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  • Overview — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 Contact An Overview of Yoga and Christianity Learn Overview Our Perspective History of Yoga and Christianity Can Yoga Help Me

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  • Christian Yoga: The Lost Teachings of Jean-Marie Déchanet, O.S.B. — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 Contact July 20 2015 Dana Christian Yoga The Lost Teachings of Jean Marie Déchanet O S B Dana July 20 2015 Christian Yoga The Lost Teachings of Jean Marie Déchanet O S B Dana July 20 2015 Dana Moore Teaching 1 First learn to breathe Commentary In the book of Genesis God breathed into Adam and Eve making them living beings Before Jesus ascended to heaven he breathed upon his friends giving them the Holy Spirit Informed by these scriptures Déchanet invites us to begin yoga by establishing a relationship with our breath Exercise Lie down in a relaxed position on a soft rug or mat or even on your bed Place a thick pillow under your knees and a thin one under your head whatever helps your body to feel supported and allows your muscles to relax For the exercise create a time boundary for yourself by setting a timer for three minutes or if you wish leave the timer out and give yourself all the time you want Tell yourself you are going to focus

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  • Know what you know and feel what you feel... — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 Yoga from a Christian Perspective Blog About

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  • Finding Christ Through Yoga — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 July 6 2015 Christians Practicing Yoga Finding Christ Through Yoga Christians Practicing Yoga July 6 2015 Finding Christ Through Yoga Christians Practicing Yoga July 6 2015 Cissy Brady Rogers If you told me 25 years ago that one day I d be teaching yoga at the Big Bear Yoga Festival I d have said you were crazy Raised Catholic I stopped attending mass in junior high school and became a born again Christian within the year God s timing was perfect I desperately needed someone or something to save me from the disease and dysfunction growing within me and around me in my family system I spent the next 15 years involved in evangelical church and para church organizations and attended evangelical undergrad and graduate school The personal relationship I developed with God and the people that surrounded me during those years really did save me I made plenty of poor choices as it was I can only imagine the trouble I might have gotten into otherwise I m grateful for the love and support of all those who came alongside me loved me and prayed for me I also learned how to study the Bible and think critically about spiritual and theological matters All of this laid a foundation for my faith in a God who so loved the world that he became flesh and blood lived among us and revealed the way of love through the life of Christ Jesus And I needed more than any of that provided I needed to embody my faith I needed to experience that love in my flesh and blood in my female body But the things about flesh and body I learned in church contexts didn t take me deeper into my body Confusing messages reinforced an already shame based body image you are intricately and wonderfully made but your desires instincts feelings and thoughts can t be trusted your sexuality is a gift from God but don t act too sexy or show too much of your body lest you cause your brother to lust For Christian eating disorder patients I ve worked with those same messages were life threatening creating distorted views of flesh fat and appetite that reinforced destructive body related thoughts feelings and behaviors My bout with breast cancer in 1992 activated an interest in alternative approaches to health I attended my first yoga class in 1993 with cautious interest I prayed before I entered the room asking God to give me discernment about participating in what my earlier training had told me was of the devil Twenty years later I can t imagine life without yoga It s the spiritual discipline God has used to heal my relationship with my body to learn to listen

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  • Jean-Marie Déchanet: the Father of Christian Yoga — Christians Practicing 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 Contact Dana June 24 2015 Jean Marie Déchanet the Father of Christian Yoga Dana June 24 2015 Dana Moore 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 Jean Marie Déchanet O S B was born Gabriel Robert Vladimir Déchanet in Isches Vosges France on January 18 1906 His father Octave Déchanet died when he was only two and his mother Marie Rose Braconnier raised him and his older brother with the help of her parents His family survived in the location of the battle of Verdun considered the lengthiest and bloodiest battle in human history In 1924 Déchanet entered Saint Andrew s abbey as an oblate brother He was refused the ordination process because Church law forbade a man with epilepsy which he had from becoming a priest In his early 40 s he was providentially cured of his illness and began learning various forms of physical exercises eventually he discovered hatha yoga which he subsequently

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  • In Which We Discuss the Relationship between Asana and Meditation — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 Contact June 23 2015 Dana In Which We Discuss the Relationship between Asana and Meditation Dana June 23 2015 In Which We Discuss the Relationship between Asana and Meditation Dana June 23 2015 Dana Moore Yoga and Meditative Prayer As Christians it is helpful to make some distinctions between the primary objectives of yoga exercises and meditative prayer We can say that yoga exercises work on a horizontal level to improve the function and integration of our body mind and spirit Meditative prayer on the other hand focuses on our relationship with God in a direct vertical way Assuming a relaxed seated posture we open ourselves in meditative prayer to a loving exchange with God who dwells in the

