Excerpts from

 Gimmie Yoga, a Burger and Fries

By Ray Gano, May 2006


This week I had yet another new shock to the system. While standing in line to order a Number 3 meal at the local McDonalds®, I noticed an interesting new promotion that is taking place. They now have Adult Happy Meal. This is pretty cool because the kids always got some pretty neat toys. The adult meal also comes with a prize, but I was kind of shocked when I found out what it is… a DVD on Yoga.  
Well on my bag for my Big Mac®, I found a handy URL telling me more about this and I checked it out.
Here is what they say… 

15 Minutes of Sane
Feeling stressed? Try Yoga. It helps relax the mind and rejuvenate the body and spirit. Plus, it's great for improving flexibility.
Your exclusive McDonald's® Yourself!Fitness® Yoga DVD offers four different 15 minute workouts to help improve your mood and your energy level. You can customize your Yoga workout by choosing a language, difficulty level and your area of focus – flexibility, stress relief, balance or strength. (1)

The eastern thought of New Age mentality is not only entering the burger joints of America, but it has made a strong entrenchment in a place not as suspecting… our churches today.

Christian yoga - the marriage of the ancient practice of exercise, breathing techniques and meditation with Christian spirituality - is exploding in popularity. Organizations that certify Christian yoga instructors are seeing an increase in enrollment, and classes with an openly Christian focus are popping up in churches and studios across the country.

Christian yoga is also a thriving business. Boon will release a Holy Yoga DVD set later this year that has already been picked up for distribution by the Home Shopping Network and QVC. Yahweh Yoga plans to franchise throughout the Valley, co-founder DeAnna Smothers said. (2)

It amazes me today that so many New Age / eastern occultist practices are entering the church today under so many guises. And you know what; it's easy. All you have to do is slap the word “Christian” on it and WHAMMO, its gotta be good and right with God, because it’s “CHRISTIAN.”
I have been reading many of the sites that promote Christian yoga and they fight tooth and nail to make yoga seem ok.

The Outstretched philosophy is simple: we believe God will bless our sincere efforts at deepening a relationship with Him. He wants our fellowship and appreciates creative approaches to seeking His face. This is why Outstretched is dedicated to a Christ-centered pursuit of physical healing and spiritual growth through a practice of yoga.

This Christian approach to yoga simply allows us to combine these two essential goals: becoming physically healthy and spiritually healthy. We become more spiritually healthy through the yoga practice by calming our minds and quieting ourselves to the point that we can tune out the world's frequency and tune into God's frequency. (3)

So what is Yoga?

The word YOGA means UNION, the union of the physical self with the spiritual self, a tricky concept to grasp. Yoga is one of the six fundamental systems of Indian thought collectively known as Darsana, it has it's origins in pre Vedic times, the oldest record of Indian culture and in the view of some considered sources, believed to have arisen at the beginning of human civilization itself.
It was not until 200 B.C. (There is uncertainty surrounding this date) that it was organized into a system in the classic treatise The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali which, though only a brief text of ten pages, managed to embody the essence of practical wisdom, bearing witness to Patanjali's transcendence. (4)

You can do more research on the origins of Yoga, and they all say the same thing. It is a Hindu religious practice and is one of the ORTHODOX systems of Indian thought known as Darsana. In this research you will not find Moses bringing the practice down from a mountain top no matter how hard you look. Yoga is an eastern religion. These people pushing some sort of Christian form are strongly deceived. ...
In order to understand where New Ageres / eastern occultists are coming from we must understand the heart of the movement. It is pretty simple to sum up. The god of the New Age / eastern occultism is one where all is god and all is one. So not only are we part of the all, the New Agers / eastern occultists believe that we are also god. It is a form of monism and pantheism all rolled up into a nice anything goes package. So with that said; god is good and bad, light and dark, male and female, salt and pepper. The New Age god is an impersonal god, that is because every rock, stick, flower, bug, person sitting next to you is all part of god and is god.
The God of the Bible though is a loving caring personal God. He sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for us and to atone for our sins.
Here is what God’s Word says…
Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rev 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
I would encourage you to not delay in receiving Christ as you Savior today if you have not already done so. He died for your sins, and rose from the dead. He offers you eternal life, but that's your choice to make. I hope you will consider doing that today.
Sinners Prayer:

Father in Heaven, I know that I am a sinner in need of a savior. I need your forgiveness through Jesus Christ who died on the cross just for me to cover the sins that I have committed against you. Please forgive me of my sins and come into my heart. I want to live for you Lord Jesus and from this day forward be known as a Child of God. Thank you for forgiving my sins and coming into my life, in Jesus’ wonderful name. Amen

If you are a Christian, but have fallen away from the Lord, come back to Him. Our Heavenly Father is a good and loving Father. Just ask and commune with Him. You see, He never left your side, we just left Him. Reach out and renew your relationship with Jesus Christ our Savior today.

If I can be of any help in answering any questions, please contact me at ray.gano@prophezine.com

Ray & Tracye Gano are the Executive Directors of Prophezine. Prophezine deals with Bible Prophecy and World Events from a Pre-trib, pre-millennial, dispensationalist stand point. They currently serve close to 20,000+ (and growing) people world wide with a weekly newsletter, daily news updates, community based website and internet radio show. Please visit Prophezine by going to http://www.prophezine.com


1 - http://mcdonalds3.promotions.com/yourselffitness/page.do?page=yoga.html
2- http://www.azcentral.com/community/ahwatukee/articles/0928ar-christianyoga28-ON.html#
3- http://www.christianyoga.us/home.htm
4 - http://www.omshop.com/aboutyoga_origin.asp