This is the second of three posts that lay the foundation for why I believe it's ok (and even good!) for Christians to practice yoga. You can find the first post in the series here, and the third one here.
Reason number two why I think Christians can (and should!) practice yoga:
2. We walk in and with the authority of the Holy Spirit
This is the very same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead and intercedes on our behalf with the Father in accordance with His will for our lives.
“For God did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
That spirit of power is just that, a spirit of power. Check out what Paul writes in another letter to the church in Corinth:
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
– 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
And the apostle John in this letter he wrote:
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”— 1 John 4:4
We do not have to fear being hoodwinked or hijacked when we are abiding in Christ and rooted in the Word of God. We are overcomers and more than conquerors because of Jesus and have authority over our environments and any spiritual forces at work in them.
While this doesn't mean we should recklessly swagger into environments waving Bibles and clutching crucifixes – wisdom, discernment, and basic human respect are very important – it does mean we walk with spiritual protection and the power to take authority over atmospheres and spiritual forces.
Finally, not only do we have authority, but we have influence. Paul again:
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.” – 2 Corinthians 2:14
Wherever you go, you carry the Spirit of God, the fragrance of heaven, the light and the salt. You don’t lose that authority and influence when you step into your workplace, your grocery store, or even a yoga studio.
“I’m absolutely convinced that nothing – nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable – absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” -Romans 8:38-39