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  • Hungry Bodies, Hungry Souls: What does Yoga have to offer to Christians? — Christians Practicing Yoga
    Yoga have to offer to Christians Christians Practicing Yoga August 10 2015 Hungry Bodies Hungry Souls What does Yoga have to offer to Christians Christians Practicing Yoga August 10 2015 Jennifer Tufts Yoga is the yoking the union of body mind and spirit My mind and my spirit were on one track the spiritual journey of following Christ but my body was not along for the ride A wise yoga teacher gently led me back into my body about 6 years ago She did it by being non judgmental and patient and by trusting in yoga itself to reconnect body and spirit I don t even know when exactly I had lost my way and separated from my body but it s awfully good to be home again You could say my body was lost but now it is found and reunited with mind and spirit in the worship of God This is the story of one Christian who was captured by the practice of yoga I am not alone When the Bible says that the body is the temple of the Lord it means the body is the temple of the Lord Not the church building not the synagogue the human body Each morning we wake up with the opportunity and the need to reconnect to God Yoga was developed as a spiritual discipline A quick tour of Yogic philosophy is striking in that Jesus is revered as a great teacher and spiritual leader It need not detract from our understanding of the unique and ordained message of Christ s life and his death to view scriptures through a different religious and cultural lens Rather we find new and meaningful insights that only deepen our appreciation of Jesus words It is only fear that could keep us from seeking to know Jesus better and scripture teaches us that perfect love casts out fear Paramahansa Yogananda s book The Second Coming of Christ brings new light to Jesus teachings from the viewpoint of a practitioner of yoga We must know Jesus as an Oriental Eastern Christ a supreme yogi who manifested full mastery of the universal science of God union and thus could speak and act as a savior with the voice and authority of God He has been Westernized too much Jesus was an Oriental by birth and blood and training To separate a teacher from the background of his nationality is to blur the understanding through which he is perceived No matter what Jesus the Christ was himself as regards his own soul being born and maturing in the Orient East he had to use the medium of Oriental civilization customs mannerisms language parables in spreading his message Pg 90 91 As a young Christian I was taught to spend time each morning to read the Word of God pray and be quiet as the spiritual foundation of each day No one mentioned bringing the body into that quiet time Physical exercise was not something my Christian teachers

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  • Christian Yoga: The Lost Teachings of Jean-Marie Déchanet — Christians Practicing Yoga
    God Breathing in the Neshamah Yoga and Meditation as a College Course Why I Fell in Love with Yoga How We Started our Christian Yoga Practice Why I Teach Yoga from a Christian Perspective Blog About Us Who We Are Mission History Get Involved Contributors Contact Christians Practicing Yoga Learn Overview Our Perspective History of Yoga and Christianity Can Yoga Help Me Pray Is Yoga a Religion The Eight Limbs of Yoga Are Yamas and Niyamas the same as the Commandments Is Pranayama compatible with Christianity What is the Christian Perspective on the Energy Body What is Christian Meditation What does chanting OM mean Additional Reading Discern Why Discern Is yoga right for me Can yoga help a Christian pray Chanting Kundalini Energy Reincarnation Practice Finding a yoga class Home Practice Christian Meditation Lectio Divina Find a Teacher Teacher Trainings Retreats and Workshops Personal Stories Saying yes Why I Teach and Practice Yoga and Jesus Body and Bread Yoga Deepened my Relationship with God Breathing in the Neshamah Yoga and Meditation as a College Course Why I Fell in Love with Yoga How We Started our Christian Yoga Practice Why I Teach Yoga from a Christian Perspective Blog About Us

