Pastors Call Holy Yoga Demonic
CHARLOTTE, NC- It's not your usual yoga class. The music is different and the message is too.
That's why Christians like Cathy Taylor are signing up holy yoga.
"It connects me to my faith," said Taylor, an East Charlotte resident.
"We focus on connecting with God. Mind, body, soul and spirit, so when you come to a holy yoga class, there'll be a lot of prayer and scripture," said Sarah Henderson, a holy yoga instructor.
Now, more religious leaders warn about yoga's Eastern roots.
Seattle mega pastor Mark Driscoll says holy yoga is demonic and warns Christians to stay away. In a blog post, he writes, "saying yoga can be Christian because you do it for Jesus is a bit like going into a mosque, going through the worship practices, and then saying you're not a Muslim because you're doing it for Jesus. They don't mix."
YMCA of Greater Charlotte offers yoga classes every week to members across the area. Whether Christian or traditional classes that may play Christian music, a YMCA spokesperson tells me those classes don't teach anything that goes against Christian beliefs.
But Southern Baptist leader Reverend Albert Mohler says holy and yoga just don't match.
"Christians who practice yoga are embracing, or at minimum flirting with, a spiritual practice that threatens their own spiritual lives," said Mohler.
"Practicing holy yoga has enhanced my Christian faith, not detracted. It's got me reading the Bible more. Experiencing the Holy Spirit in a way I haven't before," said Henderson.
As the debate continues, so does the meditation for Christians connecting with their faith through yoga.
The Holy Yoga Foundation is hosting 2-days full of classes in Charlotte this weekend. Here’s the information: