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    One of the first articles I wrote for the blog that I have yet to publish was about yoga. I have even fewer readers than you with my non-existent blog, just to put things in perspective for you.

    I believe that Pope Benedict XVI, when he was Cardinal Ratzinger, was correct. The main threat of yoga is its emphasis on the religion of the body. Attaining the perfect yoga body, perfect form, etc.

    People get mixed up when they attach spiritual signficance to normal, easily explainable bodily functions and changes. Stretching and breathing slowly were created and fully sanctioned by God. Listening to Hare Krishna chanting music is not, but then THAT is why I fell out of pose laughing at the Y – because I had just explained how it is all instrumental or Christian music to someone. I didn’t take out any little old ladies though! I didn’t sign-up for the next session though, either.


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    When I heard that on the WHAS this morning I kinda wanted to punch someone, so maybe I need a little yoga myself.

    And then my very next thought was how pope/catholic of you Mr. Mohler, tellin’ me all what “good” christians do…are we starting confession next week…

    and then I remembered I was a heathen Methodist who is probably going to hell anyway, so I may as well go with a tiny butt by doing yoga! 😉

  3. Kat French

    Kimberly – First step to getting blog comments is hitting “publish.” Just saying. 😉 And you have a very good thought there on the idea of the spiritual dangers of perfectionism, which is something that expands far beyond yoga.

    In my opinion, that’s an interesting and enriching conversation… how is my pursuit of a perfect body/[fill in the blank] becoming an idol? Put in those terms, we can have a really good, productive conversation.

    I can blow off a statement like “yoga is not compatible with Christianity” because it’s laughable as a blanket, generic, boogeyman-waiting-to-steal-your-soul warning. And because I’ve blown off the cartoon caricature version, I may miss the real and relevant warning: perfectionism and extreme focus on the body can become an idol.

    There’s also a larger (and way more interesting, IMO) conversation in here about how the joy of knowing Christ compares to the joy of a perfect tree pose. But it’s too long for this comment. 🙂

    Molly – I think my reaction was to want to bang my head against my desk.

    Also, if I ever did leave my current church, I would probably attend the “heathen Methodist” church two blocks from my house. They’re the people that seem most committed to the long, slow obedient work of transforming my tiny little town with the love of God.

    Chris and I have decided that the unofficial motto of the Methodist church is “There’s no town too small for a United Methodist church.”


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    Well said Kat! So many times people believe what this group or that group say is Christianity rather than how God defines it.

    When in doubt, Micah 6:8. To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

  5. Kat French

    Tre: Thanks for the comment! Micah 6:8 is one of my favorite verses. Packs a lot of punch into just a few words.


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