Christians often fold hands in the prayer position during devotion. But did you know that folding our hands this way was first done to honor the Hindu god Shiva long before the Bible?
That doesn’t mean you should stop folding your hands in this position, as it’s just a physical gesture to humble ourselves in worship. What matters is where your heart is, and who you’re offering yourself to.
The same is true with yoga and qigong. My grandmother really wanted to do yoga, but worried it might be anti-Christian. The truth is, unless you are dedicating your stretches and devotions to some foreign entity, then you are free to offer your exercises and meditations to the Lord Jesus.
After all, God created us in his image, says the Bible. And that image didn’t include all the surgeries and pharmaceuticals of modern medicine. Yet, many Christians would rather ingest chemicals produced in labs and have organs surgically removed than practice a foreign exercise that might restore their body to the glory of God’s image.
I find it ironic, and very sad, because Christians should be in the best health, as fit bodies serve and exemplify God better.