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Holy Yoga: Exercise. for the Christian Body and Soul [Kindle Edition]

Brooke Boon
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Book Description

People often equate yoga with
Eastern religion, but Brooke Boon
sees it as an exercise style that
Christians can use to generate patience,
strength, and deeper worship.
Author and yoga instructor
Brooke Boon combines her passion
for Christianity with her commitment
to health to introduce yoga as
a physical and spiritual discipline
that strengthens the body and the
soul. Clear explanations and photographs
make yoga accessible for
any reader, and Brooke offers customized
routines for readers struggling
with specific issues, such as
weight loss and anxiety. Through it all Brooke uses scriptural
references to help reinforce the idea that by taking
care of our bodies we can also take care of our faith.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Evangelical Christians are not often very enthusiastic about yoga, dismissing it as irrelevant at best and Satanic at worst. But for Boon, an Arizona yoga teacher who is the founder of the Holy Yoga ministry, yoga is a worship tool to enhance her relationship with Christ. Although Boon's writing is primitive and breathless, with excessive use of italics and exclamation points, she offers some decent ideas and memorable spiritual quotes from the likes of Eugene Peterson, Lauren Winner and Richard Foster. Boon first outlines the theological reasons for yoga practice, likening it to ancient Christian disciplines like fasting. This section can seem defensive and apologetic at times, as Boon expends energy answering her evangelical critics. Part two briefly highlights yoga as a healthy lifestyle (e.g., it can improve circulation, relieve stress and maintain a healthy weight) and offers tips on incorporating yoga into a neophyte's regular routine. The final, longest section presents various postures, with black-and-white illustrations. However, the instructions are brief and vague enough that Christians who are new to yoga will definitely want to supplement their fledgling practice with more detailed, step-by-step information, such as that contained in traditional yoga books or Susan Bordenkicher's more thorough Yoga for Christians. Note: DVD and photo insert not seen by PW. (Aug. 23)
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About the Author

Brooke Boon lives in
Phoenix, Arizona.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1326 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; Pap/DVD edition (June 27, 2009)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BVLR5S
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new focus combining Christian worship and yoga August 20, 2007
Brooke Boon, founder of Holy Yoga, a ministry introducing people to yoga as a form of Christian worship, has written a passionate defense of the subject in Holy Yoga: Exercise for the Christian Body and Soul. Boon is an ardent champion of teaching believers to "practice the presence of God" through the physical practice of yoga which includes postures, breathing and meditation.

The first two sections of the book include chapters on the history of yoga; answering objections to yoga (such as yoga can't be separated from the Hindu religion); using focused breathing to more effectively meditate upon Scripture; and the benefits of yoga for physical health. The third section of the book gives clear instructions for the many and varied postures used in yoga, along with line drawings to illustrate.

Throughout the book, Boon uses Scriptural references to reaffirm Holy Yoga's intent: clearing the mind of everything except Jesus to facilitate the surrendering of our thoughts and wills to Christ. In this fast-paced and stressful society, prayer and studying the Word of God can be difficult because we are so easily distracted. Through the practice of Holy Yoga, Boon demonstrates that an attitude of continual prayer is a more attainable goal than we think.

I've appreciated the physical aspects of yoga for some time, using The Firm's Power Yoga DVD in my regular workouts. Through practicing Holy Yoga, I look forward to not only enhancing my physical health, but also drawing closer to the Lord through more focused time meditating on Scripture. If you are tired of the seemingly urgent things of life that clutter your mind, and desire a deeper walk with God instead, then I recommend you read Holy Yoga.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Most Christians don't expect to hear these two words in the same breath - "Christian" and "yoga". What would it be like? Can there really be such a thing? And more importantly, should there be such a thing? Brooke Boon answers the skeptics and enthusiasts alike in this ground breaking book/dvd combo.

Yoga is a practice that has endured the ages, and it can be practiced in several genres. But Brooke Boon has developed a new one. She calls Holy Yoga "body prayer". It was designed as a physical expression of worship through movement, prayer, breath work, and Scripture. But Christians, to whom Boon is obviously speaking, are usually uncomfortable incorporating their bodies with anything spiritual. After all, we are supposed to crucify our flesh, right?

