To Lighthouse Trails:
Just a quick thank you for all the work you do! Your site has given me a wealth of information the past few years!! It is my “go to” site for checking authors speakers and other matters.
Heads up: Liberty is offering yoga under the class name FLOW [see screen shot below]. I never heard of flow, but a quick Google filled me in! As an alumni of LU, I am so concerned with where they are heading . . . [T]here are many professors there that are clueless about the path LU has been taking…. they are all in my prayers. Also, we were there this week for a homeschool basketball tournament, and I noticed they are holding classes for the Daniel Plan. Gotta keep parents informed so they can warn their children, grandchildren, etc.
Blessings…. my prayers are with your ministry
As you can see from the Liberty University page from the link above, the class called Flow is none other than a disguised name for Yoga. The description of the class is: “A rejuvenating vinyasa practice that will fluidly guide you from one pose to the next – uniting the breath and movement. This class will work all muscle groups, increasing your total body strength, balance, and flexibility.”
Now listen to what Yoga Journal (the expert publication for Yoga) has to say about vinyasa Yoga:
What do these diverse phenomena have in common? They are all vinyasas, progressive sequences that unfold with an inherent harmony and intelligence. “Vinyasa” is derived from the Sanskrit term nyasa, which means “to place,” and the prefix vi, “in a special way”—as in the arrangement of notes in a raga, the steps along a path to the top of a mountain, or the linking of one asana to the next. In the yoga world the most common understanding of vinyasa is as a flowing sequence of specific asanas coordinated with the movements of the breath. The six series of Pattabhi Jois’s Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga are by far the best known and most influential.1
This isn’t the first time Liberty University has snuck Yoga classes into the school. In 2007, Lighthouse Trails reported that LU had incorporated Yoga classes into their Physical Education program. The school received a lot of complaints because of the report and eventually removed the class (we think). But now, under disguise, Yoga is back at Liberty.
Lighthouse Trails isn’t too surprised at the Yoga classes at Liberty, but many people who still believe Liberty University is a biblical school will be. For us, we’ve got a list of articles we’ve been writing about Liberty for nearly eight years, and we know the direction the school has been going.
February 2007: Liberty University Uses Contemplative/Emergent Textbooks
October 2007: Liberty University Now Has Yoga Class
We’ll never forget a phone call we received from a Liberty University donor once a number of years ago. He said as he stood on campus one day watching students walking by, he couldn’t believe how many of them were carrying around a copy of Rob Bell’s Velvet Elvis. Rather than the students being warned about Bell, the emerging church, and spiritual deception, they were being offered Yoga classes (as they still are today). And any warnings have fallen on deaf ears.
Please read Chris Lawson’s article/booklet tract called Yoga and Christianity: Are They Compatible?