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This is a new one "Yoga means you are worshiping the devil"

Ryewhisky75Ryewhisky75 Posts: 25Member, Premium Member Posts: 25Member, Premium Member
So, I recently told my Mom all the things I've been changing up in my life to get healthy. I have never had the best relationship with her, she is very one sided, her way or the highway type of person, very old school and judgmental. I'm the total opposite. I love everyone the same, open to hearing new things, and have the biggest heart (or so I've been told).

Anyways, I told her I started doing yoga a little. Good grief. You'd think I was literally going to some cultist group meetings and worshiping the devil. In her words "Christine! You have to stop doing yoga!!! That is the gateway to worshiping Satan!! I can't believe you are doing that! I raised you better than that!!!!!!!"

So, anyone up for some gateway exercise today? I'ma going to start calling it that bahahahaha :D

P.S. She is flying out to see me tomorrow. For the first time since I moved far away from her. It was a fun conversation when I told her last year I was moving to Vegas - Sin City! Wish me luck! She'll be here for 11 days, maybe I'll have some fun conversations to post :#
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  • BecomingMoreAwesomeBecomingMoreAwesome Posts: 134Member Member Posts: 134Member Member
    I have a few older relatives who believe that both yoga and meditation let in the devil and demons because you’re susceptible to evil whenever your mind is calm. I, uh, think that says something about their choices of stress-avoiding mechanisms.
  • your_future_ex_wifeyour_future_ex_wife Posts: 2,745Member Member Posts: 2,745Member Member
    idk about devil worship, but i do know some people find it offensive to try to separate the physical from the spiritual practice.

    Westerners are exceptionally secular, especially now in this post- christian culture (i mean as a whole, not individually). We live a predominately non-religious life. We often co-opt religious symbols, imagery, celebrations without thought to their original meanings. i don’t see why yoga should be any different.
  • FeelinFooFooFeelinFooFoo Posts: 3,029Member Member Posts: 3,029Member Member
    This is a new one on me lol

    Yoga = devil worship? Ok. 😊
  • Bushw12Bushw12 Posts: 26Member Member Posts: 26Member Member
    Got to be a US thing....devil worship does anybody really do that crap??
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Posts: 36,582Member Member Posts: 36,582Member Member
    Your mom is likely not separating the secular practice of yoga for the purpose of exercise vs the origins of yoga which is a Hindu spiritual practice of enlightenment. When I was a kid my family was very involved with the mega church movement and yeah...anything like yoga or meditation would be basically devil worship.
  • deputy_randolphdeputy_randolph Posts: 818Member Member Posts: 818Member Member
    I'm not sure when "Satanists" would have the time to do yoga...between the worshipping and church burning.

    Although, I've never done yoga or participated in any devilish rituals...maybe your mom is on to something.
  • FeelinFooFooFeelinFooFoo Posts: 3,029Member Member Posts: 3,029Member Member
    I was thinking about trying out some yoga. Now I'l think about this 😂 I will be wondering, is anyone thinking that I am worshipping the unholy one ?? 😆
  • 1sphere1sphere Posts: 1,847Member Member Posts: 1,847Member Member
    I saw someone rant on about the cobra pose before and saying that your worshiping the devil since the devil appeared in the form of a snake or something, blah...I can't remember, but his conversation was so bizarre. No offense, but you only get these kind of people in America :D

    Religious nuts give me a headache
    edited April 6
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Posts: 2,631Member Member Posts: 2,631Member Member
    In before this thread is closed…

    I learned about this believe a couple of years ago, and it came as a surprise to me too. I have done yoga on and off since my 20s in a very reflective way; I am now 75 years old.

    I did some readings about this topic, and it seems that very religious (in this case catholic) people believe that the mind shouldn't ever be calm or free of other interference and it should be always "busy" and only open to the Christian though and god of worship. It seems that practicing yoga is like worshiping the devil and performing any of the yoga poses is allowing the “devil” to take hold of the spirit. I hope I described my interpretation of the readings correctly.

    I talked about this concept with different people taking yoga classes with me now, and they all confirmed that they had read about that "ideology/believe." It was a surprised to me, because one of my previous yoga instructors was a very catholic and church going, lovely lady with central American roots. She never mentioned anything about it; however, she was not too keen on meditation either.

    I love yoga, and the only thing that I consider “devilish” is some of the poses :D . The calming of the mind and thoughts is something beneficial to me. I used to be better at it, but I was also practicing meditation alone at night without outside interruptions. I don’t get the same results in a full class, but it is better than nothing.

    Here are some links about the topic of this thread that some of you may find interesting.

    https://www.the-saltoftheearth.com/the-danger-of-yoga
    https://www.intellihub.com/vaticans-chief-exorcist-warns-that-practicing-yoga-is-satanic/
    https://www.cai.org/testimonies/spiritual-deception-yoga
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/christians-get-into-a-devil-of-a-twist-over-yoga-1259655.html


  • FeelinFooFooFeelinFooFoo Posts: 3,029Member Member Posts: 3,029Member Member
    My mind truely is blown on this one. *kitten* sake.

