Who is Jean-Marie Déchanet?

Fr. Jean-Marie Déchanet (1906-1992) was a French Benedictine priest who wrote prolifically about yoga and Christianity. Three of his books were translated into English, but all have been out-of-print for years. We are working on bringing his teachings back into print. 

When he was in his 40s, Déchanet discovered yoga through a magazine. Before that, he had been an academic monk, specializing in the life of William of St. Thierry, who had an understanding of theology that involved the mind, body, and soul. As he read about yoga, Déchanet recognized it as a “gymnastics of repose” that would allow him to embody the kind of theology he had studied. As such, Déchanet’s teachings on hatha yoga are deeply rooted in Christian theology. 

Christians Practicing Yoga is dedicated to researching and preserving the lost teachings of The Father of Christian Yoga as well as his hermitage in southern France. Find out more about Dana Moore and his work.


The Lost Teaching of Fr. Déchanet

The teachings of Jean-Marie Déchanet are little known in the United States, and have been out of print for nearly 50 years. We believe they have great significance in our time. See All Teachings