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  • Teacher Trainings — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 Teacher trainings from a Christian Perspective Practice Finding a yoga class Home Practice Christian Meditation Lectio Divina Find a Teacher Teacher Trainings Retreats and Workshops Teacher Trainings There are several studios in North America offering teacher training from a specifically Christian perspective If this appeals you contact these studios directly for more information It is also possible for a Christian well rooted in her own faith tradition to receive training from a traditional non Christian teacher training program We suggest supplementing this training with additional reading and study from the Christian tradition A list of resources can be found here Holy Yoga based in Arizona and Minnesota Offers 95 hour 225 hour masters and other specialty trainings including Kids Pre Post Natal Adaptive Touch and more Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies based in Camden New Jersey Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance Offers 200 hour and

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  • Retreats and Workshops — Christians Practicing 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 Yoga retreats for Christian Practicioners Practice Finding a yoga class Home Practice Christian Meditation Lectio Divina Find a Teacher Teacher Trainings Retreats and Workshops Retreats and Workshops Members of our community offer workshops and retreats If you are a teacher with an offering related to Christianity and yoga or meditation please email volunteer christianspracticingyoga com Fr Tom Ryan CSP is a regular presenter at Kripalu and leads workshops at various locations throughout the year You can explore his full calendar here Click here for events in Denmark 2016 April April 1 3 He Is Risen Yoga and Meditation Retreat Neptune NJ The Upper Room Spiritual Center Download flier or visit www ResolveWellness com for more details April 2 1 5pm Emotive Movement Workshop Kennesaw GA If you have ever felt what the Bible calls longings too deep for words then perhaps we were created for more than just verbal communication Maybe we were created to commune with God experientially in our bodies through movement Led by Megan Freeman of Sojourn Yoga Dance Hosted by New Day Yoga Questions sojournyogadance gmail com To Register dayna newdayyoga com April 15 17 Happy and Holy Spring Retreat Mt Caramel MN Contact YogaDevotion for more details April 24 30 YogaFaith Retreat in Malaga Spain Contact YogaFaith Danmark for more details May May 6 8 The Gift of Being Yourself Retreat in Caroline Alberta Canada A Maranatha Yoga Retreat Download flier here or contact maranathayoga gmail com for more info May 20 22 Embodied Spirit Weekend Retreat Long Island NY A Prayer of Heart and Body retreat with Fr Tom Ryan at Cor Maria Retreat House To register visit www cormaria org or call 631 725 4206 May 20 22 YogaFaith Retreat Chicago IL A weekend of fellowship healthy eating and YogaFaith For more info YogaFaith Chicago Retreat June June 16 19 YogaFaith Retreat Park City UT A weekend of fellowship healthy eating and YogaFaith For more info YogaFaith Park City Retreat June 25 Yoga Mind Yoga Brain Workshop Kennesaw GA In this workshop we will begin to unpack the mystery of our brain with new understanding about our thought life We will learn about specific powerful parts of the brain designed by God for God We will create simple yet completely effective Mental Technology that will assist us in establishing new thought patterns Led by Dayna Gelinas at New Day Yoga July July 22 24 Meditative Yoga Prayer Retreat in Houston TX Cenacle Retreat House Yoga is meditative prayer when you mindfully move into stillness to know God Psalm 46 10 Focusing on the breath and the body through gentle stretches we will explore the body mind to learn about ourselves and experience our wholeness July 23 1 5pm Yoga Dance Workshop Kennesaw GA If you have ever felt what the Bible calls longings too deep for

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  • Saying "yes" — Christians Practicing Yoga
    I prayed read scripture took classes and was active in my church What else could there be Through my experience of spiritual direction I learned to identify how God speaks to me I can only describe this as a feeling of inner certainty a realization about something where there is no doubt About fifteen years ago I made a directed retreat It was a fruitful weekend I felt comfortable and happy God s presence all around me At dinner the second night of the retreat I noticed how good my body felt I did not have a headache or body ache My digestion was unimpaired and comfortable I felt so physically well that I had to stop and take notice This feeling of well being stayed with me as I resumed my regular schedule Though the feeling gradually dissipated it was not forgotten When I discussed this experience with my spiritual director her reaction was Isn t God wonderful God wants us to be totally well in our bodies At that moment I understood that God s will for me was that I be fully alive in my body Shortly after that my friend Bernadine and I met a man named Bob at a dance Bob told us he was a Kripalu Yoga Teacher holding weekly classes at the local Unitarian Church I told him about my previous experiences and that I had decided that yoga was not for me But something in Bob s gentle manner coupled with his insistent invitation convinced both Bernadine and me to attend his class Saying yes to this invitation changed my life Bernadine and I went to class religiously for six months Bob s style of teaching was so compassionate I felt encouraged and accepted One night after Savasana I was overwhelmed with a sense of well being This was stronger than the usual trance like state I had after relaxation As Bernadine and I discussed the class I remembered my experience on that retreat so many years ago God s will is that I be fully alive in my body A connection was made between yoga and my ever evolving relationship with God Whenever I discussed my growing love for yoga with Bernadine she would say If you like it so much why not consider teaching My response was are you kidding I m not good enough We continued our weekly classes One night Bob told us Rodney Yee was coming to town and invited us to a special class at a local studio We decided to go a big leap for both of us leaving our nice secure class at the church and moving into the larger world of yoga Somehow I wasn t afraid We began class sitting cross legged my dreaded position and of course Rodney zoomed in on my raised knees He began walking around the room giving gentle assists to all the students When he came to me he knelt down and with such gentleness said Let

