We have talked before about the spiritual dangers of Yoga. It is not “just stretching”. If one is not careful, your freshman daughter at university will not be going to Mass and will be talking about yogic philosophy, getting her chakras aligned and going to yoga classes on Sunday mornings.
However, yoga is widespread in Ontario “catholic” schools. It is throughout the HPE Phy Ed program, it is via chaplains, it is via Grade 11 Yoga in the Chapel for the unit in “World Religions” on Hinduism.
You are your own Creator?
Read all the spirituality parts of this OISE essay from this Yoga teacher in the classroom:
A New Approach to Holistic Physical Education: Yoga in the Classroom
“Presently, in the spiritual realm, I see a glowing red dot between the centre of my eyes. I hear deep, somber and poetic chanting in my head and I feel my body turned 8 deeply in a direction where only breath can allow me to go further. I inhale positivity and exhale frustration. My mind is enlightened by the sight of my body doing something unfamiliar and unpredictable. This peaceful place of self -discovery is like the morning sun rising behind the mountains. As the rays of the sun, seep through the cracks of rock marking the beginning of a new day. I am open to the possibility of reaching “true happiness” and clarity of mind. My spirituality is now known to me through my yoga practice and no longer through the ancient prayers I once recited. My religion is familiar and important to me but lacks the personal connection that I so strongly desire. I am drawn to the part within myself that encompasses more of the world and not just my people and I see great purpose in this hopeful space. “
A VERY quick search finds all this yoga at Assumption, St Anthony’s, Convent Glen and St Elizabeth Ann Seton. We are certain there is much much more!
“Volunteer Yoga Instructor/School Mentor : St. Isidore (Kanata), St. Gregory, St. Anthony, Our Lady of Victory and St. Mary.”