…to this gathering place of quietly excited, energized people. The construction of this site has been a real labor of love on the part of many people who have generously contributed their time and talent, wisdom and experience.
We are Christians from a broad range of traditions: Baptist, Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Orthodox, Presbyterian, United Church, Church of the Savior and a variety of Free Church traditions. The breadth of our network reveals a truth: Christians connect instinctively with an embodied spiritual practice that inclines toward deeper prayer. It is embedded in our spiritual DNA to go to God the way God came to us—in and through the body.
Christians practicing yoga represents a growing community of people with its arms open in welcome to the following groups of people. We have also included a reference to the area of our website that may be most applicable to specific groups.
- Practicing Christians who are going to church but who may be seeking supplementary individual or communal ways of praying that are life-giving (see Spirituality of the Body).
- Christians who already meditate and practice yoga and who experience real benefit from it but find little or no support for it in their church community (see Meditative Prayer in the Christian Tradition).
- Yoga teachers who already are or are considering teaching yoga to Christians (see For Teachers and Practitioners).
- Christians who are unsure about these practices—whether for themselves or for others—and seek more information on what the points of connection are between yoga, meditation, and their faith (see Yoga-Our Perspective).
- People of no church background, or whose Christian faith is no longer active (see From the Heart – Personal Stories).
- Members of other religions who are simply curious as to what Christian faith has to say about meditation and embodied spiritual practices like yoga (see Meditative Prayer in the Christian Tradition).
So as you browse through the rich and engaging perspectives that have been brought all together in one place here, think of it as sitting down on a log by the side of the trail with other hikers met along the way. Think of it as looking at the map together and sharing with one another what you have learned thus far on the journey to the clearing in the center of the forest. Those whose maps you will see here and whose voices you will hear have learned something important: traveling with others opens us to experience more widely and see more clearly the many and marvelous ways that God comes to us and deepens our communion.
May the time you spend here be a blessing for you!