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Lighthouse Trails Sends Out 5th Letter to 145 Christian Leaders

Lighthouse Trails began mailing out booklets and short letters to over 100 Christian leaders in the spring of 2016. This month we are mailing out the 5th letter along with two booklets – Yoga and Christianity: Are They Compatible? by Chris Lawson and A Serious Look at Richard Foster’s “School” of Contemplative Prayer by Ray Yungen. Our list of leaders’ names is now at 145. Below is the letter we are including with the two booklets.

Dear Christian Leader:

We can’t tell you how many Christians have contacted our office and told us that their churches are doing “Christian” Yoga. But according to one Hindu professor who e-mailed us a number of years ago, there is no such thing as “Christian” Yoga. He said Yoga is the heart of Hinduism. It would be like a Hindu saying he is going to hold a Hindu communion service. In Chris Lawson’s booklet that we have sent you, he explains what Yoga really is and why Christians should not practice Yoga.

We are also including an important booklet by Ray Yungen about the contemplative prayer movement that was initially introduced to the church via Richard Foster (author of Celebration of Discipline). We know that many people find “naming names” uncomfortable. We assure you, we have no animosity toward Mr. Foster himself, but we are compelled to warn the church about a dangerous and unbiblical practice that has taken a foothold in many of our seminaries, colleges, and churches.

We hope you will find these two booklets helpful in your ministry. Thank you for taking the time to study these matters.

Humbly in Christ,

The Editors at Lighthouse Trails Publishing

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If you would like us to add the name of a leader to our Christian leaders list, please send the name and mailing address to us at: editors@lighthousetrails.com. Because of time restraints, we will not be able to add a name without an address. Plus, because we cannot send out these letters and booklets to every pastor in the country, we ask that you only submit names of pastors and/or church leaders who have written at least one book (you can check Amazon) thus moving him or her into a place of influence throughout the church at large.

We wish we could send booklets to every Christian pastor in North America. However, here is an idea given to us from one of our readers for anyone who feels compelled to reach the pastors in his or her denomination and/or state: Earlier this year, a woman from Mississippi who learned that we were sending out booklets to Christian leaders and pastors contacted us. She said she was burdened for Southern Baptist pastors in her state and asked us to put together a mailing of two booklets and a letter and mail it to every Southern Baptist pastor in Mississippi.  Our reader paid for the list (which we purchased for her), the booklets, the postage, and our labor. At her request, we sent each pastor a copy of 10 Scriptural Reasons Jesus Calling is a Dangerous Book by Warren B. Smith and 5 Things You Should Know About Contemplative Prayer by Ray Yungen. If you have a group you would like us to reach in this manner, please contact our office.

If you would like to view and/or print a list of the Christian leaders we are currently sending booklets and short letters to 3-4 times a year, click here. Perhaps you would like to pray for these men and women who, in total, influence millions and millions of people throughout the world. Incidentally, just because a name is on this list does not necessarily mean that leader is in deception. We have included a wide assortment of names in this list. There are many pastors and Christian leaders who may not be part of the deception but, for various reasons, are not aware of what is happening in the church today.

Note: Chuck Swindoll’s name is no longer on our list of Christian leaders as his ministry office requested we remove his name.

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Russian Yoga Fans Alarmed at Arrest of Teacher Under New Law

Yoga teacher Dmitry Ugai appears in court over charges he violated a new law banning missionary activity. Photograph: Peter Kovalev/TASS

LTRP Note: Posted for informational and research purposes.

The Guardian (UK)

A yoga teacher in Russia has been charged with illegal missionary activity under a controversial new law designed to fight terrorism.

Computer programmer Dmitry Ugay was detained by police in St Petersburg in October while giving a talk at a festival about the philosophy behind yoga.

Ugay says he was stopped 40 minutes into his discussion, put into a car and taken to a police station without being informed of his apparent offence.

The 44-year-old now faces a fine for allegedly conducting illegal missionary activity, an administrative offence under the new Yarovaya law, a package of legal amendments intended to fight terrorism that is named after its author, the MP Irina Yarovaya.

Ugay’s court hearing in St Petersburg has been adjourned until next week, the state legal news agency Rapsi reported. Click here to continue reading.

