What brought this back to my mind was the strong response from Hindu's to Playboy's release of a nude yoga DVD. Now I am against such a DVD for the obvious reasons, and am no fan of Playboy and their exploitation of both women and men, but I am surprised that something so clear to Hindu's (and many others), that is, that yoga is a religious practice, can be missed by so many Christians. Lets get real here people, if you are a Christian holding Jesus as your Lord and Savior, there is not really a middle ground. As we find in 2 Corithians:
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,
“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, 18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”
2 Cor 6:14-18 (ESV)There is no place for the practices of a false religion and Christian practice. If you do the moves of yoga without that, stop calling it yoga, because it isn't. If you are doing yoga to get spiritual clarity, realize you are trying to mix light and darkness, Christ with Belial, belief with unbelief, the temple of God with the temple of idols. Stop it! There is no place for this, instead seek to build yourself up Spiritually as God has directed in the Bible.