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July 22, 2017

Should Christians Practice Yoga?

Is yoga a healthy form of exercise - or a pagan practice steeped in Hinduism? On this episode of Up For Debate, Julie Roys will discuss the issue with Laurette Willis, the founder of Praise Moves, who says yoga is a gateway to New Age and Eastern Religions. Challenging her perspective is Bonnie Meyer, the founder of a Christian-based yoga ministry in Lincoln, Nebraska. Don't miss the discussion this Saturday at 11 AM Central Time on Up For Debate!



Laurette Willis
Laurette Willis

Laurette Willis

Laurette Willis is the Director of PraiseMoves Fitness Ministry. She has helped thousands of people lose weight, regain health and become "Fit Witnesses for Christ in spirit, soul and body." Laurette has two TV shows, "PraiseMoves" and "PraiseMoves Kids", as well as Christian Fitness books, DVDs and CDs.

Bonnie Meyer
Bonnie Meyer

Bonnie Meyer

Bonnie Meyer is the owner of Studio 4:8 Yoga, a Christian-based yoga ministry in Lincoln, Nebraska. Meyer is a certified yoga teacher specializing in working with people with developmental disabilities. She believes that Christian yoga allows participants to be aware of the natural state of their bodies while worshipping Christ.

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Julie Roys

Julie Roys has become a trusted voice on the Moody Radio Network, earning an audience through her reasoned and biblical discernment of difficult cultural issues.  Since 2012, Julie has been hosting Up For Debate , a show that initially launched on WMBI in Chicago, but now airs on about 150 stations nationwide.  Julie also is a sought-after speaker and blogger and has written articles for WORLD Magazine, Christian Post, Boundless, Good News Magazine, and the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Family Channel. Julie came to Moody Radio in 2007, after taking a 13-year hiatus from broadcasting to raise her children and serve in youth ministry. Prior to that, Julie worked as a TV news reporter for a CBS affiliate in Indiana and as a newswriter for WGN-TV and Fox News in Chicago.  She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, and a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Julie and her husband, Neal, live in the Chicago suburbs and have three children.

Up for Debate

Many issues are not debatable within orthodox Christianity—the virgin birth, the veracity of the Scripture, the bodily resurrection of Christ. However, some issues are. For example: Can a Christian join the military and support a war? Should Christians advocate for environmental causes? Is it okay to use in-vitro fertilization? Up For Debate seeks to equip believers to discern these debatable matters by engaging biblically with people holding diverse opinions. Each week, host Julie Roys invites two guests onto the one-hour program to defend opposing views. She also encourages listeners to call in and add their comments and questions. The views expressed on Up For Debate do not always represent those of Moody Bible Institute. However, Moody wholeheartedly affirms the means the show uses to evaluate these views. Like the Bereans mentioned in Acts, Julie and her guests examine the Scriptures, seeking which positions most closely align with God’s Word. By doing so, Up For Debate develops in listeners what British essayist Samuel Johnson termed “expert discernment”—the ability “to tell the good from the bad” and “the genuine from the counterfeit.”