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« Reply #15: November 01, 2007, 03:19:56 pm »

Do any of you incorporate yoga into your religious/spiritual practices?  If so, how do you go about this?  Just doing it, or taking some other approach to it?

Ever-so-slightly off-topic, but, although I do not practice Yoga much (I need to!), my mind always tries to place religious connotations on the practice because of how I was raised.  Fundie-Christianity looks at Yoga as a religious practice of Hinduism, no matter how misguided that view may be.

When I DO practice Yoga, it is simply for my own health, rather than as part of my religious/spiritual practices.
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« Reply #16: November 01, 2007, 08:05:11 pm »

Fundie-Christianity looks at Yoga as a religious practice of Hinduism, no matter how misguided that view may be.


in fact it *is a part of hindu religious practice, it just isn't always physical exercise. Yoga is whatever spiritual action you are taking to get in right relationship to god, which sometimes includes physical postures and breathing.
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« Reply #17: November 02, 2007, 09:39:19 am »

in fact it *is a part of hindu religious practice, it just isn't always physical exercise. Yoga is whatever spiritual action you are taking to get in right relationship to god, which sometimes includes physical postures and breathing.

This I know.  I probably wasn't clear enough in what I said.  Fundie Christians look at (what Westerners commonly accept as) Yoga as INSEPARABLE from Hindu religious practices.  In other words, if you go to the local Yoga class to learn stretches that are beneficial to your body, you are actually worshiping the Hindu pantheon.  This is the misguided view to which I was referring.
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« Reply #18: November 02, 2007, 10:57:37 am »

Ever-so-slightly off-topic, but, although I do not practice Yoga much (I need to!), my mind always tries to place religious connotations on the practice because of how I was raised.  Fundie-Christianity looks at Yoga as a religious practice of Hinduism, no matter how misguided that view may be.

When I DO practice Yoga, it is simply for my own health, rather than as part of my religious/spiritual practices.

When I was thinking about this topic originally, I thought that perhaps yoga might be a good way to ground and center.  Also, using the breathing for raising energy.  These are things I'd like to experiment with at some point, but not until I've mastered some poses first.
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« Reply #19: November 02, 2007, 08:57:11 pm »

In other words, if you go to the local Yoga class to learn stretches that are beneficial to your body, you are actually worshiping the Hindu pantheon.  This is the misguided view to which I was referring.


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« Reply #20: November 02, 2007, 08:59:39 pm »

When I was thinking about this topic originally, I thought that perhaps yoga might be a good way to ground and center.  Also, using the breathing for raising energy.  These are things I'd like to experiment with at some point, but not until I've mastered some poses first.

You may find that the two happen simultaneously. I don't think it is possible to really master poses until you are grounded and centered, fully present in your body. What is so cool about yoga is that really it is not possible to master poses at all. It is different every day. Some days I can do the Wheel and some days I can go as far as the Bridge and that's it.
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  And the power of Earth,
  for the strength to continue my path.

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