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.

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…

Ignatian Yoga Newsletter October, 2017

We live in an uncertain and unstable time. With the increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters, mass shootings, and political polarization there is growing anxiety, fear, and disconnect — a disconnect between groups of people and disconnect within ourselves. Seeking a way forward, I keep coming back to Ignatian spirituality and yoga. For the past eight years,…

Ignatian Yoga at The Center in Hollywood

Originally published: thejesuitpost.org/2016/10/ignatian-yoga I’m tired and sore as I sit in Catholic liturgies and retreats. I have become more and more aware of how my body and breath are overlooked. I want a Church that takes the connection between the body, mind, and spirit more seriously. I envision a Church that recognizes the importance of…

When Yoga and Ignatian Spirituality Meet

November 20, 2015 |by Bobby Karle, SJ Video: Gabby Demattais Originally published: thejesuitpost.org/2015/11/when-yoga-and-ignatian-spirituality-meet I had recently come back from two-years in Belize as a Jesuit Volunteer and was discerning entering the Jesuits when yoga and Ignatian spirituality proved to be valuable resources in my life. They gave me direction and clarity during my most significant…