be you are able to profit, if so be you find strength.
Isa 47:13 “You are exhausted by your many counsels; let the astrologers, the stargazers, and those who prognosticate by the new moons stand up and save you from what is coming upon you.
Isa 47:14 “See, they shall be as stubble, fire shall burn them, they do not deliver themselves from the power of the flame, there is not a coal to be warmed by, nor a fire to sit before it!
Jer 27:9 ‘So do not listen to your prophets, or to your diviners, or to your dreamers, or to your observers of clouds, or your sorcerers, who speak to you, saying, “Do not serve the sovereign of Baḇel.”
Jer 27:10 ‘For they are prophesying falsehood to you, to remove you far from your land. And I shall drive you out, and you shall perish.

 

-Shalom