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Letter to the Editor: My Children Asked to Read About Benefits of Yoga in School

To Lighthouse Trails:

My kids are taking an AP English class and were asked to read articles that show the benefits of Yoga in schools. The question was not if Yoga was good or bad, but whether detention using Yoga was effective, reading an article that said it was (per query of the students’ getting detention).  Essentially inviting the kids to challenge their opinions to include Yoga in a myriad of situations in life.  My kids were aghast, that it is truly the new normal in education.  I did a search to see, and CNN is coming out with an article on Yoga and meditation nearly monthly now, I find this quite alarming.  I thought perhaps the matter would interest all of you at Lighthouse Trails.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/10/health/yoga-in-schools/

Instead of detention, these students get meditation – CNN.com

An elementary school in West Baltimore uses meditation in place of detention, sending kids to a quiet space to stretch,

do yoga and practice…

1.   Yoga strategies to stress less – CNN.com

www.cnn.com/2016/11/03/health/yoga-stress-strategies/ Proxy  Highlight

Nov 20, 2016 … Try these five yoga-based ways to tame tension and regain peace of mind, … According to Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Herbert Benson, we can use our … Repeat it out loud several times or simply concentrate on it for a …

2.   Is yoga too religious for schools? – CNN.com

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Aug 22, 2013 … Many school districts are adding yoga to their curriculum but some say the … Middle School in Atlanta, lay out their mats and get ready to wind down. … the third limb — posture, according to Yoga Journal expert Richard Freeman. … for Law and Policy president Dean Broyles said in a statement at the time.

3.   Calming the teenage mind in the classroom – CNN.com

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Feb 9, 2016 … Students at Marblehead High School in Massachusetts meditate in a new Zen Room at the school. … School in Massachusetts, students started moving their desks out of … morning meditation sessions two times a week before classes. … complete with yoga mats, blankets, tranquil music and soft lighting, …

4.   The near-superhuman way yoga unites mind and body – CNN.com

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Oct 19, 2016 … Unlike conventional Western exercises, yoga focuses on the breath, and “that turns out … You can also slowly pedal out your heels, by straightening one leg at a time to ease into the posture. … The benefits of yoga in schools … According to Yoga Journal’s national survey (PDF), as of 2016, there are more …

5.   Pilates/Yoga Instructor – Best Jobs in America – CNN Money

Feb 16, 2015 … Yoga instructors balance their time between teaching classes that bring … planning what goes into each class and getting the word out about a …

6.   9 ‘schools’ that will help you master life – CNN.com

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Nov 13, 2014 … A new kind of school is popping up all over the world — and they want to teach … as well as full-time MA degrees on Digital Media Management. … Check out: Masterclass – Business Transformation for a two-day course … work stress with yoga to learn and practice the science of enhancing your well-being.

7.   Teen overcomes anorexia through yoga – CNN.com

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Sep 3, 2015 … Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds. …. “I took time off and it turned out to be a gift. … Now a high school senior, Degener is still teaching yoga classes and loading up on high-level classes to prepare for the next …

From a concerned parent

Related Articles from Lighthouse Trails:

YOGA: Exercise or Religion—Does it Matter?

YOGA and Christianity – Are They Compatible?

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Letter to the Editor from Man From India: Yoga is a Doctrine of Demons!

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Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I am from a Hindu background. The word Yoga has developed from the word Yog. Yog means union. So when you do Yoga, you can expect your spirit to be in union with “divine spirit” completely. According to Bishnu Puran, one of the Hindu scripture yoga is “complete union between spirit of god and man.” So when you do Yoga, you are focusing on uniting with some spirit. We know it is not the Spirit of the Lord God.

Yoga was in practice in ancient Hindu times to connect them with gods to get people closure to Nirvana. Hindus have many ways for salvation and Yoga is one of that. It is a doctrine of demons. Christians cannot take part in it as it tries to connect your spirit with some spirit, and you do not know what that spirit is. In Nepal, if you walk to the Hindu temples, you find “holy people,” and they say they got freedom from all the longing of the world because of Yoga. Yoga helped them to be united with their god, and now they are free. They will show you different postures which will be offered as worship to different gods.

As Christians, according to Colossians 2:8, we should not follow the theories made according to the traditions of this world nor based on any spiritual beings.

B. S. D., Nepal

Related Material:

BOOKLET: A Trip to India—to Learn the Truth About Hinduism and Yoga by Caryl Matrisciana

Learn about “Christian Yoga”: Watch Caryl Productions Yoga Uncoiled

 

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School Replaces Detention with Meditation/Yoga

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Photo credit: Holistic Life Foundation

By Cedric Fisher
Truth Keepers

Baltimore’s Robert W. Coleman Elementary School is taking advantage of unknowledgeable or inattentive parents, to instruct vulnerable children in the practices of meditation and Yoga. Instead of sending unruly children to detention, they are sending them to the “Mindful Room”. There they are taught breathing exercises, meditation, and Yoga.

