After reading through the "Orthodoxy and martial arts" thread, I can see that much of what has been said there could apply to this thread. However, I am wondering if any would be interested in speaking directly to the value or lack of it in the practice of yoga (in terms of the postures and breathing viz. physical/psychological benefits void of contrary Indian philosophy), or even just an understanding of the chakras in the life of an Orthodox Christian.
I have done a search of these terms here on monachos and can see that there has been some very negative writing on the subject which has implied that these things have no place in the life of an Orthodox Christian, and I have seen some more liberal views, and some others that strike a more middle of the road position.
I can find little information on yoga from Orthodox sources, and I can find zero information on the chakras from patristic or monastic, or any Orthodox sources. So possibly with questions such as this one, there is no clear answer about this. But, again after reading the martial arts thread I feel compelled to initiate this one in hopes of at least clarifying/illuminating this subject somewhat.
Edited by Rick H., 03 June 2008 - 12:33 PM.
correcting spelling of the word "benefits"