Tag Archives: yoga

Alchemy in the Academy

JosephWright-Alchemist-CroppedSomething dangerous and scary is probably occurring right now at a university or college near you.  It may be disguised as a seminar on wellness, a class on well-being, or a conference on integrative health.  You might find it listed in the college catalog in courses labeled “Mindfulness Training” or “Contemplative Learning.”  It could more blatantly be offered as a program for student/faculty that utilizes yoga, Tai Chi, or meditation as an aid to mental and physical health.  And usually somewhere in the literature for this seminar, class or program you will find references to the “wealth” of scientific evidence that proves that mindfulness (or yoga, or contemplation, or whatever) is proven to be the panacea for all ills in body and soul. Continue reading

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The Gurus Are Coming!

 

In August of 2009 Newsweek magazine published an article entitled “We Are All Hindus Now.”  It pointed out that many of the beliefs of an eastern worldview are now popular in our country.  For example, most Americans believe that the various world religions are simply different paths to God, and that all religions are basically the same.  This is a perspective that is common in the East, but a latecomer to what has been traditionally a Judeo-Christian culture.  Even though most Americans self-identify as “Christians,” the reality is we are more and more Eastern in our worldview. Continue reading

Should Christians Practice Yoga?

This is a commonly asked question. We will attempt to address this issue by focusing on the physical techniques of Hatha Yoga, their origins and meaning. Please see Should Christians Do Yoga for our answer to this question.

Seminar on Yoga and the Christian

For anyone living in Central Virginia or the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Truth Builders will be presenting a seminar on the “The Truth About Yoga.” We will address issues such as: The history and philosophy of yoga. Is yoga just a physical discipline? It yoga spiritually neutral? What is the relationship between yoga and Hinduism? Should a Christian practice yoga?

This seminar will be Thursday night, May 22, at the ANM offices. For more information, please go to the ANM website.

Hare Krishnas (ISKCON)

You may have seen them in airports, or dancing through streets of a major city. They have stopped you to ask for money, or to sell you one of their magazines. They are easily recognizable by their shaved heads, robes, and their incessant chanting: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. They are popularly known as Hare Krishnas, but officially members of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). ISKCON was brought to the United States in the 1960’s by a Hindu Swami called A. C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada. Prabhupada was a convert to a Hindu sect that focused on the Lord Krishna as the chief deity. Continue reading