No Yoga for Christians?
A Southern Baptist theologian is calling on Christians to forego yoga.
Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler says the stretching and meditative discipline derived from Eastern religions is not a Christian pathway to God.
Mohler said he objects to "the idea that the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine."
Joan Goldsmith of Jacksonville, Florida is a Christian and a yoga participant for 9 years.
"The Bible says your body is a temple of God. You should exercise and keep it looking good. God is a part of my whole day, he's everywhere, I do everything with him looking over me I hope. I see no contradiction at all," said Goldsmith.
Alyson Foreacre is a yoga instructor.
She says if you choose to make it a spiritual practice then it is up to you.
"Teachers are not guiding people away from spiritual faith, that is absolutely not the case and I have been in thousands of classes," said Foreacre. "It has given me a greater sense of faith by far and I have seen it over and over again on the floor. I know if it can help me it can help anyone."