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  • Home Practice — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 try this at home Practice Finding a yoga class Home Practice Christian Meditation Lectio Divina Find a Teacher Teacher Trainings Retreats and Workshops How to Practice Like any devotional or physical practice home practice can take many forms You can block off a corner of your bedroom or a room of your home lay out your mat light a candle and move as you feel led Or you can use a DVD or audio aid practicing in your living room like you would an aerobics video Or you can practice in your backyard your neighborhood park Some people even practice yoga on paddleboards The possibilities are endless What makes yoga a Christian spiritual practice is the intention of prayer and communion with God in your heart The following resources are offered as suggestions to guide you in praying with your whole body mind and spirit Yoga Prayer Sequences with Suggested Music For home practitioners we offer the following sequences for your exploration Be Not Afraid Breath of Heaven God is Everlasting Love God Who Saves I Am the Vine The Lord s Prayer Only This I Want Open My Eyes Lord two versions Prayer for Peace The Sacred in All I The Sacred in All II Spirit of the Living God Fall Afresh Upon Me St Teresa Prayer We Are original and alternate introduction Additionally there are books with yoga prayer sequences Praying with the

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  • Are Yamas and Niyamas the same as the Commandments? — Christians Practicing Yoga
    all thought speech and action has consequences Do we harbor violence towards ourselves and others Do our thoughts wish ill on others Even being unkind unfeeling or indifferent to others is a form of violence Ahimsa expects us to take responsibility for our aggressive tendencies and to work on developing compassion patience and love towards others From a Christian perspective This yama resonates strongly with the commandment in the law that Jesus placed on a level with the greatest commandment the love of God with all one s heart mind and strength You shall love your neighbor as yourself Throughout the course of His teaching Jesus repeatedly emphasized the need to forgive to turn the other cheek and to refrain from anger He exhorted people to love their enemies and to do good to everyone who hated them During his arrest He even reproved a follower who cut off the ear of a servant of Caiphas saying that those who live by the sword shall perish by the sword Finally in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus declares that peacemakers are the children of God 2 Satya Truth Satya literally means that which is and is commonly translated as truthfulness Like ahimsa satya incorporates thought speech and action Being truthful in all things is of paramount importance in yoga but it must be balanced with ahimsa Thus we do not need to speak unnecessary truth That dress is hideous when it hurts others From a Christian perspective The commandment You shall not bear false witness mirrors satya Jesus also describes telling lies as one of the many things that make a person unclean and unfit to worship God Matt 15 19 20 Truthfulness is also a touchstone in Christian ethics 3 Asteya Not Stealing The word steya many scholars agree means greed based on a perceived lack of abundance So stealing stems from the belief that there s not enough for everyone We all agree that to steal is to take something that does not belong to us But stealing can be broader than just the misappropriation of a physical object Stealing can also apply to thoughts Waste in all its form energy water excessive material consumption is also theft at the expense of the rest of the world s inhabitants From a Christian perspective The commandments You shall not steal and You shall not covet your neighbor s goods are unequivocal expressions of asteya Christian theology has always emphasized that we do not own anything not even our bodies but rather that every possession is a gift from God held in trust Everything belongs to and comes from God 4 Brahmacharya Moderation This yama has always focused on celibacy and continence In yogic philosophy we have a limited life force and one of the quickest ways to deplete this life force was to dissipate one s sexual energy in unlimited sexual congress Sexual control was advocated for everyone and celibacy was required for yogis From a Christian perspective In

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  • Dayna Gelinas — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 Contact

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  • The Eight Limbs of Yoga — Christians Practicing Yoga
    for the body held over time and synchronized with the breath Muscles bones the nervous systems respiratory circulatory digestive cardiovascular and endocrine systems all work together to support the pose and the pose in turn strengthens regulates and balances the body As we practice the asanas we grow in our awareness of the body and we see more clearly the truth that we are fearfully and wonderfully made Ps 139 14 16a Out of gratefulness to our Creator we acquire a new desire to honor our body as the amazing gift that it is knowing that our body is a temple of the Holy Ghost as well as the vehicle through which God wants to work out His will on the earth We keep our bodies healthy and ready to complete the works He has prepared in advance for each one of us to do Eph 2 10 Pranayama or breath work is controlled breathing The components of pranayama are the inhalation the exhalation and retention the pauses in between the breath Breath work has a calming and quieting effect upon the mind and the senses preparing us for the more internal practices of yoga that follow As we focus on our breath we are reminded that it is the breath of Almighty God that gives us life Job 33 4 We sense our connection to our Source Jesus more intimately and are calmed by remembering this connection and His promise that He is always with us As we breathe fully with the awareness that every breath we take is a gift from our Father not only do we energize our vital inner body with fresh oxygen all the way down to the cellular level as the lungs pump oxygen into the blood and the blood carries the oxygen to every cell but we also mentally and emotionally choose to stay connected to our Ultimate Life Force Jesus Pratyahara or withdrawal of the senses can for a Christian be summed up with the words Be in the world but not of the world When practicing yoga from a Christian perspective we remember that the world is not our home Our home is with Christ who is seated in the heavenly realms at the right hand of the Father Col 3 1 3 So we do not cling to the things of this world Instead we concern ourselves with the things of the Kingdom of God and we seek to bring His kingdom to earth as Jesus taught us to do in the Lord s Prayer Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven We willingly withdraw our senses from things of the flesh that would bend our wills towards our own selfish desires and we embrace the freedom that comes from living by the Spirit We die to ourselves and our plans for our lives and instead we live our lives as Christ did

