The question for the Christian yoga practitioner and teacher is, “Do you want to be free and to invite others to be free?”
Freedom means the ability to live from the experience of unity of the self with the Self or the personal with the Universal.
This freedom is lost by way of over identification with words or dogma that keep believers in the prison of the personal sense of separation (I am) since the time of the Age of Enlightenment.
This sense of separation intensified since that time when the collective Western mind adopted the mantra of the French philosopher Rene Descartes (1596 – 1650) who declared, “I think therefore I am.”
Thus, the collective Western mind got locked into the limitation of the personal mind that has led to a deepening disconnect from the Universal Mind (I AM) leading to a disconnect from the natural world.
The result of this disconnect is the deep spiritual and environmental crises we see facing the world.
The Father of Yoga the Sage Patanjali defined Yoga in different ways. One of the key ways was, “Yoga is the modification of the mind.”
I wonder how many Yoga teaching sessions whatever path or style practiced really ever touch on the subject of the “modifications of the mind” which is at the core of the teachings of Yoga and also at the core of the teachings of Christianity.
The Master Jesus Christ touched on such modifications of the mind when he stated.
Therefore, I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? – Matthew 6:25
The Master asks, “Is not life more than meat and the body more than raiment?”
Most of the Yoga practices taught in the West whether Christian or not focus on the body and rarely addresses the key spiritual practice of, “Take no thought.”
How many students do you think you might have as a teacher of Christian Yoga if as part of your program you promised students they would learn how to stop thinking. I suspect not too many.
However, the Master Jesus Christ very definitely give these instructions, “Give no thought.”
As with many such instructions they are ignored by the established Church and so are never shared with those who attend such established Church.
In this way the Christian believer, yoga practitioner, teacher loses the experience of real freedom. This is the freedom that is experienced from the renewal of your mind beyond the limitation of personal thought.