No Yoga for Christians

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Friday, October 8, 2010 - 4:04pm

Southern Baptist theologian calls on Christians to avoid yoga, saying it's not a "pathway to God".

A Southern Baptist theologian is calling on Christians to forego yoga.

Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler says the stretching and meditative discipline derived from Eastern religions is not a Christian pathway to God.

Mohler said he objects to "the idea that the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine."

Joan Goldsmith of Jacksonville, Florida is a Christian and a yoga participant for 9 years.

"The Bible says your body is a temple of God. You should exercise and keep it looking good. God is a part of my whole day, he's everywhere, I do everything with him looking over me I hope. I see no contradiction at all," said Goldsmith.

Alyson Foreacre is a yoga instructor.

She says if you choose to make it a spiritual practice then it is up to you.

"Teachers are not guiding people away from spiritual faith, that is absolutely not the case and I have been in thousands of classes," said Foreacre. "It has given me a greater sense of faith by far and I have seen it over and over again on the floor. I know if it can help me it can help anyone."
 

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