The Cathedral, which is both a parish and the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, states on its website

Drawing from multiple faith traditions, yoga has evolved across the ages as a means of tuning the body for better communion with God through prayer and meditation. 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 include an opening prayer, inspired movement and strengthening, and contemplative prayer to close. The program is focused around various themes to coincide with the liturgical calendar and progression of the Catholic faith life across the seasons.

Practitioners of different faiths shouldn't be afraid of yoga, says Hindu statesman Rajan Zed. Zed, the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, says that  yoga is a world heritage to be used by all. Anyone can practice his or her respective faith and do yoga, he says. It isn't at odds with any faith and rather "makes one spiritually healthier."

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Line Goguen-Hughes

Line Goguen-Hughes is a writer and editor and former assistant editor at Mindful.


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