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Is Yoga The Devil's Subterfuge?

According to an article in the March/April edition of Christian Woman Magazine entitled, "The Truth About Yoga," yes. The article tells the tale of Laurette Willis, whose 22 year long involvement in a "New Age lifestyle" turned her into a depressed alcoholic prone to wanton acts of carnality. And if you don't get out of that lotus position right away, the article suggests, it can happen to you, too.

Willis removed herself from the Devil's yoga mat when she was born-again. Now, she spends her time warning bible-believing Christians about the dangers of yoga, including the seemingly harmless kind offered at shopping mall health clubs. Here are a few of her scariest revelations:

"Yoga’s breathing techniques (pranayama) may seem stress-relieving, yet they can be an open door to psychic influences..."

"The relaxation and visualization session at the end of yoga classes is skillfully designed to “empty the mind” and can open one up to unwholesome spiritual influences."

"Many words commonly used in yoga pay homage to Hindu deities."

Frightened yet? If so, you might want to check out Willis's website, PraiseMoves.com, where she promotes "a Christian alternative to yoga." There, you'll learn moves like "The Eagle," which is certainly not a warmed-over yoga move, but rather, a position explicitly prescribed by the bible verse, Isaiah 40:31: "But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles."

To see a demonstration of Willis's exercises, just send her $10 for a book, $19.95 for a video, or $24.95 for a DVD. There is a $100 minimum for wholesale orders. All major credit cards accepted.

Because even a failed New Ager's gotta eat.