The world is full of spiritually hungry people.
Full of people hungry for spiritual practices and traditions that nourish rather than stress the soul, that allow for vulnerability, and foster a love of spirit and body.
If this resonates at all for you, I hope you’ll join our community of spiritual seekers:
The Yoga Church is about Mystery and Love.
We’re trying to connect with Divine Mystery (however we each understand it) and (through this connection) build our capacity to love.
Yoga is both a state of mind and the practices that help us reach that state. It’s a vast spiritual science that includes so much more than postures.
The root of Yoga is yuj, which means union. Yoga is the union of God and Self.
Church is a word that signifies a community of people gathered together to explore and honor divinity. While the word church is most often associated with Christianity, it’s used by several non-christian groups including Buddhists and even atheists.
The Yoga Church is not a Christian group that practices yoga postures.
The Yoga Church is a gathering of diverse people with different religious experience and understanding—from every faith tradition and none—unified by our desire to live lives of intention, meaning, and mystery.
Together we study the deeper dimensions of yoga practice and wrestle with big questions so that we can learn how to love ourselves, our communities, and our world better. We’re not interested in self-care for its own sake. We’re interested in the kind of self-care that resources and equips us to work for collective care.
“Before Yoga Church, I never thought yoga had anything to do with social justice. And it has everything to do with social justice! It really does.” —M.A.
Together we practice the many tools of yoga so that we can feel grounded, respond to emotional upheaval with intention, and figure out our next, right action.
Together we explore our passions and curiosity. We share our anger and our laughter. We help each other move through struggle and celebrate joy. We mark the changing seasons with ritual and blessing.
We’re building our own community. We’re breaking down the walls of individualism and saying NO to the myth of perfectionism. We’re defining our own spiritual paths.
Will you join us?
The Yoga Church follows a Seasonal Rhythm.
Many of us (especially those of us who’ve experienced a sense of spiritual homelessness) desire a way to move through time—move through life—with a deeper sense of tradition and connection.
Thankfully we don’t have to try and make something up. We don’t have to try and create something new. All we have to do is step outside.
Technological progress is an amazing thing (the Yoga Church is an online community after all!). But it can create an illusion of separateness between us humans and the natural world of which we are a part. Through the magic of technology our lives can take on a certain sameness. February 9th can feel exactly the same as August 15th. But the seasons of winter and summer are not the same.
Our ancestors knew the difference (because their lives depended on it). And so do our souls.
Through the practice of intentional season keeping we can let our souls rest in our intrinsic relationship with Nature. We can reconnect with the rhythm of the earth and the festivals our ancestors celebrated. We can follow the natural cycle of balance-activity-balance-rest and find healing from the stress, depression, anxiety, and general spiritual malaise that affects so many of us.
The Yoga Church pauses with every season change to acknowledge and celebrate the cyclical nature of our lives.
With every season change we dedicate 3 of our Sunday Gatherings to retreat:
First we rest: We take time for rest and practice Yoga Nidra, which is a fully guided meditation practice designed to bring us into a state of consciousness somewhere between waking and sleeping. It diffuses our attention and leads us on a journey through all levels of our being. It’s an utterly nourishing practice that offers deep relaxation for the body and mind while connecting you with a deeper vision of yourself.
Then we set intention: We connect with the Hridaya Guha (the cave of the heart) and learn to listen to our inner voice of Wisdom. As the Chandogya Upanishad tells us: “As great as the infinite space beyond is the space within the cave of the heart. Both heaven and earth are contained in that inner space, both fire and air, sun and moon, lightening and stars. Whether we know it in this world or know it not, everything is contained in that inner space.”
And finally, we celebrate. We welcome the season change with a special practice dedicated to the Pancha Maha Bhutas (the 5 great elements). We root ourselves in the natural world. We build seasonal altars. We bless the elements. And we set intentions for the season ahead.
In between these special practices, our weekly gatherings focus on the various yogic teachings being explored through the Sunday Sermons.
Will you join us?