7 Dangers of Practicing Yoga


Is the phrase “Christian yoga” an oxymoron? Can Christians practice yoga without compromising their faith? What spiritual influence is behind this popular megatrend? The answers to these questions may shock you.

In 1970 I was a teacher of Kundalini Yoga at four universities in Florida, with over 300 students following my teachings. I also ran a yoga ashram—until an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ drastically changed my heart, life and worldview.

Breaking NewsSpirit-Filled Stories. Subscribe to Charisma on YouTube now!

Having experienced yoga in its depth firsthand, I urge Christians never to practice yoga because of the following seven reasons:

1. Spiritual foundation: Yoga is inextricably based on Hinduism. Two aspects of the simplest kind of yoga (asanas: physical exercises; and pranayama: breath work) are purported to be the third and fourth step of an eight-step discipline leading a participant to Samadhi (enlightenment; God-consciousness).

2. Spiritual perception: Yoga is part of a belief system that endorses ideas like pantheism, the concept that the universe is an emanation of God, so all things have a divine essence. That leads to self-deification: the idea that we are God—absolutely wrong.

3. Spiritual deception: There is a satanic influence behind the practice of yoga. The “power” unleashed through the practice of yoga is called the “kundalini” (meaning serpent power). Yet a serpent is a symbol of Satan (see Gen. 3; Rev. 12).

4. Spiritual transfer: Serious students of yoga usually desire something called shaktipat (a guru’s power to transmit a spiritual awakening of the kundalini). Yet this is nothing more than the transference of a demon spirit. It can result when the word “OM” is chanted, or by assuming various yoga postures that are dedicated to Hindu deities.

Get your FREE CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS today! Stay up-to-date with current issues, Holy Spirit news, Christian teachings, Charisma videos & more!

5. Spiritual intrigue: People who get involved in the basic physical exercises often get intrigued by the deeper philosophical aspects of yoga and end up being wooed away from the firm foundation of biblical revelation.

6. Spiritual endorsement: Even if a yoga class is seemingly benign with no spiritual emphasis and no Hindu trappings, and the teachers are Christian and Christian worship music is played, still, by participating in a yoga class, Christians are endorsing a non-Christian belief system. That is wrong and an insult to the Lord Jesus Christ.

7. Spiritual compromise: The word “yoga” means yoke, and by involvement, we are automatically being yoked together with nonbelievers. The Bible warns against that (2 Cor. 6:14-18). On the other hand, Jesus said, “Take My yoke upon you,” (Matt. 11:29).

This article is derived from Mike Shreve’s book, “7 Reasons I No Longer Practice Yoga.”

Join Charisma Magazine Online to follow everything the Holy Spirit is doing around the world!


More Spiritual Content
Donald Trump Releases Statement Following Assassination Attempt
BREAKING NEWS: Shots Fired at Trump Rally
Dream Center Co-Founder: God Uses ‘Rock Bottom’ Moments
This State Is Publicly Seeking God After Lawmakers Declared 31 Days of Prayer and Fasting
Avoiding Profanity
Top of the Week: Chuck Pierce Word: This Is What’s Coming the Next 3 Months
Robot Crowned in Historic Pageant
Baltimore Megachurch to Investigate Abuse Accusations
Dr. James Dobson Fires Off Scathing Letter to President Biden
5 Prophetic Power Points for the Coming Days
previous arrow
next arrow

Most Popular Posts

Latest Videos
48.9K Subscribers
763 Videos