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Christian Belief Misunderstands Yoga

According to legend, when the old Swami masters sent their disciples here to the West, they told them just to teach westerners Asana because our minds were not ready for anything other than dealing with the physical. Instead let Asana awaken the mind, step by step, for it is inherent in the practice to do so. Rather than proselytize and demand our awakening let the body first detoxify, open and then the magic can arise.

What has evolved from these first teachings is a bare bones practice that can be taught by Hindu, Muslim, Catholic, Christian, Jew, or Protestant; in homes, gyms, office, yoga studios, church or in Times Square. It is a gift passed down through generations, a way of understanding human nature, of connecting to Mother Nature, of learning compassion, tolerance and patience.  There are no age restrictions on who can practice this age-old discipline; indeed it has been designed to keep the body youthful, strong and flexible, while opening the awareness of the mind.

Attempt to balance on one leg and you soon learn not to take yourself too seriously, not to sweat the small stuff, which is not to say you don’t sweat when stretching and massaging your way through an hour’s class. And then there’s the intake of breath, nectar of the divine, feeding every cell in your body, renewing, rejuvenating and reviving your entire system. Most importantly, yoga teaches you how to be present to a given moment, for there is only the present; and after a day of being worked over by life there is nothing like yoga to gently put you back together.

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Delia Quigley

Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: brcleanse.blogspot.com and. To view her website go to www.deliaquigley.com

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3:10PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Interesting. Thanks Delia.

3:09PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Interesting. Thanks Delia

9:48AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

There are extremists in every group including those who practice yoga. That being said, I have never been comfortable in an organized religion. However, that's just me. Some find great comfort and peace in organized religion. I am not a Christian per se, I am a Christ follower and judgement is not my prerogative.

6:15AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:35PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Interesting. Thanks Delia.

11:44PM PDT on Aug 23, 2011

I've heard it all now... I think yoga, if anything, brings out your inner peace. It should go together.

11:42AM PST on Dec 6, 2010

It's the way fanatics are.
But all of as used to think this way. If we see somebody is doing something - we have to make our mind about it. If for some reason it's strange, we don't want to do it etc. - we have to tell ourselves that it's wrong, demonic, stupid ...

5:23AM PDT on Oct 26, 2010

what hasn`t been of the devil, that doesn`t come from christianity.

4:38AM PDT on Oct 15, 2010

Really interesting. Thanks.

3:16PM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

thanks

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