Bobby Karle is a Jesuit from the Midwest Province and co-founder of Ignatian Yoga. He began practicing yoga in 2009, between his time as a Jesuit Volunteer in Belize and entering the Jesuits in 2010. During his time of Jesuit formation he completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training and received a Masters degree in Philosophy from Fordham University. During the Regency stage of Jesuit formation (years 6-8), Bobby taught Religious Studies and Yoga at Brebeuf Jesuit Prep in Indianapolis. He is currently in year two of theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA in preparation for priestly ordination next year. Bobby teaches a weekly yoga class at the Healing Well in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco on Tuesdays at 1:15pm.

A Reflection on Advent

Advent literally means arrival. It is a time of preparation and a time of anticipation. For Christians, it is a time we remember God’s incarnation – both God becoming human in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, as well as the ongoing inbreaking of the Kingdom of God where mercy, compassion, and justice reign. It…

A Lenten Journey with the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Week 6

Review of the Past Week: During the past week, we explored the fifth, sixth, and seventh limbs of ashtanga yoga, which are pratyhara, dharana, dyhana (withdrawal of senses, concentration, meditation).  These limbs invite us to move from the outer self to the inner self. By practicing these limbs, we increase our capacity to focus our awareness and deepen our…

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…

A Lenten Journey with the 8 Limbs of Yoga

During the season of Lent, Christians around the world engage in a renewed practice of prayer, fasting, and service in preparation for Holy Week when we remember the self-giving and transformative love of Jesus. Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection are not merely historical events, but something we live today personally and communally through the various…