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Origins Of Yoga

Yoga-according to Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga

Yoga (Sanskrit, Pāli: योग yóga) is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India. The goal of yoga, or of the person practicing yoga, is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility. The word is associated with meditative practices in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.
Within Hindu philosophy, the word yoga is used to refer to one of the six orthodox (āstika) schools of Hindu philosophy.  Yoga in this sense is based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and is also known as Rāja Yoga to distinguish it from later schools.  Patanjali’s system is discussed and elaborated upon in many classical Hindu texts, and has also been influential in Buddhism and Jainism. The Bhagavad Gita introduces distinctions such as Jnana Yoga (“yoga based on knowledge”) vs. Karma Yoga (“yoga based on action”).
Other systems of philosophy introduced in Hinduism during the medieval period are bhakti yoga, and hatha yoga.
The Sanskrit word yoga has the literal meaning of “yoke”, from a root yuj meaning to join, to unite, or to attach. As a term for a system of abstract meditation or mental abstraction it was introduced by Patañjali in the 2nd century BC. Someone who practices yoga or follows the yoga philosophy with a high level of commitment is called a yogi or yogini.
The goals of yoga are varied and range from improving health to achieving moksha. Within the Hindu monist schools of Advaita Vedanta, Shaivism and Jainism, the goal of yoga takes the form of moksha, which is liberation from all worldly suffering and the cycle of birth and death (samsara), at which point there is a realization of identity with the Supreme Brahman. In the Mahabharata, the goal of yoga is variously described as entering the world of Brahma, as Brahman, or as perceiving the Brahman or Ātman that pervades all things. For the bhakti schools of Vaishnavism, bhakti or service to Svayam Bhagavan itself may be the ultimate goal of the yoga process, where the goal is to enjoy an eternal relationship with Vishnu.

✝Yoga Uncoiled: From East To West Part I✝

✝Yoga Uncoiled: From East To West Part II✝

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http://christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_YogaChildren.html 
http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/yoga.htm

–  Yoga calls itself science. “By calling itself science, Yoga
(which is the very heart of Hinduism) has within the last [30] years become an integral
part of Western society, where it is taught in nearly every YMCA or YWCA, in clubs, in
public schools, in industry, and in many churches. Dressed in Western clothes, Yoga has
gained acceptance in medicine, psychology, education, and religion under such euphemisms
as ‘centering,’ ‘relaxation therapy,’ ‘self-hypnosis,’ and
‘creative visualization.’
Yoga is designed to lead to the ‘realization’ of one’s true ‘godhood’ through an inward
meditative journey that finally locates the ultimate source of everything within the human
psyche.”

Yoga means “to yoke” — to yoke with Brahman (i.e., the
“Infinite,” the “Universal Spirit,” the impersonal force that the
Hindus call “God”) via the realization of an altered state of consciousness,
thereby theoretically releasing oneself from the bondage of endless reincarnation. Yoga
comes out of the Hindu Vedas. It can be traced back to Patanjali, who was a religious
leader. Shiva, one of Hinduism’s three most powerful gods, was known as “The
Destroyer” — he’s called Yogi Swara or the “Lord of Yoga.” Yoga originated from a school of
thought in the Hindu religion, which suggests that postures can isolate the soul from the
body and the mind.

I personally practiced yoga while on my journey to find truth and peace in my life.  I practiced yoga thinking that it was just an exercise like most people believe and that it would help me to relax and be at peace.  The problem is with most things in life-most people do not do any research on what they are getting into but in stead just follow the masses like blind sheep.  You should always look deeper into the origins of what it is you are joining no matter what it may be.  With so many distractions today it can be difficult to take the time to study or research anything.  Peace can only be found through Jesus Christ and a personal relationship with God.  While practicing, it always struck me as odd and did not flow right with me that the yoga teacher would thank mother earth and ourselves for our breath and life and not speak of thanking God for anything. Although it brought me relaxation while i was doing yoga, it never brought me the peace i was looking for.  The things of this world are temporal and will all pass away but the Word of God is everlasting and will never fail.

There are plenty of stretches you can do that have nothing to do with Yoga.  Yoga is an Eastern religion-there is no such thing as Christian Yoga and you cannot mix the two.  Every yoga studio has multiple idols of different gods.  You might say that practicing yoga is not a spiritual practice but just ask any yogi and they will tell you as one told me that you cannot separate the yogic practice from its eastern roots or the spiritual aspects of it-it will finally overtake you the longer you practice and you will come to believe in its spirituality because you are opening yourself up to it.  You either serve God all the way or your serving man and yoga points to nothing but glorifying the “self” and worshiping the many buddhist God whilet denying the divinity of the ONE TRUE God.

Amos 3:3
Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

 Exodus 20:3-5
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Matthew 6:24
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 

2 Corinthians 6:14
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 

2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 

2 Corinthians 11:3-4
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

2 Corinthians 11:12-15
But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

1 Peter 5:8-9
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour 

Matthew 24:24
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

1 John 2:15
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  

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