Is Yoga Safe for Christians?

In my previous posts, I examined whether yoga is safe from a physiological perspective (I think its purported safety is inconclusive), as well as from a mental health pespective (where there apears to be a connection between yoga and some symptoms of mental illness). On the latter, I noted that this is related to the Kundalini awakening associated with yoga.

Just to recap on what ‘Kundalini’ means:  in Hinduism, the Kundalini refers to the dormant spiritual power or energy that resides at the base of the tail bone. The base of the tail bone is believed to be the location of 1 of 7 energy centres (known as ‘chakras’) in the body.

The Kundalini is represented as a coil, or a snake, which will rise with the practice of yoga, and will pass through and activate 5 other energy centers, until reaching the last one (which is located on the top of the head), and at that point, full enlightenment happens.

In physical terms, the Kundalini experience is commonly reported as a feeling of electric current running along the spine (Wikipedia). Some people experience intense involuntary, jerking movements (known as ‘kriyas’) of the body. Unfortunately for others, their experience of Kundalini awakening is so disturbing that they require psychiatric attention (for details, please read my earlier post).

I personally know of Christians who practice yoga, percieving it to be merely a form of exercise to keep fit. However, what they seem oblivious to are its spiritual dangers, particularly, how it opens a doorway to the entry of a Kundalini spirit.

Pohshon Choy, who was a yoga instructor and who opened her own yoga centre in Singapore in the 80s, wrote in her book ‘Confessions of an Ex-Yoga Teacher: . . . And What They Don’t Reveal to You in Yoga Classes‘: “In my yoga classes, I would introduce the ‘Kundalini’ spirit’ to my students, because the Kundalini (snake) spirit is central to yoga and you can never sever the ties that bind the spirit and the yoga poses. Every yoga pose is meant to stimulate or awaken the Kundalini.”

She adds: “Many of the non-Hindu yoga teachers these days do not or have not even heard of the Kundalini spirit! So just because now they (the teachers) do not mention about the Spirit of the Snake, the students are led to believe they are merely doing ‘physical’ exercises, and have nothing to do with meditation or the spiritual aspect of yoga. Be informed that the moment you start on the yoga poses, you have opened your spiritual doorway to the Spirit of the Snake.

In 1992, during a Christian evangelistic and healing outreach, Choy witnessed a Kundalini spirit being expelled from a lady, who had also been a yoga practitioner. After being prayed for, this lady started writhing uncontrollably on the floor like a snake. The incident so affected Choy that she severed all ties with yoga, including throwing away all of her yoga books, which had cost hundreds of dollars.

Given the risk of opening their souls to the entry of a demonic spirit, I think that Christians should refrain from yoga. Indeed, the scripture (2 Corinthians 6:14-18; NIV) tells us:

14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God,  and they will be my people.”

17 Therefore,

“Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”

18 And,

“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

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