Yoga In Lent - A Christian Practice

Yoga In Lent - A Christian Practice

Whether you’re a Christian who already goes to a Yoga class, or perhaps have an interest in how Yoga can support your faith, this short Lent retreat introduces Yoga within a Christian framework.

Revd Ian Spencer will introduce Yoga as a practice Christians can use to deeply connect with faith, working with body practice, breath, and meditation to explore the Lenten season.  Biblical scripture, icons, chanting and times of silence and stillness are combined to create three days of a very special Lenten practice.

Start Date:
Wednesday 29th March 2017
Start Time:
12:00PM
End Time:
4:00PM
Location:
Holland House, Main Street, Cropthorne, Worcestershire WR10 3NB
Contact:
Ian Spencer
Phone:
01386 860330
Email:
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Speakers:
Ian Spencer
Host:
Holland House
Cost:
Cost: £170 (Day rate available for people not wanting residential.)
Website:
www.hollandhouse.org
Add to Calendar 29/03/2017 12:00 PM 31/03/2017 4:00 PM Europe/London Yoga In Lent - A Christian Practice

Whether you’re a Christian who already goes to a Yoga class, or perhaps have an interest in how Yoga can support your faith, this short Lent retreat introduces Yoga within a Christian framework.

Revd Ian Spencer will introduce Yoga as a practice Christians can use to deeply connect with faith, working with body practice, breath, and meditation to explore the Lenten season.  Biblical scripture, icons, chanting and times of silence and stillness are combined to create three days of a very special Lenten practice.

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Ian says of Yoga: "Yoga has many gifts to offer, but perhaps the one we're most familiar with, and the one which we’ll briefly talk about, is that of body-work / postures, or asana in Sanskrit (the language of Yoga).

We’ve all seen pictures of impossibly good-looking people performing crazy feats with their bodies, twisting and bending them into all kinds of increasingly elaborate shapes. We see those in the magazines, smile and pass by – “that’s not for me”.

But that’s “cat-walk” yoga, and has little to do with the authentic practice.

The practise of asana is to do with becoming attentive to, and appreciative of, your body as it is “right here and right now”.

Asana practice is about discovering for yourself how your body is today….. where is it stiff ? where does it ache ? where is movement limited and where is it easy ? 

Asana encourages us to be very attentive to the gift of our embodiment, to take notice of  it, and to nurture it.  Asana is about taking seriously that which lies at the centre of Christian faith, namely incarnation – the relationship between spirit and matter.  The difficulty Christians have is that we’ve very little traditional help to get to grips with the reality and the gift of having bodies. We tend to ignore them until they get sick, and only then do we recognise a relationship between spirit and matter, petitioning God to intervene and help.

To be human is to have a body, and so to take little notice of it until it cries for help means that we miss a huge part of what it is to be alive. If God has seen fit to create us, that is, to enable us to experience life as human beings, embodied and in relationship with many other bodies, then to ignore the body is to miss out on our one and only experience of human life.

Asana practice, particularly when we combine it with being attentive to our breath, can be a deeply profound way of experiencing what it is to be alive. Practicing within the context of thanksgiving to God can only deepen our love and our worship, and our commitment to follow Christ who also had a body, just like ours – with its aches, pain, stiffness and ease. Yoga can help us truly proclaim with the Psalmist “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps139)."

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