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  • Blog — Christians Practicing Yoga
    as a meditation on joy March 30 2016 Renee Yoga and Easter As I ve been editing and posting Father Clooney s reflections on Lent and the Yoga Sutras for the past few weeks I ve been struck again by how much the practice of yoga prepares the body for prayer and meditation for being still before God March 26 2016 Christians Practicing Yoga Yoga and Lent VIII The Samadhi of Jesus Fr Clooney s Yoga and Lent series concludes with a Holy Saturday reflection on samadhi alongside Jesus death and resurrection March 16 2016 Christians Practicing Yoga Yoga and Lent VI Sit Breathe Let Go We might consider that an excellent Lenten practice even for its last weeks would be to sit and breathe and let that breathing dispel illusions about what and who we are Christians Practicing Yoga August 3 2015 Passage Meditation Christians Practicing Yoga August 3 2015 Passage meditation has helped deepen my intimacy with Christ and his Word and continues to assist me in my slow grace led growth in holiness Comment Dana July 30 2015 Christian Yoga The Lost Teachings of Jean Marie Déchanet Dana July 30 2015 Dana Moore Tagged Photo Quotes Dechanet 1 Comment Christians Practicing Yoga July 27 2015 Experiencing the Promise of Sabbath Balancing Mind Body Spirit Christians Practicing Yoga July 27 2015 While searching for the meaning of Sabbath I found the spiritual practice of yoga It has been a perfect marriage While still foreign to many American Christians Comment Dana July 24 2015 Christian Yoga The Lost Teachings of Jean Marie Déchanet Dana July 24 2015 Dana Moore Tagged Photo Quotes Comment Dana July 20 2015 Christian Yoga The Lost Teachings of Jean Marie Déchanet O S B Dana July 20 2015 Teaching 1 First learn to breathe Tagged Lost Teachings of Fr Déchanet Home Practice Dechanet Comment Dana July 14 2015 Know what you know and feel what you feel Dana July 14 2015 Dana Moore Yoga is knowing what you know feeling what you feel speaking it truthfully and accepting the consequences Sister Cecilia Tagged Photo Quotes Comment Christians Practicing Yoga July 6 2015 Finding Christ Through Yoga Christians Practicing Yoga July 6 2015 I teach Christ centered yoga because I want to share the transformative power of moving prayers with my communities of faith Comment Dana June 24 2015 Jean Marie Déchanet the Father of Christian Yoga Dana June 24 2015 If you search for Christian and yoga in a library database or Google you ll inevitably run across a book called Christian Yoga by Fr Jean Marie Déchanet Originally published in French in 1956 Christian Yoga is one of the oldest books available considering the intersection of yoga and Christianity and in many ways Fr Déchanet became the Father of today s movement of Christians practicing yoga So who was Fr Déchanet Tagged Dechanet Comment Dana June 23 2015 In Which We Discuss the Relationship between Asana and Meditation Dana June 23 2015 When

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  • Passage Meditation — Christians Practicing Yoga
    we call saints One passes the memorized passage through the mind slowly and repeatedly Should the mind wander one gently calls it back to the passage starting over if necessary as many times as needed Easwaran recommends tried and true wisdom with regard to posture comfortably seated with spine tall but not stiff place a clean space dedicated to this practice comfortably warm but with fresh air to prevent sleepiness and time thirty minutes in the morning With regard to the wandering mind Easwaran recalls the encouragement of St Francis de Sales Even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your mind back and place it again in our Lord s presence though it went away every time you brought it back your hour would be very well employed Despite Easwaran s frequent citing of the teachings of Christian saints on prayer and meditation it will be important to some readers to note that neither the origins nor the goals of passage meditation are specifically related to the Christian creed Its teachings focus on that which is commonly shared by all great religious traditions The strength of passage meditation and its allied disciplines is its universal applicability and its practical concrete way of helping translate religious aspirations into the rhythm and fiber of daily living It is practiced by growing numbers of Christians and could be profitable to many more Those I have met share experiences similar to mine increased joy growth in the virtuous qualities to which the scriptures and saints admonish us an ever deepening ability to abide in God s peace and share that peace with others Recently while traveling I attended Sunday eucharist and was pleasantly caught off guard by an unusual liturgical detour After the Old Testament scripture had been proclaimed and the psalm had been prayed responsively by cantor and congregation the presider interrupted the normal flow of the mass He urged the entire congregation to commit to memory the psalm we had just prayed reminding us that this was a scripture passage Psalm 23 that could be universally helpful to those we love particularly the ones who are sick or otherwise suffering The presider led us in slowly deliberately praying the psalm again The service then proceeded as usual and I smiled realizing that this unexpected exercise embodied in an abbreviated form the wisdom of passage meditation Psalm 23 is in fact one of the first passages that Easwaran suggests new meditators memorize and practice The other is the Prayer of St Francis He recommends passages from the Buddhist and Hindu scriptures as well as those of the great Christian mystics While Easwaran s universalism leads him to recommend that all persons memorize wisdom passages from traditions other than their own a Christian might most worthily invest his or her time and attention compiling a rich repertoire of strictly Christian passages Old and New Testament writings sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers traditional prayers such as St

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  • Christian Yoga: The Lost Teachings of Jean-Marie Déchanet — Christians Practicing Yoga
    and Practice Yoga and Jesus Body and Bread Yoga Deepened my Relationship with God Breathing in the Neshamah Yoga and Meditation as a College Course Why I Fell in Love with Yoga How We Started our Christian Yoga Practice Why I Teach Yoga from a Christian Perspective Blog About Us Who We Are Mission History Get Involved Contributors Contact Christians Practicing Yoga Learn Overview Our Perspective History of Yoga and Christianity Can Yoga Help Me Pray Is Yoga a Religion The Eight Limbs of Yoga Are Yamas and Niyamas the same as the Commandments Is Pranayama compatible with Christianity What is the Christian Perspective on the Energy Body What is Christian Meditation What does chanting OM mean Additional Reading Discern Why Discern Is yoga right for me Can yoga help a Christian pray Chanting Kundalini Energy Reincarnation Practice Finding a yoga class Home Practice Christian Meditation Lectio Divina Find a Teacher Teacher Trainings Retreats and Workshops Personal Stories Saying yes Why I Teach and Practice Yoga and Jesus Body and Bread Yoga Deepened my Relationship with God Breathing in the Neshamah Yoga and Meditation as a College Course Why I Fell in Love with Yoga How We Started our Christian