“Misbehaving kids are encouraged to sit in the room and go through practices like breathing or meditation, helping them calm down and re-center.” – This school replaced detention with meditation. The results are stunning, James Gaines, 9/22/2016, Upworthy (online)

What I find stunning and deeply disturbing, is the fact Christians have not risen up in strong protest, exposed this diabolical preying on their children, and demanded the school remove the program. The program, entitled Holistic Me, was established in partnership with the Holistic Life Foundation. According to the Foundation’s website, which pictures two children in meditating in yoga position, it claims to “serve” 4500 students weekly. One has to wonder if some children might create a disturbance just to get into the program. Holistic Me is active in over 14 schools, including at least one Christian school, Friends School of Baltimore. They claim that no school suspensions were issued to students who attend their program. According to the Baltimore school spokesperson, none of their participating students were suspended last year. They are crediting the program with reduction in fighting and other behavioral issues. Click here to continue reading.

Cedric Fisher is the director of Truth Keepers blog and the author of two Lighthouse Trails booklets.

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Coming to a School Near You? – Mindfulness Meditation for Public School Children in Wisconsin

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The following out-of-house news article is posted for informational and research purposes and not as an endorsement.

“Madison startup uses mindfulness to help teachers take care of their students and themselves”

By Ogechi Emechebe
The Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Giggling, yawning and deep breathing filled the air of a Lapham Elementary School classroom on a recent morning as first graders participated in a health and wellness exercise together.

Their teacher, Christa Peterson, led them in stretching, breathing and meditation. They started off with a “tick tock” exercise where students paired up and sat on the floor, arms stretched out and rocking side to side like a seesaw. Music in the background prompted their movements with ticking noises like a clock. They soon moved on to another song that incorporated meditation in a playful manner where they got in a big circle and followed the song’s directions.

“Rub your hands … Sit up tall … take a deep breath … Ohmm,” the song said. . . .

“I like how it calms me down and I don’t have to think about much,” said Kayla Strabala, a student in Peterson’s class. “When I go home, I change into my yoga pants and do it in my room.” Click here to continue reading.

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Is Pilates OK?

By Caryl Matrisciana
Caryl Productions

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I’ve had several emails asking about Pilates as a form of exercise and if it’s connected to a spirituality as yoga is? While on the subject of exercise related questions I’ve also addressed some of your inquiries about worship music accompanying fitness programs, mind control and focused breathing practices, tapping into “oneness” and “God-power”, holistic ideology and “God-glorifying exercise videos and fitness programs! A LOT of topics so let’s begin with Pilates….

Pilates gets its name from its originator and founder German born, Joseph Pilates. It’s a workout program incorporating many elements he drew from his studies into Eastern (Yoga and Zen) philosophies and Western (Roman and Greek) forms of physical fitness. He called his regime “controlology,” which he claims is the “science of control”, and borrowed some basics from Hinduism’s Yoga which is foundational to Hinduism’s religious philosophy.

Similar to Yogic practice, Pilates emphasizes the importance of focused breathing patterns and intense concentration and mind control as integral to the Pilates regime. Exercises are given names like “elephant” and “swan” much like yoga positions, or asanas have names like camel, cat and cobra.

I realize this can sound like hair splitting: what’s wrong with giving names to exercises and emphasizing mind concentration? Well, is mind concentration really physical exercise? Is self-hypnosis and visualization part of physical wellbeing? Physical and mental lines are getting blurred as body-mind-spirit ideology is accepted as legitimate!

Hinduism claims yoga is a science which becomes confusing, as the true meaning of true science is being redefined. Its original function is the systematic study of the physical and natural through controlled observation and experiment. When a philosophy or mind-control technique claims to be scientific, it shifts the true meaning to now embrace the subjective study of a philosophy based on metaphysical and supernatural aspects which must, by definition, be open to another type of observation into the spirit world, and spirits and their behavior which can’t be controlled. (For further explanation about shifting science and its behavioral ramifications to society read my book The Evolution Conspiracy)

Yoga’s basic premise is that focused breathing patterns are essential for both physical and spiritual wellbeing and the benefits of breathing correctly can be used to “invoke” better wellness all round, physically and spiritually. Invoke, obviously is a type of prayer and appeal to the spirit world which brings with it powers and experiences which, from a Biblical point of view, come with dangers because their source is corrupt. Within Eastern thinking such invocations to the spirit world are of good advantage and beneficial. Eastern philosophy teaches the mind must vacate the body (stop thinking, still the mind, go into neutral) for the spirit within to be awakened. The Bible teaches the mind must be harnessed to God’s Word for protection against spirits who want to take possession of the body and the heart must be guarded for the same reason. To continue reading, click here.

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