    *rolls up yoga mat*
  • priara31priara31 Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    Gisel2015 wrote: »
    In before this thread is closed…

    I learned about this believe a couple of years ago, and it came as a surprise to me too. I have done yoga on and off since my 20s in a very reflective way; I am now 75 years old.

    I did some readings about this topic, and it seems that very religious (in this case catholic) people believe that the mind shouldn't ever be calm or free of other interference and it should be always "busy" and only open to the Christian though and god of worship. It seems that practicing yoga is like worshiping the devil and performing any of the yoga poses is allowing the “devil” to take hold of the spirit. I hope I described my interpretation of the readings correctly.

    I talked about this concept with different people taking yoga classes with me now, and they all confirmed that they had read about that "ideology/believe." It was a surprised to me, because one of my previous yoga instructors was a very catholic and church going, lovely lady with central American roots. She never mentioned anything about it; however, she was not too keen on meditation either.

    I love yoga, and the only thing that I consider “devilish” is some of the poses :D . The calming of the mind and thoughts is something beneficial to me. I used to be better at it, but I was also practicing meditation alone at night without outside interruptions. I don’t get the same results in a full class, but it is better than nothing.

    Here are some links about the topic of this thread that some of you may find interesting.

    https://www.the-saltoftheearth.com/the-danger-of-yoga
    https://www.intellihub.com/vaticans-chief-exorcist-warns-that-practicing-yoga-is-satanic/
    https://www.cai.org/testimonies/spiritual-deception-yoga
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/christians-get-into-a-devil-of-a-twist-over-yoga-1259655.html


    As a Catholic, I don't agree that we're suppose to keep our mind "busy" and that our mind should "never be calm or free of other interference" ...if that was the case, we'd have demons attacking us all the time with all that "interference"... :wink: My apologies, if that's what you were led to believe.

    And we can mediate, but yes our focus on meditation should be on something holy. A lot of Catholic individuals practice yoga, although I'm not one of them and I understand the 'why' behind this line of thinking. There is this great site that does 'yoga-like' moves and meditation upon our Catholic beliefs, the rosary - https://soulcore.com/what-is-soulcore/

    Although I myself have not tried it yet...chalk it up more to laziness, I do think it's good to know that there's something out there for people like myself that would like to incoroprate these types of moves into our faith.
  • Sunshine_And_SandSunshine_And_Sand Posts: 1,186Member Member Posts: 1,186Member Member
    This isn't really a new thought process. I first heard about the yoga being anti-Christianity thing several years ago due to its religious ties to Buddhism and that lots of the poses were originally named for Hindu gods/goddesses.
    I've done yoga for years and have personally never been to a class that I would say was using yoga as a Hindu religious practice, probably due mostly to the area I live in. All of the classes I've been to separate from that aspect and are using it as exercise. I have been to some classes that spout a lot of woo (ex: twisting to detox), but that's another topic, and I don't have a problem ignoring that.
    Now, whether or not you consider yoga anti-Christianity is going to be something you have to decide for yourself.
    For me, I feel that there is nothing wrong with doing yoga for the exercise aspect, but I may feel different in a class that was led as a religious/Hindu rooted class. There is nothing inherently wrong with the poses, and if they were originally used by someone I don't know, in a part of the world I've never even been to, to worship gods/goddesses I don't even believe in, why should I worry about it when I'm not attaching the same meaning to it. To me, saying that's wrong would be comparable to me saying I can't use the thumbs up gesture because another country I've never even been to equates that to giving the middle finger (considered an obscene gesture in the US). If somebody else feels it's wrong and can't separate the motions from what they mean as far as being tied to Hinduism and that person finds him/herself always feeling guilty about it, then it may not be a good idea for that person.
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Posts: 2,631Member Member Posts: 2,631Member Member
    newmeadow wrote: »
    Pilates and Barre and stretching classes are the alternatives for anyone wanting to calm the mind and increase flexibility without doing yoga.[/quote

    Not really. Balance, flexibility yes, calm mind not so much. Only Yoga do that for me.
  • Ryewhisky75Ryewhisky75 Posts: 25Member, Premium Member Posts: 25Member, Premium Member
    Thank you everyone for the responses! To be clear, I had tried explaining to my Mom that I am not doing Yoga for any reason other then exercise. I had never viewed it as anything else. I asked her why she thought that it was a gateway to anti Christian things and all she said was it is, everyone knows that. She couldn't actually come up with reasons or facts. When she gets here tomorrow, I'll show her simple at home yoga and maybe it'll set her mind at ease that isn't anti Christian lol
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