You might be asking what does yoga have to do with Christian Science? The answer, of course, is “Nothing!” However some of our younger Church members, as well as those not so young, seem to be getting confused about this and are promoting it as something that can lead to peace and God.
This position is fraught with peril.
Let me explain.
Yoga is rooted in the religious/philosophical practices of Buddhism and Hinduism—both of which are antipodal to Christian Science in every conceivable way. They present a false sense of spirituality whereby their adherents, many of whom are no doubt well-meaning individuals, think they are following a spiritual path by gazing inwardly through the brain/body (human consciousness) for enlightenment—something that neither can provide since they are material concepts and thereby inherently false—instead of looking outwardly to God, the one and only Mind in Whom “we live, and move, and have our being.” (Acts 17:28) The sensations produced upon the devotees feign bliss and peace while actually causing the individual to fall more deeply into the dream of mortal existence.
Now you might be thinking: “Well, I’m just doing yoga for exercise. There’s nothing wrong with that!”
That’s your choice, of course, but you need to be aware of the fire that you’re playing with. Each of the movements/gestures is imbued with millennia of so-called spiritual significance and thought—thought that millions around the globe are still investing it with. Thought that cannot be divorced from it. And thought that can wrongfully influence you away from the ability to experience and practice the healing power of Christian Science.
The biblical tree of the knowledge of good and evil has many fruits—all of which we would do well to avoid!