“Some questions we ask today would simply baffle our ancestors,” notes theologian Albert Mohler. Once such question is whether Christians should practice yoga :
When Christians ask whether believers should practice yoga, they are asking a question that betrays the strangeness of our current cultural moment a time in which yoga seems almost mainstream in America.
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To a remarkable degree, the growing acceptance of yoga points to the retreat of biblical Christianity in the culture. Yoga begins and ends with an understanding of the body that is, to say the very least, at odds with the Christian understanding. Christians are not called to empty the mind or to see the human body as a means of connecting to and coming to know the divine. Believers are called to meditate upon the Word of God an external Word that comes to us by divine revelation not to meditate by means of incomprehensible syllables.
Nevertheless, a significant number of American Christians either experiment with yoga or become adherents of some yoga discipline. Most seem unaware that yoga cannot be neatly separated into physical and spiritual dimensions. The physical is the spiritual in yoga, and the exercises and disciplines of yoga are meant to connect with the divine.