Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Now ‘Catholic Yoga’ in America

Nevada, Jan 24 (IBNS) Famous Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago (USA) is now offering ‘Catholic Yoga’ classes.

Website of this Cathedral, which is both a parish and the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, says: “Join us as we explore the multiple spiritual and physical benefits of yoga practice while explicitly integrating prayers and spiritual themes of our Catholic faith.”

“Typical sessions will include an opening prayer, inspired movement & strengthening, and contemplative prayer to close. The program will be focused around various themes to coincide with the liturgical calendar and progression of our faith life across the seasons”, it adds.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Monday, said that although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, yoga was a world heritage to be utilized by all.

Instructors for ‘Catholic Yoga’ include Ali Niederkorn, who claims to be “a devoted Catholic and a practicing yogi”; and Dina Wolf, who teaches vinyasa flow yoga and who has taken Hatha yoga classes.

This Cathedral, whose tagline is “the place where Chicago goes to pray" and whose traces go back as far as 1843, is Chicago’s “one and only” Cathedral and attracts thousands of visitors each week from world over. Monsignor Dan Mayal is the Pastor while Francis Cardinal George is the Archbishop of Chicago.

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