In 1956, a French Benedictine monk published a groundbreaking, little book called La Voie du Silence, later translated and published in London as Christian Yoga in 1960. His name was Jean-Marie Déchanet, O.S.B., and we call him the Father of Christian Yoga. Within a few years of the publication of La Voie du Silence in 1956 it was translated into 7 European languages and sold over 100,00 copies. It was much less well known in the United States and remains today virtually unknown to the American yoga community and to the American Christian community.
Pere Jean’s book remains in our view the most theologically sophisticated and autobiographical account of hatha yoga from a Christian perspective published to date. We are committed to preserving his teachings and offering them to the Christian yoga community in the United States.
Much of the research and hard work of archiving and rediscovering the teachings of Fr. Déchanet can be attributed to CPY member Dana Moore. Dana Moore, O.S.B. Oblate is the lineage holder of the Christian Yoga tradition of Jean-Marie Déchanet, O.S.B. the Father of Christian Yoga. He publishes material from the Fr. Déchanet archives and leads retreats at the Fr. Déchanet Hermitage in the Southern French Alps and at Saint Andrew’s Abbey in Bruges, Belgium where Fr. Déchanet first discovered yoga.
Dana is a founding member of the Christians Practicing Yoga network and a founding member of the Christian Yoga Association. Dana has been sharing Fr. Déchanet’s life and teachings since 2000. Dana earned masters degrees in theology at Yale University Divinity School and psychology at Boston College. He maintains a private practice in Christian counseling and trauma-focused therapy in Santa Fe, NM. www.journeywell.org