Should a Believer practice Yoga?


Whether or not it is ok for Christ’s believers to be involved in Yoga is a topic that many believers disagree about. The purpose for this study is to analyze the origins of Yoga and to examine what the scriptures reveal about the subject. In order to understand the spiritual implications of practicing Yoga and the biblical reasons for staying away from Yoga, we first need to understand where Yoga originates from. Those who are believers that support the practice of Yoga for health and fitness say that they do not participate in the religious aspects of Yoga (i.e. the mental exercises), but is it really possible to separate the religious nature of Yoga from its physical practice, as claimed? I propose that when a believer participates in the Yoga exercises one is placing one’s self into spiritual bondage. This type of bondage may not be apparent at first but the spiritual impact is certain and stems from direct and deliberate disobedience to God’s Word. To practice Yoga and to deny the spiritual impact that Yoga has on ones life is to be dishonest with one’s self as well as to God. Should Christians Pactice Yoga?

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Duane D. Miller received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron Ohio. He is currently a Chemical Engineering Researcher. Duane’s research expertise has focused upon functional materials development for the control, conversion, and release of process gases in Energy production technologies. His R&D interests include computational chemistry, developing novel technologies for converting biomass to fuels and studying their fundamental interactions during the chemical conversion process. His past experience includes sorbent development for pre- and post-combustion CO2 and SO2 capture, selective absorption of H2S from methane streams, O2 capture for oxy-fuel combustion, photocatalytic reduction of alcohols, NOx reduction catalysis, the development of oxygen carriers to combust fossil fuels (CH4 and coal) for the chemical looping combustion processes, and the extraction of rare earth elements using patent pending sorbents. His research expertise has focused on operando-characterization using Infrared, Raman, and UV-Vis spectroscopy to observe the nature of the catalytic active sites and reaction intermediates under realistic reaction conditions, allowing direct correlation of molecular/electronic structures with catalyst performance during Gas-Solid / Liquid-Solid Adsorption and Photocatalytic Processes with real time online analysis of reaction products using ICP-MS and mass spectrometry. His current work involves a multi-disciplinary approach to developing, understanding, and improving the catalytic gasification of coal and methane, high temperature chemical looping combustion, and the catalytic decomposition and gasification of biomass and coal using novel microwave reactor.​ He has been studying the Hebrew Scriptures and the Torah for 20+ years and sharing what he has learned. The studies developed for MATSATI.COM are freely to be used by everyone, to God be the Glory!