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  • Why I Teach and Practice — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 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 Why I Teach and Practice Joanne Wohlmuth I teach an early morning class for Christians wanting to practice yoga Recently a dear friend and yoga student of mine who has attended many of my classes asked What do you feel the difference is between Christian yoga and the regular yoga we do I could tell by the sound of her voice that she was somewhat puzzled perhaps unconvinced that there was or ought to be a difference at all I promised her that we would chat in the meantime I proceeded to ponder over why practicing yoga in a Christian context has made such a difference in my life First I needed to explain to her that we are not practicing Christian yoga but simply are Christians practicing yoga Yoga is yoga It needn t be Christianized made feminine nor change color or ethnicity to suit its audience Yoga is neutral and therefore it can benefit any who practice it be that person a Christian a woman a black person or an Asian The intention of yoga is to open us up to the possibility of union with God I was invited or should I say challenged to initiate a yoga class that would encourage Christians to come and practice yoga You could teach this wonderful science I was told with full devotion and commitment to your faith and without the need to hold back These words made immediate sense to me and I needed no further convincing to commence such a class I have been practicing yoga for 31 years and have been teaching for 29 of those 31 years I lived in a yoga ashram where I took a Sanskrit name I followed the guru and I committed myself to the establishment and running of a yoga center in my country Bermuda for more than 20 years I trained others to become yoga teachers because I believe it is a beneficial practice In short like many other long term practitioners of yoga I have run the gamut sunk my heart and soul into this work I have learned a lot about yoga for which I am grateful What I did not know or learn was how to integrate it into my faith practice as a Christian Hence as my practice of yoga wore on my appreciation for that good old time religion which was in my

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  • Yoga and Jesus' Body and Bread — Christians Practicing Yoga
    their body to come to know it to listen to it and talk to it and to care for it I am a yoga teacher who loves Jesus and during this Lenten season I was searching for his teachings about the body wanting to contemplate integrate and bring his teachings to my own heart and body A friend gently and deftly pointed me toward scripture John 6 When I went to the verses of John in Christ s teachings I was taken right to bread I read about how the bread was divided how it fed the multitudes I read about Jesus telling the people that they sought him after this because they had eaten their fill and how he spoke of food that he would give food that would endure and not spoil He asked the people to believe in him He told them he was the bread of life who gives life to the world He said I will raise you up He told the people that he was the living bread sent from heaven and taught that the bread was his flesh which he was going to give for the life of the world He taught how Spirit gave life how flesh without spirit didn t count I read anew how this was a difficult teaching for many and how many followers left after Jesus said this With these teachings and stories so laden with images of bread I let my mind and heart consider bread as a way of learning more about Christ s teachings of the body It came to me that Jesus s early memories of bread were probably those of Mary baking I thought of how his flesh came to be inside of Mary how his body came to form in the darkness of her oven womb I thought of how bread was the image that he chose when he revealed who he was when he fed the people and when he gave us his own body a gift of pure love from God It is now Easter morning I am at the home of my own mother and father and I am given the happy honor of baking the bread I prepare the bowl the form that will hold the ingredients I think of yoga practice how mind body and Spirit are gathered together I mix the ingredients water yeast sugar salt and flour until they hold until they come away from the sides of the bowl together Then comes the first rising I cover the dough and let it rise in warmth and darkness I think of Jesus s time in Mary before his birth And then light again and the kneading life I think of yoga practice how the postures mimic life the physical stretching and returning pose and counter pose deep massage expansion and contraction all infused with breath prana Spirit I think of Christ s life and His death Then the dough is divided and formed into loaves

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  • Yoga Deepened my Relationship with God — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 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 Yoga has deepened my relationship with God Melisa Darby I have been Catholic my entire life graduating with a Humanities and Catholic Culture degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1997 In January 2003 I took my first Power Vinyasa Flow Yoga class at Prana Yoga in Austin Texas It was the spiritual element I had known and recognized my entire life but on a more deep personal nurturing level For me this practice brought my faith to life and my relationship to Christ is more personal as a result I believe ultimately Power Yoga is about not only transforming but mostly about healing healing not just of the body but more importantly of the mind and spirit bringing spirituality into a more whole place This practice shows you your gifts This is what yoga continues to do for me in a very direct active powerful way In my experience many Catholics shy away from yoga claiming the spirituality and philosophy of yoga does not coincide with Catholicism I love the Catholic faith and I have directly experienced God s healing and grace through my yoga practice There are many Catholics and Christians who are skeptical I feel called to share what I have

