Our History

How Ignatian Yoga became Ignatian Spirituality & Yoga.

July 2016

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At The Center of Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood, CA with Bobby Karle, SJ and Fr. Frank Buckley, SJ

October 2016

Ignatian Yoga Founded and sponsored by the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus

Bobby and Alan Haras, Detroit-based yoga instructor and Ignatian spirituality guide, facilitated a half-day retreat at Sts. Peter and Paul Jesuit Parish in downtown Detroit. Realizing the enthusiasm and interest in the integration of these two traditions – Ignatian spirituality and yoga – Bobby and Alan teamed up to develop a weekend retreat program and co-founded Ignatian Yoga as an organization sponsored by the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Ignatian Yoga continued to grow as a collaborative ministry led by Jesuits and lay people formed in both the Ignatian and yoga traditions.

February 2018 - November 2019

Facilitating Weekend Retreats

Weekend retreats happen across the US in New York, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia and California.

March 2020 - December 2020

COVID Pandemic Affects Yoga Retreats

Ignatian Yoga cancelled five scheduled in-person weekend retreats due to the pandemic and switched to a virtual learning environment.

March 28-April 25, 2020: Five-week Retreat in Daily Life virtual retreat series

July-August, 2020: Four-week Prophetic Imagination Online virtual series

December 2020 - May 2021

Provisional pause of organization

The Ignatian Yoga team decides to pause programming and outreach in order to discern and consult about how to proceed into the future. The team decides to retire the Ignatian Yoga name takes steps to proceed with ever greater respect for both traditions.

September 2021

Launch of Ignatian Spirituality & Yoga

  • Launch of the new iteration with the name “Ignatian Spirituality & Yoga” (ISY)
  • Built a new website with designer Ashley Swanson 
  • Began an open-sourced model. Anyone can use the new ISY name
  • Functions primarily as a resource and support for practitioners and instructors 
  • Implemented a new cost structure – all ISY program fees are now donation-based 

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