LTRP Note: For several years now, Lighhtouse Trails has reported on the spiritual dangers of practicing Yoga. And in spite of some evangelical Christians saying that the Yoga positions are OK to do just as long as you don’t do the meditation part, Lighthouse Trails has maintained the stance that even “just doing the Yoga positions” is putting one’s self in spiritual harm’s way because the positions in Yoga were formulated and created for the purpose of receiving the kundalini (serpent) power. With that in mind, the New York Times article below “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” offers an interesting take on Yoga and the health risk it can be on the practitioner’s body. Another good reason not to practice Yoga. (See the links below this article for some of our coverage.)
“How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body”
By William J. Broad
New York Times
On a cold Saturday in early 2009, Glenn Black, a yoga teacher of nearly four decades, whose devoted clientele includes a number of celebrities and prominent gurus, was giving a master class at Sankalpah Yoga in Manhattan. Black is, in many ways, a classic yogi: he studied in Pune, India, at the institute founded by the legendary B. K. S. Iyengar, and spent years in solitude and meditation. He now lives in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and often teaches at the nearby Omega Institute, a New Age emporium spread over nearly 200 acres of woods and gardens. He is known for his rigor and his down-to-earth style. But this was not why I sought him out: Black, I’d been told, was the person to speak with if you wanted to know not about the virtues of yoga but rather about the damage it could do. Many of his regular clients came to him for bodywork or rehabilitation following yoga injuries. This was the situation I found myself in. In my 30s, I had somehow managed to rupture a disk in my lower back and found I could prevent bouts of pain with a selection of yoga postures and abdominal exercises. Then, in 2007, while doing the extended-side-angle pose, a posture hailed as a cure for many diseases, my back gave way. With it went my belief, naïve in retrospect, that yoga was a source only of healing and never harm. Click here to continue reading.
Some LTRP Coverage on Yoga:
CHRISTIAN YOGA: Rooted in Hindu Occultism by Chris Lawson