As a Christian yoga teacher, I always have tried to teach a compassionate yoga class, to focus on breath and movement as a prayer... But now, faced with the death of one of my students, I wondered, could I surrender to what had happened--could I accept the loss of not only a student, but a dear friend?
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.
Dave Driver, author of The Bottom Turtle: A Christian's Journey into Yoga, is a yoga teacher, public school teacher, and lifelong Christian living in Minneapolis. The Bottom Turtle is his first book and is a great resource for evangelicals wondering how yoga can fit with their faith.
I go to my mat to wonder about whether a connection exists between Lent and my yoga practice, and if so, what that connection is…and I am filled with wonder.
I begin in Childs Pose and consider how during Lent my Christian tradition encourages me to pray, fast, and give alms.
Prayer, fasting, almsgiving…three disciplines that my yoga practice also leads me to.
After a year of loving this “God breathed” book into existence we are ready to introduce it to all of our friends. Heidi Green and I have created a beautiful book that we hope you will not only enjoy yourselves but will also give to your friends. This is a book of 52 weekly devotions that blend faith and yoga practices with photos of real people doing yoga in the world. Each week’s devotion includes scripture and spiritual focus to help guide your home yoga and prayer practices. We invite you to our website www.yogadevotionthebook.com for more information on the book and how to purchase it.
I love this time of year! I don’t love how too much busy can crowd out the peace and joy that Jesus came to bring! This year I invite you to joy me for a Journey to Christmas: Finding Our Truest Selves As We Embrace God’s Best Gift! The journey includes 3 personal practices: reading God’s Word, Meditation and Yoga. Journey to Christmas is offered as a free PDF download. Along with the 28 days of short, mini devotionals, we have opened up our Facebook Group to share free weekly yoga classes, offer helpful tips and hints, meditations, along with an opportunity to join others on the journey!
ChristiansPracticingYoga.com is slowly moving forward with technology, friends! For those of you who have been following our site through the years, you know we've undergone some big changes in the past two years. Last year, our site had a makeover: same great content, new look.
This year, we're introducing a subscription service: you can have new blog posts sent straight to your in-box! We'll also use this list if we ever move forward with technology again (for example, if we start podcasting).
A reminder of who we are: we are an ecumenical group of Christians who practice and teach yoga as a way of connecting with God. We are...
I don’t know about you but I like the “mountain top” experiences that come with Holy Spirit activity. I shun those experience of being in the “valley” even though I have felt God’s presence most intently when I have been there. Most of life however is lived in the ordinary, “in between” time and I am grateful for that. The “in between” time gives us time to catch our breath, explore our faith through our yoga practice at a slower pace.