Should a Christian Practice Yoga?
Christianity and Yoga are opposed to one another because Yoga is Hinduism. A Christian cannot separate the spiritual aspect attached to the practice of Yoga because the goal of Yoga is psychospiritual. Yoga means "union." The ultimate goal of Yoga is to become one with the impersonal spirit of the Universe. Historically, the goal of Yoga is not to be more flexible or healthier, it is realizing that you are identical with God. There are many people who will boast about the positive effects of doing Yoga. However, experience and results do not determine the truth. Regardless, if you or others have experienced benefits from practicing Yoga, you are breaking the second commandment by participating in idolatry.
In the above screenshot Journey claims that we are able to unite with God in a deeper way through the practice of yoga. However, according to the Bible, the way God has united or reconciled God to mankind is through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus. Here, Journey (or the writer of their YogaFaith page) is claiming that Christ is not enough. Therefore, they must adopt a mystical practice to become so-called united with God in a deeper way.
If you are born again (John 3:3), then you already have the Creator (God the Holy Spirit) dwelling within you, and you are sealed with him. If you are a Christian and are abiding in Christ you do not need to take up a pagan practice to become closer to God. The way to have a deeper relationship with God is through obedience to him and allowing him to sanctify you.
Your primary purpose as a Christian is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength & to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 23:36-39). If you claim to be a follower of Jesus Christ your focus should be on eternity and others not pursuing a practice just because it makes you feel good (Mark 16:15, Lk. 14:23, Matt. 28:19-20).
Journey Community Church and YogaFaith
"Is Yoga a religion that denies Jesus Christ? Yes. Just as Christianity denies the Hindu MahaDevas such as Siva, Vishnu, Durga and Krishna, to name a few, Hinduism and its many Yogas have nothing to do with God and Jesus (though we do respect that others believe in this way). As Hindus who live the Yogic lifestyle, we appreciate when others understand that all of Yoga is all about the Hindu religion. Modern so-called 'yoga' is dishonest to Hindus and to all non-Hindus such as the Christians." - Classical Yoga Hindu Academy