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.