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Holy Yoga: Exercise. for the Christian Body and Soul by [Boon, Brooke]
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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: 2052 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; Pap/DVD edition (June 2, 2009)
  • Publication Date: June 27, 2009
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BVLR5S
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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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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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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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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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Loved it! Will be reading again and again! And I will continue to use this book for future reference!

I love how Brooke was able to really capture her personal experience between her physical yoga practice and her authentic living relationship with our Lord! Her love for the Lord and her relatability made this book an enlightening page Turner!!

I am so very thankful and blessed to have stumbled upon Brooke Boon & Holy Yoga!! I am so thrilled to say I am currently enrolled in Holy Yoga's teacher training program!! It's been a little over a month since I started and I have truly enjoyed every moment!! I'm learning more and more about God, my faith, and myself.. physically, mentally and spiritually! Holy yoga has shown me a group of incredible people who genuinely love God and love and encourage other believers and non believers alike!! Thank God!!

So thankful for such an amazing community to look up to and learn from!! Thank you Brooke Boon & Holy Yoga team for all that you do!! You have all already touched my life in ways I can't begin to describe!!

So back to the book review.. if you're new to yoga or experienced..this book is easy to understand and you'll learn something new. I know I learned a bunch of new things and I've been practicing for 4 years now!!

As for the Christian perspective.. I am new, brand new, to my walk with the Lord and this book felt like the most authentic, honest, pure expression of one woman's love for God and how she brought her personal relationship with the Lord into her physical yoga practice!!

Truly inspiring!! And I loved all of the scripture sprinkled throughout the book! With Holy Yoga I can feel Christ at the center of it and the main focus.

I look forward to learning more and following Christ with this like spirited tribe!!
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