Thanks so much for your input. Well you were there and lived the New Age lifestyle so you of all people would be able to warn others about the dangers of New Age.
Yes, you are right. Satan is very deceptive and therefore uses innocent looking means to get to us.
I struggled with this for a long time. I am very into organic and wholistic lifestyle (for health reasons) and many, actually most people that you encounter are New Agey or very into Eastern religions. Not many Christians. NOwadays, there are more Christians into alternative medicine but about 15-20 yrs ago, not too much.
I've prayed about doing yoga because my first instructor was really into Eastern mysticism. So I did not pursue it then. But this year, my best friend who is as Christian started teaching Therapeutic Yoga with just postures and no meditation, just teaching proper breathing and various postures that adress specific illnesses or organs that need some help.
like for example, if i become constipated, i do the yoga posture that helps move the bowels. when my kids start getting a cold, i have them do a yoga posture (the lion) to boost their circulation and immune system.
so i continue to pray about it. And I keep close to God at all times.
So far, I have felt at peace about it. I feel my body growing stronger. and overall i feel better!
but I definitely understand your concerns. you are certainly not being legalistic.