Yoga and Christianity: Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Yoga and Christianity: Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Yoga is an invitation to explore and discover the truth of who you are in body, mind and spirit. Yoga cultivates a harmonious blend of postural alignment, balance, coordination, concentration, strength, and flexibility with deep breathing, so it is spiritually uplifting and nourishing - but how does the practice teach us to P.R.A.Y.? How do we get out of our head and into our heart? We Prepare, Root, Align, Yield.

Here and Now

Here and Now

by Jennifer Swets

Christian theologian Henri Nouwen writes in his book Here and Now, “Real life takes place in the here and now. God is in the present.” When I read that, I began to think, as human beings, why are we stuck in our past? Why do we mull over events, words, and interactions long gone by? Why do we worry and fixate about tomorrow? Why do we busy ourselves with tasks that we think will give ourselves importance? Why? The answer is often that we are trying to distract ourselves from the present moment because the present is scary.

In the present, we just have to “be.” The present is where God is. Where we hear from God. Well, how scary, daunting, fun, exciting, nerve racking, did I mention scary is that! The present is where we are in relationship with God. Where He speaks to us and where we have the opportunity to answer back. I repeat, how scary, daunting, fun, exciting, and nerve racking is that!

Too Much of a Stretch? Can or Should Christians Practice Yoga?

Too Much of a Stretch? Can or Should Christians Practice Yoga?

Way back in February, one of the founders of ChristiansPracticingYoga.com, Reverend Professor Kevin Flynn, offered a lecture about Christians practicing yoga in Ottawa, Ontario. His lecture was made available to the online public, and it is available for viewing today!

Lecture Description: Millions of people in Canada and the United States practise yoga these days. Many are Christians. While some practise yoga simply for perceived health benefits, many find it a helpful spiritual practice. Is yoga, in fact, a spiritual practice that Christians can legitimately undertake? What about the warnings against yoga that are heard from some churches, ranging from the Catholic Church to various evangelical denominations? Are Christians misappropriating the cultural or spiritual practices of Hinduism? The webinar will address these questions and try to situate contemporary Christian practice within the larger context of modern postural yoga. 

Soften and Deepen

Soften and Deepen

Have you ever thought about the tension between "letting go and letting God" and "fighting the good fight"? When do we act? When do we let God act on our behalf? What is His role? What is our role? These are questions I have come back to many times in my life. Perhaps you struggle with this as well. Does it have to be one or the other or can both be present in our life?

Vidyavanam Ashram – An Appreciation

Vidyavanam Ashram – An Appreciation

Vidyavanam ashram, a work of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, is a place to attend to “the one thing necessary” of which Jesus speaks. That one thing necessary -- the transforming encounter with divine Wisdom -- is the animating purpose of the ashram. Vidyavanam means “Forest of Wisdom.” Its purpose is expressed in a variety of ways, all of which centre on silence and simplicity.