For the longest time I have struggled to articulate why I am not into yoga and even recall one time I tried [and failed] to explain my reasons to a yoga practising friend. I remember stumbling/stuttering over my explanation which made no sense, leaving my friend clearly confused and leaving me too confused. Still, I never did jump on the yoga bandwagon/trajectory that the world plus its friends, neighbours and colleagues seemed to have hopped onto. Mostly because something about it just never sat right with me. Perhaps it was because of the unidentifiable chanting it involved or the emptying of the mind part of it that I remember my Sunday School teacher challenging with the comment ‘if you empty your mind, what do you allow into it?’. Hmmm, perhaps. And while I do get the meditative/well-being appeal of yoga, I equally get that not everything that seems good is of God.
Saying that, I have finally found an answer (thanks be to this Should Christians Do Yoga? post on cbn.com) for anyone wondering why I am not into yoga: because quite simply its origins are in Hindu practises that contradict my Christian faith. Simple.
So with that said below are 3 keep fit classes/workouts if like me you are just not into yoga, whatever your reasons may be:
Described as ‘the Christian alternative to yoga’, this is actually a real thing people, created by Laurette Willis. I have no clue who she is either but the lowdown of PraiseMoves is that you meditate on scripture while you move and stretch your body into certain positions/postures such as ‘Mount Zion’ or ‘The Vine’. I have yet to try it myself but google ‘PraiseMoves’ and it will bring up a bunch of videos by Laurette and her PraiseMoves team. Sidenote: I did watch a couple which I found totally uninspiring probably bc her videos kinda look like they were produced right out of the 1980s (despite being made in the noughties) but not in cool nostalgic ‘80s way but in an outdated expired way.
If like me you are into hula-hooping then a Hula-Fit class may be right up your I’m-not-into-yoga-but-am-into-keeping-fit street. I have tried a class once before and it involved doing a range of pretty difficult moves while swirling a *weighted* hula hoop around your waste. Warning: you may think a hula hoop class = fun ‘n’ games but just wait until the next day when your abdomen wakes up a-c-h-i-n-g, which is what I painfully experienced. FYI I did actually google ‘origins of hula-hooping’ just in case it brought up anything suspect/questionable but thankfully hula-hooping became a thing in the 1950s and was marketed as a toy. Phew.
I am not entirely sure whether this is even considered an exercise but surely jumping up and down on a 4by4 square/circular patch of stretchy latex-like material that propels you into the air has some form of health benefit no? Perhaps it is more a low intensity sport definitely not by Olympic standards but by this-is-what-they-made-us-do-in-primary-slash-secondary-school-for-PE-classes (that’s Physical Education for the unlearned) standards. I should really of sought the advice of some sort of sporty fitness person about this one but since I did not bother: my advice is to try it out anyway, even if it’s more for fun than fitness.