Should Yoga be Banned from Public Schools as a Religious Activity?
Yoga postures represent offerings to millions of Hindu gods. In fact, there is a dedicated "Lord of Yoga." His name is Shiva, a supreme divinity. Yoga in Sanskrit means yoke or union, and famous yogis teach that "yoga unites the individual self to the universal self." Thus, yoga practitioners are, however unintentionally, attempting to unite themselves to Hindu divinity.
This is antithetical to the Christian faith. We are told to "abstain from things offered to idols" (Acts 15:29, nkjv). Jesus tells us to take his yoke upon us and follow him to find rest, "for my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matt. 11:30).
But surely a public school's yoga class would be completely devoid of all religious aspects. Some promise this. But years later, when your child as an adult is visiting a bookstore and passes by the Eastern religion section and sees books on yoga, he or she may very well equate it with the warm fuzzies felt during those supposedly religion-free yoga sessions in third grade.
One option for schools is to use our PowerMoves Kids curriculum. It focuses on character education and fitness, not religion.
Christians realize there is a spiritual realm we cannot see. Paul warned that "we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:12, NKJV). These spiritual forces have power, and they do influence us. They have a way of subtly and deceptively pulling us away from the one true God, our Lord Jesus Christ.