Exercise and meditation are OK. Yoga did not invent them, God did.
There’s been a lot of discussion regarding Yoga and if it’s something Christians should be doing. The general consensus is no. And it makes sense because Yoga literally means to yoke, and the body poses are dedicated to or inspired by fallen angels or demons who want to join you to them so they can control and ruin your life.
And the mantras should not be used, they are sounds made to summon dark forces.
The mudras (hand positions) are like gang signs for the devils and should be left alone.
But as satan loves to mix lies with some truth to rope us in, there are some parts of it that are ok because they existed before Yoga was developed. Believers are not limited in their God-given authority just because some people decided to highjack Yah’s things and make it theirs.
Here’s some food for thought.
1. Yah made exercise and it is good. The asanas (poses) were there before Yoga came into existence. So if the poses were at that time then dedicated to demons, it doesn’t trump the fact the poses were there before the dedication.
According to Wikipedia, an asana is “a body posture, originally and still a general term for a sitting meditation pose, and later extended in hatha yoga and modern yoga.” Meditation is a Christian practice, which other religions also use.
“Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
” I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.” (Psalm 77:12)
2. True Believers have power over the world (material things), through our life in Messiah.
” In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4)
3. “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)
In conclusion, Believers are called to walk in authority. Yah made all things and just because some things are captured by the enemy doesn’t give these things power over us. In fact, we must take back our territory.
For example, the rainbow was a sign of Yah’s covenant. Now it’s being used as a symbol by certain groups. Does this mean we must avoid all images of rainbows?