ChrisT Yoga…

Via on May 7, 2010

There’s a lot of Buzz going around the web the last few weeks about Yoga going mainstream, and rock star celebriYogis, Yogi fashion faux pas and general Yoga mania! If you can figure out who is your teacher, mentor, inspiration, Guru, style, modality, school, kula, sangha, immersion or training…then you are clearer than me…

I just do Yoga.krishna-christ

Always have, and always will.
Just Yoga.

Same when I was a kid and I was just Buddhist

No one told me what kind, what style, or what school.
I was just Buddhist. Believed the Dhamma and looked for my sangha…

Then I came to the US, and figured out I was supposed to “know” what “type” of Buddhist I was…

Who knew?
I sure didn’t.

I guess I still don’t… even though I have taught Hatha Yoga for a living over the last few decades… When I am asked what type of Yoga do you teach? I am stumped.

I do Yoga.
Hatha – the physical moving of asanas
Is that a “Do” or do I Yoga?

As a Yoga Crone, I encourage you… Just Do Yoga.
Every day.

It helps.

You.
and the world..!

In the recent upsurge of Yoga Gone Wild with themes like Naked Yoga, Nazi Yoga, Booty Yoga and Yoga dinner parties and baby showers… here’s one I hadn’t seen before… Janine Turner shows us Christian Yoga.

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About Cora Wen

CORA WEN grew up in a traditional Chinese family in Asia and the West, and took refuge in the Buddha as a teen. An international childhood growing up in Hong Kong and Indonesia, Switzerland, Australia and the US, has instilled the spirit of a travelling adventurer. After sowing wild oats in New York City in the 70s with rockers Deborah Harry and Patti Smith, she had careers in fashion and banking. Since 1994, Cora has taught Yoga, mentored by America’s most influential Yoga lineage. She has been dedicated since 2002 in support of indigenous culture for exiled Tibetan people and land mine victims. Find her at www.corawen.com.

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19 Responses to “ChrisT Yoga…”

  1. Maria DeSimone :-) whatever gets you to heart of it.

    Marcus Hartsfield
    oh noes!

    Kari Lyn Abernathy Seidensticker
    That is way too funny! What ever you believe, there is something out there for you. Is there A Witches Yoga? Sign me up. LOL!

    Christina M
    i didn't read the article but my significant other does bikram yoga and I refuse to go because it sound like hell. I will stick with what people mockingly call "old lady yoga".

  2. Yoga that won't send you to Hell, at last!

  3. Scott says:

    Yoga is about union. This stuff leaves me out. I practice in a very spiritual studio – next to christians of various strips, muslims, buddhists, etc. and I am a naturalist. We all get along, but if someone tried to bring this into the studio, it would run a lot of us off. Jesus might have made a pretty good Yogi, but his followers have lost the path.

  4. yogadarla says:

    i was raised Southern Baptist in Tennessee and Texas. i've seen and been among some serious conservative christian worship. pew climbing preachers, altar calls that go on for hours, scary stories of fire and brimstone are nothing compared to this. this really frightens me. those smiles and all that make up! certainly it's a video glitch, but i swear that yoga teacher was talking without her mouth moving!

    • i thought she was talking without her lips moving as well! i think it was botox that caused the glitch – or – maybe she was possessed . . .

  5. Diana says:

    ??????? Not sure what this means…..
    I think I'll unroll my Yoga mat and find out….will Jesus be there?

  6. Greg says:

    Many Christians, including me, take yoga classes. No need to be insecure and decorate the studio with candles and icons. That is a bit off-putting. It may be the staging of this video that causes offense — to Christians as well as others.

    Years ago, I worked with Janine — Chevy commercials — the yoga video may more reflect her personality rather than anything intrinsically Christian.

    Maybe it is time to add Gregorian chants and habits and make a more traditional presentation…

  7. We've been offering free yoga classes for CU and Naropa students at Wesley Chapel (a United Methodist campus ministry) for the past 5 years now. We don't feel a need to Christianize the yoga. We do consider it a ministry to the campuses to help young people learn stress relieving practices and to enhance their mental, physical, and spiritual well being. In fact, salvation originally meant "wholeness" and with that in mind, we consider this to be one of several ways we offer that may help people experience and know salvation. Brian Saeger is our instructor and he's not a Christian, but we consider him part of our ministry team. I try to attend at least 3 of the 4 classes each month and I have personally grown in many ways. I now have a personal practice as well, both on, and off, the mat. Religion and yoga actually mean similar things. Religion comes from the Latin, "religare" which means "to bind together" and yoga means "yoking/union." Sadly, there are still some Christians who fear that which is different and some non-Christians who unfairly dismiss all of Christianity. Jesus' Way and the way of yoga have more in common than people tend to think. Think about it. Better yet, feel about it. Better still, breathe it. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

  8. We've been offering free yoga classes for CU and Naropa students at Wesley Chapel (a United Methodist campus ministry) for the past 5 years now. We don't feel a need to Christianize the yoga. We do consider it a ministry to the campuses to help young people learn stress relieving practices and to enhance their mental, physical, and spiritual well being. In fact, salvation originally meant "wholeness" and with that in mind, we consider this to be one of several ways we offer that may help people experience and know salvation. Brian Saeger is our instructor and he's not a Christian, but we consider him part of our ministry team. I try to attend at least 3 of the 4 classes each month and I have personally grown in many ways. I now have a personal practice as well, both on, and off, the mat. Religion and yoga actually mean similar things. Religion comes from the Latin, "religare" which means "to bind together" and yoga means "yoking/union." Sadly, there are still some Christians who fear that which is different and some non-Christians who unfairly dismiss all of Christianity. Jesus' Way and the way of yoga have more in common than people tend to think. Think about it. Better yet, feel about it. Better still, breathe it. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

  9. Great post, Cora. I particularly enjoyed Rogers' sage response.

    For a slightly more serious treatment of the subject of the video, see Jesus in the Lotus: The Mystical Doorway Between Christianity and Yogic Spirituality

    Bob Weisenberg
    ElephantJournal.com

    • Signe w says:

      Thank you. I am Messianic Jew yoga teacher in Austin,Tx and very interested in the subject matter as you can imagine. I just downloaded Jesus in the Lotus and am excited to read it!

  10. lighthasmass says:

    Hmmmmm the smiles and jewelry is a bit odd. But whatever you need to breath, although Rev. Roger said it so well.

  11. I thought the Christian Yoga video was a Saturday Night Live Spoof! God help us if it's not!

  12. Nazi yoga?! Really?!

  13. Upndown Dog says:

    At first I thought this was a skit straight from SNL. But then, to my horror, I realized these girls mean it. This is the kind of thing that gives a bad name to both yoga and Christianity (or any organized religion for that matter). While on the mat, it should be about yoga. Not the Christianity, Islam, Capitalism or Consumerism. Just yoga. Please. Namaste.

  14. Brian says:

    There is only One who exists beneath all the forms of the world. ~ Swami Rama

  15. I agree with Linda-Sama. The creepy thing about this video is not the Christianity versus yoga implications. It's the Stepford cheeziness.

  16. Tamara says:

    LOL love the video!!

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