A Lenten Journey with the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Week 5

Review of the past week: Last week we explored the 4th limb of yoga – pranayama.   Yoga Sutra 2.49 describes pranayama as “the conscious, deliberate regulation of the breath replacing unconscious patterns of breathing.” (translation and interpretation by TKV Desikachar). The physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of pranayama breathing practices are many, and include: increasing the…

A Lenten Journey with the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Week 4

Review of the past week:  Last week we offered illustrations to connect yoga asana (the Sanskrit word for seat or posture) with components of Ignatian spirituality. Practicing yoga asana invites use into greater awareness and aliveness in our bodies, especially when we consciously seek the middle point between effort and ease.  Outside of yoga asana practice, tuning into our bodies in…

Responding to the Abuse Crisis

The same day as the release of the Grand Jury report in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, August 14, I moved to Berkeley, California, for the final three years of Jesuit formation to become a Catholic priest. On August 15, I began a five-day training with Off the Mat, Into the World, an organization bridging yoga, self-inquiry,…

The Development of Ignatian Yoga

I attended my first yoga class in 2009 while serving as Campus Minister at UofD High in Detroit. I had recently returned from two years as a Jesuit Volunteer in Belize and was on the fence about entering the Jesuits. I was immediately intrigued by the way this new “American fad” transported me into a…