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  • Kevin Flynn — Christians Practicing Yoga
    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 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

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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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  • Find a Teacher — Christians Practicing Yoga
    yogachapel com Visit Yoga Chapel s website for online classes and see their Schedule page for upcoming classes retreats and events Georgia Susan D Amick Decatur GA New Dawn Yoga and Healing Prayerful Yoga and Sole Work Soul Work WitnessingJourneysInFaith gmail com Renay Bloom Macon GA Amrit Yoga Certified Instructor 200 HR RYT 478 227 2619 renaybloom me com www renaybloom com Offering private and small group sessions at all levels and yoga retreats Meditation in Motion alignment based all levels Michelle Carew Bessette Cumming GA RYT 200 michelle yogaintotrinity com Weekly classes at Yoga Selah in Cumming GA Faith filled yoga and Christian prayer retreats and workshops yogaintotrinity com Dayna Gelinas E RYT 500 Kennesaw GA NW of Atlanta New Day Yoga Owner Founder School Director 200 Hour and 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training from a Christian Perspective dayna newdayyoga com Melissa Martin R YFT RYT YogaFaith Madison GA YogaFaith of Madison The Studio at Icehouse Creative mdmartin02 yahoo com 678 428 3196 Cybèle Steen 500 ERYT Lawrenceville GA Cybele LiftedHeartYoga com www LiftedHeartYoga com Rebecca Thurmond Trussell E RYT 500 Owner Instructor Yoga Selah in Cumming GA yogaselah gmail com 470 253 4088 Facebook Weekly alignment based yoga classes including beginner restorative gentle and intermediate levels in Cumming GA s premiere yoga studio Pat Tomczyk RYT Blairsville GA 30512 706 781 6580 tomczyk windstream net Illinois Bill Austin Joliet Lockport YogaFaith R YFT RYT Bill livingwateryoga net Living Water Yoga 630 254 8925 Jennifer Swets YogaFaith Chicago IL R YFT RYT YF A YogaFaithChicago gmail com YogaFaith of Chicago Facebook Page YogaFaithChicago Instagram Indiana Heidi Green Indianapolis Indiana www yogadevotion com heidi yogadevotion com Kentucky Jaime Rice Frankfort KY YMCA We are a non profit organization with a mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit mind and body for all http www frankfortymca org jbrice ricejb gmail com Louisiana Ashlynn Verrett YogaFaith Houma 985 226 1440 yogafaithashlynn gmail com YogaFaith with Ashlynn Facebook Page Anelas Yoga Wellness 7720 Main Street Houma Louisiana 70360 985 223 9091 Massachusetts Cathy Chadwick TouchStone Yoga Ipswich MA Weekly Small group 2 4 weekly classes in home studio Gentle Hatha Yoga from a Christian Perspective individual attention accommodation Contact Cathy cathycatwick verizon net or call 978 356 5041 for further information Rev Sarah Robbins Cole St Michael s Episcopal Church Holliston MA Wellesley College Wellesley MA srobbins3 wellesley edu Currently not teaching but would love to be a resource for practicing yoga as a Christian Michigan Kathy Housey Southeast MI Spirit Centered Yoga 248 343 6819 kahsales aol com Weekly Christian Yoga classes at Holy Name Church Birmingham and Fellowship Lutheran Church Sterling Heights Offers retreats and classes upon request Grace Seroka Bloomfield Hills MI 48304 gseroka comcast net Certified Christian Yoga Instructor at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House office manresa sj org Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church info bslcmi org Stephanie Shell Southeast MI Renewal Yoga LLC 586 362 7800 stephanie renewalyoga com Facebook com michiganrenewalyoga Weekly Christian Yoga classes at Kensington Community Church Troy and The Yoga Studio Troy Retreats privates workplace yoga Minnesota Cindy Senarighi White Bear Lake MN Yoga Devotion Louise Stanton YogaFaith Forest Lake RYT R YFT YF A louise yogafaith gmail com 651 354 0583 Yoga Forest yogahus com Missouri Lorilise Scarborough YogaFaith in St Louis Missouri R YFT RYT The Word at Shaw New Jersey Jane Grode Barnegat NJ 609 549 0280 janeinnj hotmail com Son Light Yoga bringing the Light of Christ to the practice of Yoga Terry Kelly RYT Yoga Spirit Farmingdale NJ 732 938 3139 teejan optimum net Christian Yoga Teacher Weekly yoga class for all levels at Saint Catherine of Siena s 100 year old chapel Karen Kozlowski 500RYT CCYT The Yoga Attic Brick NJ 732 458 3842 theyogaattic aol com Alice Latham ofs Certified Kripalu Instructor Resolve Wellness Central New Jersey Resolvewellness comcast net aliceofsmanahawkin comcast net Yoga and Christian Prayer Resolve Wellness offers weekend yoga retreats days of reflection holy day celebrations seminars and yoga classes centered on Christian themes Individual contemplative programs can be developed for parishes church groups and clubs Karen D Loughran Sea Girt NJ seahorsestudioyoga gmail com Barbara Moeller Collingswood NJ Teaching Christian yoga at our Lady of Lourdes Wellness Center Offering Christian yoga teacher training at Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies stillpointnow gmail com Fr Anthony Randazzo Holy Trinity 315 First Street Westfield NJ 07090 973 226 0979 ninond aol com John E Walsh Hasbrouck Hts NJ BeStillYoga bestillyoga yahoo com www bestillyoga com New Mexico Dana Moore M A R M A LPCC POBox 442 Santa Fe NM 87504 www journeywell org journeywell2010 gmail com Individual sessions over the phone or Internet video Specializing in helping Christians who experience post traumatic stress disorder PTSD anxiety childhood abuse achieve peace in body and mind through counseling and yoga practice Free 50 minute initial consultation New York Doreen Corwith Eckert Himalayan Institute Yoga Instructor 500 hour RYT Eastern Long Island New York 631 276 2517 evanya optonline net Offering classes and workshops on the intersect of Yoga and Christ s Teachings Writing a book on Yoga Ethics and The Ten Commandments North Carolina Sarah Henderson Charlotte NC 500 hour Master Holy Yoga Instructor M HYI sarahh holyyoga net Director for Kids Holy Yoga and Adaptive Holy Yoga web based instructor trainings Facebook Holy Yoga Charlotte Offers weekly Holy Yoga Christ centered yoga classes in Charlotte NC online instructor trainings for Kids Holy Yoga and Adaptive Holy Yoga and periodic workshops and retreats to deepen one s connection with Christ on and off the mat Kim Mulholland Waynesville YogaFaith RYT R YFT YF A sonshineyoga gmail com SONshine YogaFaith Facebook Page Ohio Kathleen Gorman Columbus OH www hearthyoga com Sherri Raderstorf Dayton OH www FullyAliveYoga com Paul Richard YogaFaith Athens OH R YFT RYT YF A YogaFaith of Ohio Facebook Page paulrichard columbus rr com Oklahoma Tim Bodenstein ERYT200 Integrative Health Coach Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner Level 1 Hesed Yoga 424 1 2

