I was asked for my views on Yoga, specifically if it is harmful to the soul.
I was listening to a Christian radio station while driving to and fro during work, and they were talking about Yoga. It appears that Yoga, if practiced properly, is a demonic practice. The poses themselves allegedly open up the spiritual realm.
They likened it to using a Ouija board; the difference being that most people don’t know the spiritual effects of practicing Yoga, while most people know what they are doing when using a Ouija board.
Have you heard anything like that? It does make sense; if you practice anything that claims to be a religion that isn’t in alignment with Heavenly Father, could be perceived as demonic. Please let me know your thoughts.
My response: I think my first introduction to the topic of Yoga and a possible connection to dark spirits was a long dialog with an individual back in 2013 who mentioned the Kundalini awakening, something I had never studied. There was a lot of additional dialog that involved Howard, the reader who asked me about the Kundalini awakening, as well as my wife. You can read the public dialog on this post (click on the star)
I think Howard and I went back and forth for a few weeks but the dialog kind of petered out without either of us really persuading the other of the benefits or drawbacks of Yoga, Shamanism or the Kundalini awakening. While I am a proponent of meditation and have experienced what I consider to be revelation as a direct result of that meditation, I do not adhere to any of the Hindu beliefs or practices, especially in regards to opening the chakras to spiritual manifestations through Yoga.
To answer your question directly, I have read many posts on various Christian websites about Yoga being a gateway to demonic possession. My observation is that most people fall into two camps on this question. The first believe Yoga to be of the devil and therefor to be avoided at all costs. The second believe we should have an open mind and accept all truth no mater what the source. I lean more toward the second group but understand the concern expressed by those of the first.
If we act upon a belief that isn’t in alignment with Heavenly Father, the obvious answer is that we open ourselves up to deception. As far as branding Yoga as an evil practice, mainly because of the belief it invites evil or unclean spirits to share our physical tabernacles, I tend to shy away from such an absolute declaration. I know a lot of people who practice Yoga, mainly for the perceived physical benefit they enjoy. I do not practice Yoga, so my observations will lack any real authority.