E.W. Jackson, a  Christian minister and lawyer who is running to become Lieutenant Governor in the US state of Virginia, has previously warned of what he sees as the dangers of yoga.

“The purpose of such meditation is to empty oneself..[Satan] is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it. That is why people serve Satan without ever knowing it or deciding to…”

He warns: “Beware of systems of spirituality which tell you to empty yourself. You will end up filled with something you probably do not want.”

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“These positions are teaching postures with a spiritual purpose….Christians who practice yoga are embracing, or at minimum flirting with, a spiritual practice that threatens to transform their own spiritual lives into a “post-Christian, spiritually polyglot” reality.”

The claims, from Jackson’s book ‘Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life: Making Your Dreams Come True’, published in 2008, were brought up by Betsy Woodruff of the National Review, in an article amusingly entitled ‘Virginia’s Republican Lt. Gov. Candidate Wrote an Interesting Book.’