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…