How to Practice
Like any devotional or physical practice, home practice can take many forms. You can block off a corner of your bedroom or a room of your home, lay out your mat, light a candle, and move as you feel led. Or you can use a DVD or audio aid, practicing in your living room like you would an aerobics video. Or you can practice in your backyard, your neighborhood park. Some people even practice yoga on paddleboards. The possibilities are endless.
What makes yoga a Christian spiritual practice is the intention of prayer and communion with God in your heart. The following resources are offered as suggestions to guide you in praying with your whole body, mind, and spirit.
online streaming of classes
YogaFaith offers several free classes online through YouTube and several videos on their website: (1) Son-Salutations A&B; (2) trauma-sensitive class; (3) son salutation class; and (4) a 90-min instructional video for purchase (free with book).
Yoga Prayer Sequences with Suggested Music
For home practitioners, we offer the following sequences for your exploration.
- Be Not Afraid
- Breath of Heaven
- God is Everlasting Love
- God Who Saves
- I Am the Vine
- The Lord’s Prayer
- Only This I Want
- Open My Eyes, Lord (two versions)
- Prayer for Peace
- The Sacred in All (I)
- The Sacred in All (II)
- Spirit of the Living God Fall Afresh Upon Me
- St Teresa Prayer
- We Are (original and alternate introduction)
Additionally, there are books with yoga prayer sequences:
Praying with the Body: Bringing the Psalms to Life by Roy DeLeon includes body prayer sequences specifically designed for the Psalms.
Beatitudes, Christ and the Practice of Yoga by Fr. Anthony Randazzo and Madelana Ferrara includes body prayer sequences for praying through the Beatitudes.
Books & DVDs for practice
Yoga Prayer DVD by Fr. Thomas Ryan provides several sequences for traditional Christian prayers.
Holy Yoga is a book by Brooke Boone that includes a home practice DVD.
Scripture Yoga is a book by Susan Neal of Scripture Yoga.
Still Waters Christ-Centered Yoga DVD by Kristy DiGeronimo of DiGeronimo Wellness.
Yoga for Christians is a book by Susan Bordenkircher that includes a home practice DVD.
Yogadevotion: The Book by Cindy Senarighi and Susan Green.
Songs and Prayers from Taizé, see www.giamusic.com
Cynthia Bourgeault's book Chanting the Psalms includes an instructional CD.
Other online resources
Yoga Mats for a Moving Meditation (www.DevoMats.com)