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  • Yoga and Healing: A Christian Perspective — Christians Practicing Yoga
    yoga s only contribution to the healing process When looking at the totality of yoga only one type has emphasis on the physical practice or postures and that is Hatha Yoga The other three types Karma Yoga focuses on self service and is predominantly action oriented Bhakti Yoga is considered the way of devotion and has its emphasis on ritual and prayer Raja Yoga has its emphasis on meditation tying up the loose ends and giving the practitioner a road map to the true self This system in and of itself creates a solid path for health and wholeness For a Christian however healing has a much deeper meaning Although it may include the removal of a physical problem it is not necessarily a cure What Is Healing Besides being good psychology healing is the willingness to let go of blocks or idols which we have consciously or unconsciously set up against God s unconditional love McCall and Lacey 1985 It s more than good health A person with a serious disease may not be able to be cured but can be healed Healing can also be deceptive Many people claim a healing when physical or emotional symptoms disappear An example of this is the alcoholic who stops drinking but has not dealt with the underlying reasons for his her disease or the person who joins a gym and gets their body in great physical shape motivated entirely by the ego s willfulness Something has shifted but healing has not taken place It s like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic If sick beliefs and attitudes are left untouched the symptoms will just return in another form Until we accept the merciful and unconditional love of God for us we will do the right things for the wrong reasons McCall and Lacey 1985 Holistic practitioners believe that our emotions are stored in the body the cells the muscles and tissues To coin a phrase Your issues are in your tissues Working through the body with deep breathing and holding yoga postures can bring up emotions that need to be dealt with at deeper levels of healing Once these emotions are brought into the light of our awareness we become participants in the process and the possibility of healing through God s grace becomes stronger Lama Surya Das says We all have spiritual DNA wisdom and truth are part of our genetic structure even if we don t always access it The Inner Yoga Matthew Sanford is an Iyengar trained yoga teacher What is unusual about Matthew is that he is a paraplegic In his book Waking he chronicles the life events that irrevocably changed his life and body At the age of thirteen he was in a car accident which killed his father and sister The accident left him paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair Matthew s memoir takes the reader inside the body mind and heart of a person whose world has been shattered

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  • The Archbishop of Canterbury on the Contemplative Approach — Christians Practicing Yoga
    address here Here follows paragraphs 12 15 of the address 12 Those who know little and care less about the institutions and hierarchies of the Church these days are often attracted and challenged by lives that exhibit something of this It is the new and renewed religious communities that most effectively reach out to those who have never known belief or who have abandoned it as empty and stale When the Christian history of our age is written especially though not only as regards Europe and North America we shall see how central and vital was the witness of places like Taizé or Bose but also of more traditional communities that have become focal points for the exploration of a humanity broader and deeper than social habit encourages And the great spiritual networks Sant Egidio the Focolare Communione e Liberazione these too show the same phenomenon they make space for a profounder human vision because in their various ways all of them offer a discipline of personal and common life that is about letting the reality of Jesus come alive in us 13 And as these examples show the attraction and challenge we are talking about can generate commitments and enthusiasms across historic confessional lines We have become used to talking about the imperative importance of spiritual ecumenism these days but this must not be a matter of somehow opposing the spiritual and the institutional nor replacing specific commitments with a general sense of Christian fellow feeling If we have a robust and rich account of what the word spiritual itself means grounded in scriptural insights like those in the passages from II Corinthians that we noted earlier we shall understand spiritual ecumenism as the shared search to nourish and sustain disciplines of contemplation in the hope of unveiling the face of the new humanity And the more we keep apart from each other as Christians of different confessions the less convincing that face will seem I mentioned the Focolare movement a moment ago you will recall that the basic imperative in the spirituality of Chiara Lubich was to make yourself one one with the crucified and abandoned Christ one through him with the Father one with all those called to this unity and so one with the deepest needs of the world Those who live unity live by allowing themselves to penetrate always more into God They grow always closer to God and the closer they get to him the closer they get to the hearts of their brothers and sisters Chiara Lubich Essential Writings p 37 The contemplative habit strips away an unthinking superiority towards other baptised believers and the assumption that I have nothing to learn from them Insofar as the habit of contemplation helps us approach all experience as gift we shall always be asking what it is that the brother or sister has to share with us even the brother or sister who is in one way or another separated from us or from what

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