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  • Amy Russell — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 Contact Contributors Kevin Flynn Dayna Gelinas Alice Latham Dana Moore Amy Russell Tom Ryan Cindy Senarighi Renee Prymus Photography Amy Russell Yoga practice offers Amy Russell a vehicle to deepen her experience of Christ both within and into the transcendent Amy is a long time student practitioner and teacher of yoga After early dance training she sustained serious injuries and discovered yoga as a path of healing This process has deepened her relationship with the healing stories found in the New Testament inspiring hope courage and fortitude Amy studied yoga for several years at the Iyengar Institute in New York City completed a certificate in energy healing at

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  • Tom Ryan — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 Contributors Kevin Flynn Dayna Gelinas Alice Latham Dana Moore Amy Russell Tom Ryan Cindy Senarighi Renee Prymus Photography Fr Tom Ryan CSP Father Ryan is an ordained Paulist The Paulist Community is a society of apostolic life in the Roman Catholic Church Born and raised in southern Minnesota Tom did his graduate studies in theology at the Washington D C Theological Union and the University of Geneva His first encounter with yoga came in 1991 during a study sabbatical in world religions at Shantivanam ashram in South India at the time directed by interfaith dialogue pioneer Fr Bede Griffiths OSB The daily yoga session at the ashram was followed by a period of quiet sitting in meditation and gave Fr Tom who had been meditating daily for 15 years a personal experience of how hatha yoga calms the body and focuses the mind effectively preparing the whole organism for meditation He subsequently undertook a serious study of the dynamics of yoga and upon his return to North America seeing how yoga was going mainstream became a trained instructor so as to assist the many Christians who were engaging with the practice of yoga

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  • Cindy Senarighi — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 Contributors Kevin Flynn Dayna Gelinas Alice Latham Dana Moore Amy Russell Tom Ryan Cindy Senarighi Renee Prymus Photography Pastor Cindy Senarighi RN I began my journey with faith based yoga when I was still an RN working on an acute adult psychiatric unit At the time also taught fitness and a friend encouraged me to take a yoga training so that when I got old I could still be physical Needless to say that training was far more than studying the asanas and the breathing it was the first time I was able to be quiet calm and truly attentive to the Spirit within I was overwhelmed by an experience of God s Presence and love I desperately wanted to

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  • Renee Prymus — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 Contact Contributors

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  • Photography — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 Yoga Practice

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  • Our Perspective — Christians Practicing Yoga
    is Christian Meditation What does chanting OM mean Additional Reading Our Perspective Fr Tom Ryan CSP Amy Russell Dana Moore and Renee Prymus As Christians practicing yoga we approach yoga with a deep sense of gratitude and respect for its ancient history Yoga was developed in India a primarily Hindu culture but was intended as a universal human practice the goal of which involves experiencing the union with the divine that is already there but that has been clouded over with the stresses and strains of life Our intention is not to christianize yoga Rather we share a strong desire to live a holistic Christian spirituality and to benefit from practices that contribute to it Yoga can refer to the traditional yoga philosophy or modern postural practice or both While some of the voices on this site may vary in their approaches to yoga overall we have found the physical practice of yoga especially the postural practice to be helpful in a variety of ways We have been gifted with these bodies because this is where God dwells Fr Tom Ryan CSP I As a form of worship When we step onto our mats with the intention of honoring God we are bringing our whole selves body mind and soul into worship of and communion with God II As a way to prepare for meditative prayer A few simple yoga exercises will help you become relaxed in body relieved of mental preoccupations and restful in spirit III As a practice in cultivating spiritual values Patience sensitivity non judgment and many similar spiritual values can be cultivated on the yoga mat As we work with the abilities and limitations of our bodies and our habitual ways of responding to challenges we have the opportunity to practice these virtues IV As a physical health practice A good yoga routine is one of the most comprehensive holistic health practices available All of the dimensions of physical fitness are cultivated in an integrated way These include strength flexibility balance coordination concentration and deep breathing An Incarnational Faith Where the body is concerned Christianity has by and large not walked its talk It has resisted the radical nature of its own good news On the one hand it has the highest theological evaluation of the body amongst all the religions of the world and on the other hand it has given little attention to the body s role in the spiritual life in positive terms High theology low practice The practice of yoga reminds us of the Biblical basis for a Christian high theology of the body The opening chapter of the book of Genesis affirms that we are created male and female in God s own image and that the body reflects God s own goodness In the festival of Christmas recorded in the Gospels it is precisely God becoming flesh in a historical person Jesus of Nazareth that is celebrated the incarnation from in carnis which literally means in the flesh In the

