Going thru my research in fitness, health and wellness; i stumble a sacred way and this is doing YOGA. Many I’ve meet a long the way that are practicing YOGA in their christian way. It seems something is different from them compare to others that i knew that are just doing YOGA at all. In this article about the benefits of YOGA and christian view point, i would like to share to you some that i know about them.
Here’s what i know about YOGA.
Yoga’s purpose is unifying the body, mind, and spirit. A series of postures, breathing exercises, and meditation achieve this connection. With the integration of the body, mind and spirit, you can attain a physical and mental balance in your life as well as abundant inner peace.
The practice of yoga begins in the mind. It doesn’t matter your physical strength, flexibility, weight, or experience. Yoga is a practice that you are encouraged to work at your own pace, never requiring anything more than you have to give at that particular moment. Yoga is completely for yourself. Practice can be as intense or as simple as you need it to be. Yoga teachers never push you to do more than you can do. It’s completely your practice, your 30 minutes – 1 1/2 hours (depending on the type of yoga) you are giving to yourself. It is a gift to you!
History of yoga and its origins;
- Yoga has a history dating back over five thousand years, to the beginning of the civilization of man. Believe to be originated in the community from Mehrgarh in Afghanistan. Archaeological evidence prove the existence of Yoga in the Indus valley some 3000 years BC which was linked to the great Indus-Sarasvati civilization.
- The oldest scriptures in the world known as VEDAS comes from Indus-saravasti civilization. Vedas contains a collection of hymns that praise a higher power and contains the oldest recorded history of Yoga teachings.
- On this teaching, the practitioner are required to transcend human limitations and reach a higher spiritual plane.
- From Vidas scriptures to Brahmanas writings explaining the rituals and hymns. To Aranyakas texts that outline the practice of Yogis living to India’s medical tradition known as Ayurveda.
- All in all, Yoga transformed into a practice of health, harmony of the spirit, and a way of life.
Some benefits of practicing YOGA that i knew.
The benefit of yoga is twofold – increased health and unification of the spirit with the body. It is accomplished through the use of many different aspects, but mainly through the combination of Asanas or postures, and breathing/meditation practices. When your mind is able to concentrate fully on your yoga practice the unification of body, mind, and spirit takes place. This is the beneficial intention of practicing yoga.
It is known to amplify flexibility; yoga has postures that trigger the different joints of the body. Including those joints that are not acted upon with regular exercises routines.
- It also increases the lubrication of joints, ligament and tendons. The well-researched yoga positions exercise the different tendons and ligaments of the body. It has also been found that the body which may have started doing yoga being a inflexible one may experience a quite remarkable flexibility in the end on those parts of the body which have not been consciously worked upon.
- It also massages all organs of the body. Yoga is perhaps the only exercise that can work on through your internal organs in a thorough manner, including those that hardly get externally stimulated during our entire lifetime.
- It acts in a wholesome manner on the various body parts. This stimulation and massage of the organs in turn benefits us by keeping away disease and providing a forewarning at the first possible instance of a likely onset of disease or disorder.
- It offers a total detoxification of the body. It gently stretches the muscles and joints as we as massaging the various organs, yoga ensures the optimum blood supply to various parts of the body.
- It helps in the flushing out of toxins from every nook and cranny of your body as well as providing nourishment up to the last point. This leads to benefits such as delayed ageing, energy and a remarkable zest for life.
- It is an excellent way to tone your muscles. Muscles which have been flaccid and weak are stimulated repeatedly to shed excess fats and flaccidity.
What is the Christian Viewpoint on Yoga?
This raises many question in the christian community as per reaction of one of the Christian apologist. I am a bit hesitant of sharing my research because of their viewpoint. However, I feel that this question and the stance of the Christian community warrants reflection on the subject.
A Christian is expected to open their heart and minds to Jesus, and to give in to the spirit of the Lord. They are expected to rely on blind faith, and to accept the word of God as the only truth in the world.
If one opens the mind to clearer thinking and inner vision, they open the spirit to demonic possession. It is felt that Yoga practice borders on occultism, and that opening one’s mind and spirit to the benefit of yoga is both dangerous and against everything Christianity preaches. Christians believe that studying yoga is akin to practicing Hinduism, and one cannot separate the philosophy of Hinduism from their Christian beliefs, regardless of the health benefit of yoga.
I believe that the practice of yoga is a good thing. It provides us with great health benefits, clearer vision, and harmony in our souls. And in this day and age, what else is there? Whether we be Christians, Muslims, or Buddhists, we must not disrespect the feelings and thoughts of others, their rights to practice as they wish, or try to push our views down other people’s throats.
Furthermore, many that are practicing yoga lose their weight and maintain fitness, health and wellness.