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  • Finding a yoga class — Christians Practicing Yoga
    Mission History Get Involved Contributors Contact How to find a class with a Christian Perspective Practice Finding a yoga class Home Practice Christian Meditation Lectio Divina Find a Teacher Teacher Trainings Retreats and Workshops Finding a yoga class in your community Molly Metzger and Renee Prymus Yoga is a a systematic program for peaceful living with fuller awareness and a tremendous tool for spiritual growth offered as a gift to the world by India When a person s heart is open to the richness beauty and power of another tradition it not only brings respect and understanding of the other but it produces a meaningful deepening of one s own relationship with God The methods vary but the original and underlying inspiration remains the same to work with yoga as a spiritual path for all and as a way of opening to God For Christians that path goes to God through Jesus Christ guided by the indwelling Spirit For others the path will lead to their understanding of Divinity or Supreme Being or Absolute There is a no particular style of yoga that makes it Christian As Tilden Edwards says What makes a particular practice Christian is not its source but its intent If our intent in assuming a particular bodily practice is to deepen our awareness in Christ then it is Christian If this is not our intent then even the reading of Scripture loses its authenticity FINDING A CLASS WITH A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE When you try a class specifically geared toward Christian practitioners you may find the teacher employs a variety of methods in praying through our whole being Some use affirmations drawn from scripture while holding a pose Others embody classic prayers like the Lord s Prayer in posture sequences see Home Practice for examples and still others develop posture flows to inspiring song prayers as a way of offering thanksgiving making intercession and glorifying God in and through our bodies There are several teacher training schools in a North America with a particularly Christian perspective Visit these sites to find a teacher or classes specifically trained in this style in your area Holy Yoga Yahweh Yoga Lourdes Wellness Center Yoga Devotion New Day Yoga Christ Centered Yoga Directory YogaFaith Our own Find a Teacher page PRACTICing IN local studio or athletic facility In a typical class whether taught by a Christian or non Christian students might be encouraged to develop their awareness by connecting with the sensations in their bodies by connecting with their breath and by noting any emotions or thoughts that arise as they practice asana This is yoga As students begin to connect with their bodies they might be invited to enter into the deep stillness within the body mind It is in this inner stillness that we as Christians are invited to open ourselves to the presence of God and the movement of the Holy Spirit within the heart and mind Yoga Alliance estimates that there are more than 70 000 yoga

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