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  • Tom Ryan — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 Contributors Kevin Flynn Dayna Gelinas Alice Latham Dana Moore Amy Russell Tom Ryan Cindy Senarighi Renee Prymus Photography Fr Tom Ryan CSP Father Ryan is an ordained Paulist The Paulist Community is a society of apostolic life in the Roman Catholic Church Born and raised in southern Minnesota Tom did his graduate studies in theology at the Washington D C Theological Union and the University of Geneva His first encounter with yoga came in 1991 during a study sabbatical in world religions at Shantivanam ashram in South India at the time directed by interfaith dialogue pioneer Fr Bede Griffiths OSB The daily yoga session at the ashram was followed by a period of quiet sitting in meditation and gave Fr Tom who had been meditating daily for 15 years a personal experience of how hatha yoga calms the body and focuses the mind effectively preparing the whole organism for meditation He subsequently undertook a serious study of the dynamics of yoga and upon his return to North America seeing how yoga was going mainstream became a trained instructor so as to assist the many Christians who were engaging with the practice of yoga

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  • Additional Reading — Christians Practicing Yoga
    intellectual and spiritual to move forward as a whole human being and become what one is a disciple of Jesus Christ Yoga for Integral Health and Growth by Swami Devaprasad Bangalore NBCLC 1998 The author a Roman Catholic priest from Kerala and now living in Northern Manitoba writes from years of experience as a practitioner of yoga and a member from time to time in ashrams A good introduction to the various limbs of yoga with a fair amount of detail including photos of asana Valuable for any beginner useful for more experienced practitioners Pathways to Liberation An Essay on Yoga Christian Dialogue By Pearl Drego New Delhi The Grail 1974 A lovely book by a Christian Indian woman exploring asana psychology philosophy and Scripture A dialogue between Christianity and Yoga Out of print but if you can track down a copy it is a gem Yoga in Christianity By Albrecht Frenz Madras Christian Literature Society 1986 A short pamphlet by a Lutheran pastor A sympathetic constructive introduction to complementary insights in Christianity and yoga Includes a brief review of a number of German mystics including Eckehart whose insights are similar to the cosmic spirituality of India Body Mind and Spirit to Harmony through Meditation by Louis Hughes Mystic CT Twenty Third Publications 1991 Focuses on 8 keys to Christian meditation rest breath body place sound rhythm simplicity wholeness The chapter on body presents yoga postures Also includes short presentations on breathing methods and chakras Yoga and Christian Thought By B C M Mascharenas Bombay Society of Saint Paul 1973 A good introduction to yoga that locates it within the larger context of Hindu thought and practice The author considers points of convergence and divergence between Christianity and yoga Less emphasis on asana than on philosophical matters and meditation practice Yoga and the Jesus Prayer Tradition An Experiment in Faith By Thomas Matus Preface by Bede Griffiths Ramsey N J Paulist Press 1984 Matus a Camaldolese Monk examines the relation between tantric yoga and hesychasm by comparing the experiences of St Symeon the New Theologian and Abhinavagupta A remarkable blend of scholarship and personal experience Yoga and Prayer By Michaëlle London Search Press 1980 First published in French Les Editions du Cerf 1977 Michaëlle a disciple of Jean Déchanet provides an overview of Yoga asanas pranayama diet etc She offers a series of prayers and meditations that may be linked to asanas Attractive line drawings by a Poor Clare Hatha Yoga et Croissance de l homme en occident Paris Les Editions du Cerf 1979 Annotation forthcoming Christianity and Yoga A Meeting of Mystical Paths By Justin O Brien London New York Penguin Books Arkana 1989 Many fine insights into connections between the yoga tradition s and Christianity including a chapter on the Beatitudes His musings on gnostic Christianity and his possibly adoptionist Christology will mitigate the book s value to more traditional Christians An Invitation to Christian Yoga By Nancy Roth Seabury Books 2005 Originally published as A New Christian

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