Serita Jakes, wife of popular televangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes, has reignited debate over the practice of yoga among Christians after she shared a series of photos showing members of a women’s group at The Potter’s House of Dallas enjoying a “taste of yoga” as a part of a healthy living endeavor.
“Today, we aspired to inspire #health mentally, emotionally, and physically. Our ladies even got a taste of #yoga from @Mrs_BrittHall. Health goes beyond what you eat. It’s in the way you think, speak, and live. Thank you to all of the lovely sister girls that came to play with us! I love you. #AspireToInspire #W2W#EmotionalWellnessMatters,” Jakes wrote in a post on Instagram that was also shared on other social media platforms such as Facebook.
The post sparked debate with critics saying it’s wrong for Christians to practice yoga.
In defense, an Instagram user named Cecilia Echevarria, who indicated she participated in the event, said it was “very inspiring.”
“We learn on how different ways to enjoy yoga in a Christian perspective. Thank you,” she wrote.
😇 Today, we aspired to inspire #health mentally, emotionally, and physically. Our ladies even got a taste of #yoga from @Mrs_BrittHall. Health goes beyond what you eat. It’s in the way you think, speak, and live. 💕Thank you to all of the lovely sister girls that came to play with us! 😘I love you. #AspireToInspire #W2W #EmotionalWellnessMatters
The Christian Post reached out to Jakes’ women’s group for comment on Friday but she was not immediately available.
A group of Christians who support yoga called Christians Practicing Yoga and have been meeting since 2001, argue that “the practice of yoga reminds us of the biblical basis for a Christian high theology of the body.”
While yoga was developed in India in a primarily Hindu culture, the group says, it was intended as a universal human practice and can be used as a good health exercise for Christians.
“Where the body is concerned, Christianity has by and large not walked its talk. It has resisted the radical nature of its own good news. On the one hand, it has the highest theological evaluation of the body amongst all the religions of the world, and on the other hand, it has given little attention to the body’s role in the spiritual life in positive terms. High theology; low practice,” the group explains.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair