Jump directly to the Content

Yoga is a Stretch

Yoga is hot, and the number of practitioners is growing—even in Christian churches. Some 16.5 million Americans currently practice yoga, up 43 percent from 2002. And many of the recent converts are flexing at church. Some Christians are touting yoga's spiritual as well as physical benefits. Others fear naïve participants will be led into Eastern mysticism.

Jessica Beaubien is the instructor for SoulStretch.org, a Christian yoga ministry started at Royal Oak (Michigan) United Methodist Church. "Christ-centered yoga gives me time to 'Be still' before God," she says. "It helps me listen for his quiet voice and become aware of his awesome presence within me."

"The postures and the presence in the body can itself be a prayer," instructor Carolyn Blueml says, "whether of praise or gratitude or need."

DeAnna Smothers is co-founder of Yahweh Yoga, a Christ-based yoga studio located in Chandler, Arizona. She believes that the ancient practice can help Christians better understand Paul's ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Muscular Christianity or Fluid Theology?
Muscular Christianity or Fluid Theology?
Letting go of certainty and learning to flow with the future.
From the Magazine
God Wanted Me When the Foster-Care System Didn’t
God Wanted Me When the Foster-Care System Didn’t
I bounced from home to home before finding the Father my heart yearned for.
Editor's Pick
When Churches Put Love at the Center
When Churches Put Love at the Center
How "beloved community" helps us envision tangible ways to embody kingdom values.