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  • Experiencing the Promise of Sabbath: Balancing Mind, Body & Spirit — Christians Practicing Yoga
    Mind Body Spirit Christians Practicing Yoga July 27 2015 Experiencing the Promise of Sabbath Balancing Mind Body Spirit Christians Practicing Yoga July 27 2015 Jennifer Tufts Two powerful forces have been at work in my mind body and heart for the past 6 years Sabbath a foundational part of the Judeo Christian tradition and Yoga the product of centuries of discovery about the human body and how it is wired While searching for the meaning of Sabbath I found the spiritual practice of yoga It has been a perfect marriage While still foreign to many American Christians the practice of yoga is sweeping the country and filling a vacuum created by too much stress and a culture that is out of balance In seeking to recover balance in my own life and discernment about God s promise of rest and renewal I started to plumb the depths of Isaiah Chapter 58 The Lord says If you treat the Sabbath as sacred and do not pursue your own interests on that day if you value my holy day and honor it by not traveling working or talking idly on that day then you will find the joy that comes from serving me Not traveling not working not talking idly These words come to us from a time that seems so far removed from our modern lifestyle Yet it is possible to get at the heart of what the prophet was saying and apply it in today s world Physical disciplines are involved in respecting the Sabbath commandment There is also the call to submit one s whole being to God in order to see clearly with the heart s eye In her book Yoga Mind Body Spirit Donna Farhi describes a collective spiritual physical and emotional suffering that ought to worry us as Christians We live in a time of extreme dissociation from bodily experience When we are not in our bodies we are dissociated from our instincts intuitions feelings and insights and it becomes possible to dissociate ourselves from other people s feelings and other people s suffering The insidious ways in which we become numb to our bodily experience and the feelings and perceptions that arise from them leave us powerless to know who we are what we believe in and what kind of world we wish to create If we do not know when we are breathing in and when we are breathing out when we are unable to perceive gross levels of tension how then can we possibly know how to create a balanced world Every violent impulse begins in a body filled with tension every failure to reach out to someone in need begins in a body that has forgotten how to feel Numbness to suffering of others violence within and without powerlessness these are the enemies in our spiritual battleground How many times have you asked or thought to yourself that person is out of his or her mind It could have meant many things

    Original URL path: http://www.christianspracticingyoga.com/christianity-and-yoga-blog/2015/5/26/experiencing-the-promise-of-sabbath-balancing-mind-body-spirit (2016-04-26)
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  • Christian Yoga: The Lost Teachings of Jean-Marie Déchanet — Christians Practicing Yoga
    Body and Bread Yoga Deepened my Relationship with God Breathing in the Neshamah Yoga and Meditation as a College Course Why I Fell in Love with Yoga How We Started our Christian Yoga Practice Why I Teach Yoga from a Christian Perspective Blog About Us Who We Are Mission History Get Involved Contributors Contact Christians Practicing Yoga Learn Overview Our Perspective History of Yoga and Christianity Can Yoga Help Me Pray Is Yoga a Religion The Eight Limbs of Yoga Are Yamas and Niyamas the same as the Commandments Is Pranayama compatible with Christianity What is the Christian Perspective on the Energy Body What is Christian Meditation What does chanting OM mean Additional Reading Discern Why Discern Is yoga right for me Can yoga help a Christian pray Chanting Kundalini Energy Reincarnation Practice Finding a yoga class Home Practice Christian Meditation Lectio Divina Find a Teacher Teacher Trainings Retreats and Workshops Personal Stories Saying yes Why I Teach and Practice Yoga and Jesus Body and Bread Yoga Deepened my Relationship with God Breathing in the Neshamah Yoga and Meditation as a College Course Why I Fell in Love with Yoga How We Started our Christian Yoga Practice Why I Teach

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  • Dana Moore — Christians Practicing Yoga
    as a College Course Why I Fell in Love with Yoga How We Started our Christian Yoga Practice Why I Teach Yoga from a Christian Perspective Blog About Us Who We Are Mission History Get Involved Contributors Contact Christians Practicing Yoga Learn Overview Our Perspective History of Yoga and Christianity Can Yoga Help Me Pray Is Yoga a Religion The Eight Limbs of Yoga Are Yamas and Niyamas the same as the Commandments Is Pranayama compatible with Christianity What is the Christian Perspective on the Energy Body What is Christian Meditation What does chanting OM mean Additional Reading Discern Why Discern Is yoga right for me Can yoga help a Christian pray Chanting Kundalini Energy Reincarnation Practice Finding a yoga class Home Practice Christian Meditation Lectio Divina Find a Teacher Teacher Trainings Retreats and Workshops Personal Stories Saying yes Why I Teach and Practice Yoga and Jesus Body and Bread Yoga Deepened my Relationship with God Breathing in the Neshamah Yoga and Meditation as a College Course Why I Fell in Love with Yoga How We Started our Christian Yoga Practice Why I Teach Yoga from a Christian Perspective Blog About Us Who We Are Mission History Get Involved Contributors

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