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  • Breathing in the Neshamah — Christians Practicing Yoga
    the Old Testament neshamah appears as the life giving breath of God The act of breathing alone can remind us of God s love and life giving spirit Through refocusing on the movement of breath in the body yoga stills us to be attentive to our true selves our new and renewed selves in Christ our fullest selves For to truly lose ourselves in Christ we will truly find ourselves Yoga allows a greater awareness to the still small Voice creating an adeptness to prayer and reflection and meditation This is an awareness as God intended Some find it in other gifts and through other modalities art music dance study writing teaching For me the attention yoga brings to the breath has brought a stillness to better enjoy all these and develop my true self as expressed internally and externally in Christian living How often does God tell us through the Old and New Testaments to be still cast our cares upon Him that He cares for us and holds us in the palms of His omnipotent hands During a burdened time for me a cherished yoga teacher who no doubt saw the weight resting on my shoulders and pushing on my body and soul drew God s care and comfort to my attention in the ending rest of a private session She reminded me that in rest I could recall the promise of God holding me in the palm of His hand I knew this promise but needed her words to pull the vividness of God s presence to the forefront of my mind God used her as a vehicle of His refreshing love which was lavishly poured out onto my heart that day as many days before and since The insight of this teacher resonated in such a poignant way that it showed visibly and physically as I was freed to breathe again My shoulders and chest released the shallow breathing deepened with the heavy load lifted Yes God is holding me and why was I trying to carry the burden that wasn t mine to carry This rich gift an ah ha moment has come to my mind many times since and I have shared it with several Christian friends As I deepen my personal yoga practice I find myself drawing nearer to our Lord and Savior remembering His veracity and omniscience and all encompassing love for His children and all the children of the world As I train in embodied yoga living and teaching I have confidence in God using us as His ambassadors in our worldly walk about Whether we know it or not His love flows through us to the people in our lives in our brief encounters and long lasting relationships In 2003 lecture The Christian Way as Losing and Finding Self at a University of St Andrews symposium on Buddhist Christian dialogue Richard Bauckham refers to it as loving identification that is the kind of love that is able to go out

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  • Yoga and Meditation as a College Course — Christians Practicing Yoga
    on Vedānta contextualized his thought within the Vedānta tradition of Hindu thought and compared his way of doing theology with certain western thinkers including the great medieval Franciscan theologian Bonaventure Little is known about Vijñānabhikshu apart from his writings but he was significant to the Hindu tradition not only for the importance of what he wrote but also for his synthesis of Hindu thought based on a coincidence of identity and difference between everything that exists and the underlying and all encompassing substrate of the universe the pure being of God identified in a word as the Brahman According to Vijñānabhikshu yoga is both the means and the theological system for meditating on Brahman Vijñānabhikshu s gloss on Vyāsa s classical commentary on the Yoga Sūtras is the fullest one that exists My dissertation qualified me as a beginning scholar of Vijñānabhikshu Hindu thought and the field of history of religions and theology nowadays known as comparative theology My knowledge of Vijñānabhikshu qualified me to teach about yoga and I also realized this would be relevant to students at any time From my first course on yoga I impressed upon students the need to understand yoga within its Hindu context first and then using its precision of language and technique one can make theological comparisons with other forms of meditation especially Christian meditation I teach Yoga and Meditation to remain fresh and involved in my original area of research There was a twenty year break between the last time I taught the course in my early career and the first time I offered it to Georgetown University undergraduates In the intervening years I left academia for a position at the U S Conference of Catholic Bishops and served in the office that developed and implemented programs in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue Among other activities I engaged often in dialogue with Hindus While I staffed and engaged in not a few ecumenical dialogues towards Christian unity I primarily served as staff to interreligious dialogues for the Catholic bishops of the United States During those years I was a consultor to the Vatican s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue I was also instrumental in establishing the ongoing Vaishnava Christian Dialogue in the Washington DC area in 1998 a dialogue that continues to meet annually to the present I teach Yoga and Meditation today because it gives me an opportunity to work directly with students on the topic of dialogue Teaching is not my primary work at Georgetown University As a special assistant for dialogue to the President of the university my job is to promote interreligious understanding through programs and activities on campus Interreligious understanding is one of our missions at this university This mission flows from the Ignatian tradition as embodied in the Society of Jesus whose members founded Georgetown University in 1789 At their 34th General Congregation in 1995 Jesuits committed themselves to interreligious dialogue as an essential activity in their mission in service to the mission of the Catholic

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