After making a compelling case for Holy Yoga and debunking the standard objections and fears with Scriptures and the quotes of numerous theologians, she explains the physical aspects and benefits of her practice. An integral part of which is Scriptural meditation. Just the word meditation conjures up images of eastern gurus and mantras for most of us. But scriptural meditation? It seems God had the idea of meditation in the first place, according to the Bible, and other religions have adopted the idea over the centuries. Unfortunately, according to Boone, the Church has fearfully thrown the meditation-baby out with the bath water.

I was most intrigued by Boon's picture of Scriptural meditation. She explains clearly and simply how to do it. One benefit to this training is the ability to concentrate on the Lord when praying, rather than finding you've spent the last ten minutes of prayer thinking about what to have for dinner. Does mental self control have immeasurable spiritual benefits?
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Gratitude! October 4, 2007
Where do I begin? Holy Yoga is an answer to prayer. I was a "yogini" for many years and as a Chrisitian, I found traditional Yoga conflicted by beliefs. I loved the energy, stregnth and flexibility I gained from Yoga, but I in my heart I wanted to find a way to link my Christian values with the physical benefits of yoga. Holy Yoga does that seamlessly and beautifully. Brooke is one of the most loving and encouraging people I have known. I invite you to take this journey with all of us who have found this beautiful path.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One man's hamburger is another girls HOLY! October 4, 2007
I have been a practitioner of yoga for over 10 years. Attending secular yoga was always a very compromising situation for myself as a Christian. I loved the physical aspects, hated the spiritual. God answered my prayers when I found Brooke Boon and this book Holy Yoga.
Read this book! Put it into practice and decide for youself. Don't let anyones opinion keep you from the reality of God. Can you pray to God, worhsip God and be in His presence through such a thing as Yoga and be transformed in the process? My answer is an emphatic ABOSLUTELY!! This book has the ability to change the way you read, think, pray and live the word of God.
Holy Yoga invites you to live out Mark 12:30 when Jesus calls us to "Love the Lord your God with all our heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. "
Take God out of the box you have been keeping Him in! God doesn't work well when you put boundareis on Him. His love and grace is with you always.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marriage made in heaven November 9, 2007
Holy Yoga authenticates and provides creditiblity to what I knew in my heart all along...that not only can Christianity and yoga coexist, but that they BELONG together. I can't imagine yoga without Christ at the center any longer! Brooke does an amazing job of addressing the objections with a bold and biblical "case" for the holiness of yoga. In addition, she provides outstanding instruction of this amazing physical worship experience in terms both non-yogis and yogis alike can understand. The DVD is just icing on the cake. I look forward to a time when Holy Yoga classes will be readily available everywhere! Holy Yoga: Exercise. for the Christian Body and Soul
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love this book insightful!
Published 9 days ago by angela hinds
5.0 out of 5 stars deeply satisfying spiritual practice
I began attending yoga classes to help heal my joints injured from too much tennis. What I found was excellent physical exercise and a wonderful way to pray, meditate and worship... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing!
Don't listen to any negatvity out there about Holy Yoga. If you celebrate Christmas then you know all things can be redeemed by Him and for Him. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mamaoftwoboys
5.0 out of 5 stars Love how it God is at the center!
I love the "Holy Yoga" being Christ centered and 1st, I have never done yoga but always wanted to and found this book very educational and inspirational!!!
Published 6 months ago by Erica L. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for any Christian who practices yoga
Brooke gives you the background on yoga that most Christians need to understand. She also has pictures and descriptions of poses so you can get a better idea of how to get into... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jessica R Schley
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful program.
This is a great book/DVD. It promotes flexibility and has great moves. It is relaxing. It takes about an hour to do.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What I Was Looking For
Great book on Yoga. Great way to explain how Yoga can be done if you are a Christian with zero conflicts with your faith. Good descriptions. Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. Panick
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Beautiful blend of Christian meditation opportunities coupled with outstanding instruction on alignment and form for yoga positions. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kathryn Romero
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected
I expected different yoga routines not just 5 different meditations and the same routine. The meditations are lovely, but I think the routine will get old. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Beth s
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD "classes"!
Totally am enjoying the DVD that comes in the book. Book has pictures of poses too. Great for my home workouts.
Published 18 months ago by Terrie Tully
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