Could never quite figure out how maneuvering your body into the crouching cricket position brings you any closer to God.
I’d rather pray and not worry about physically stretching something out of shape.
Hopefully after praying I’ll stretch spiritually.
I don’t know how well I can explain it but I’ll give it a shot. Yoga postures, in and of themselves, do not bring me any closer to God. The postures by themselves are merely exercise. Yoga is much more than twisting and stretching and assuming various poses. Through the physical postures, proper breathing and meditation (prayer is a form of meditation) I make my body and mind fit for the spirit. In a way, my body is my temple to the Lord, a place of worship I carry with me wherever I go. Additionally, there are other facets of Yoga that provide a framework for right living, compassion for all living things as well as devotion and service to the Lord.
Yoga can be very spiritual but it is not a religion. In the practice of Yoga, I am free to follow my own faith and worship as I please. By quieting my mind, I hope that in the resulting silence, I will find greater clarity, stretch spiritually and be more open to grace.