In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a foundational text of Yoga, asana, or the physical poses, and pranayama, breathwork, are only two of the eight “limbs of yoga.” And so while the poses and breathwork can certainly offer particular practices of embodiment that are central to yoga, and thus to IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY & YOGA, we are not merely using the poses as an entrance into “embodied prayer.” ISY is about engaging with the larger school of philosophy that makes up the yoga path to samadhi (union with the Divine), and bringing this tradition in its fullness into conversation with Ignatian Spirituality.
We acknowledge that Yoga has been mis-appropriated and commodified in the modern context and are committed to reduce any harm or disrespect. We are in ongoing conversations with scholars, teachers, and practitioners from both Ignatian Spirituality and Yoga to help us in this task. And we consistently ask ourselves: How do we increasingly understand both traditions in terms of their historical and contemporary application — history and tradition, theology, anthropology, epistemology?
We are also aware that in the West, yoga has attracted a mainly affluent and white community of practitioners. ISY is committed to engage a diverse community of teachers and practitioners.
Discover deeper connection with self, others, nature and God.
Experience transformation that leads to ever greater interior freedom.
Commit to conscious action that embodies a faith that does justice.
We are grounded in the Jesuit-Catholic tradition
We are students and practitioners of Yoga
We hold Ignatian spirituality and the Dharmic traditions in conversation
We are committed to dialogue with scholars and leaders from a wide range of religious, philosophical, and academic approaches
We present spiritual practices to empower individuals to engage in compassionate action and selfless service.
We take embodiment seriously, caring for the mind, body, soul, and planet.
We are committed to keep justice, equity, diversity and inclusion at the heart of ministry
We seek to empower young people with tools and resources to navigate the challenges of modern life
We strive to care for our common home by being good stewards of creation