Judaism & Yoga

Alon emails: Hi Luke,

Via google, I came across a piece you wrote last year comparing Kundalini Yoga to Orthodox Judaism.

As an orthodox Jew who is considering yoga as a means toward greater spirituality, I was curious to know where that search took you.

Did you continue with the yoga? Were you able to find spirituality within Judaism? Were you able to resolve the conflict? I get conflicting messages. My own mind tells me that this is a powerful path toward self realization, but I have also been warned by a very spiritual and mystical rabbi that everything I am looking for is in our religion, and that the rest is “tamay”.

What are your thoughts?

Luke says: I think that yoga, from a Torah perspective, is “strange fire.” I still go almost every day but I feel very ambivalent. I don’t feel like it is in line with my Orthodox Judaism. I can see the day coming when I will stop going to yoga and go to shul more often. I feel like I am dallying with another religion by going to yoga so much.

On the other hand, I find that Alexander Technique is perfectly fine by Orthodox Judaism (well, maybe not the stuff where you work with the opposite sex).

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been followed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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