It's Om, not Amen
When I ran across this article about Christian Yoga from last week, all I could do was pretty much sigh in exasperation. The first reason was because the lack of self-awareness amongst these “Christian Yoga” teachers was mind-boggling (though perhaps to be expected with their attempts to strip out the yogic practices that help generate that self-awareness). The second reason was that no Hindu was quoted in the article for their views on the whole concept, which might have been relevant to the reader. However, as I scrolled through the comments on the article, I came upon one that I think expressed everything that an alternate viewpoint would express, so rather than repeat the same thoughts, I’ve pasted it below:
“What a sense of entitlement and blatant hypocrisy! I think it's hilarious that they can slap a new name on an age old activity and suddenly it's ok with the Christian God. Can you imagine what the outcry would be if the Hindu faith took a Christian practice, changed the name and then used it to practice Hinduism? There would be a virtual holy war.
If Christianity is so diametrically opposed to the practice of yoga (which is ridiculous), then the Christians who actually believe it will dilute their faith should not practice it at all. Perhaps Jesus prefers spinning." - commenter PH-3046605