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What is your Intention?

When I read the quote above I immediately think of Robin Hood. He stole from the rich to give to the poor. Same situation as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables." He stole a loaf of bread to feed a child and devoted his life to doing good. Most of Pre-Vatican II Catholicism was governed strictly by law without due consideration of intention. Opening the Church to new understandings and outlooks has been noticeable since then, especially with Pope Francis leading traditional Catholicism into the modern world. Catholics who have chosen to condemn yoga do so because of a statement released by Pope Francis in a 2015 homily: “You can follow a thousand catechism courses, a thousand spirituality course

Catholicism and yoga: defined

*Both definitions are quoted from the Merriam-Webster dictionary. The surface level of the relationship between Catholicism and yoga begins with the structure of each word. Catholic means “universal” and Yoga in Sanskrit, its native language, means “union” or “to yoke.” The prefix to both words is “uni-” meaning "made one." One of the reasons Catholicism is considered the universal church because the practices are consistently the same throughout the world. This is one of my favorite things about Catholicism. I can go to a Catholic church in Louisiana and a Catholic church anywhere in the world and hear the same readings! That makes every inch of my organized mind rejoice. No matter where y

American Synthesis: Catholicism and Yoga

Catholicism came to America, then yoga came to America. American Catholicism and American yoga have something in common: synthesis. As defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, synthesis is the combination of different forms of belief or practice. So let's begin how Kateri Tekakwitha became the first Native American saint canonized... European missionaries protected convert Natives from enslavement if they would show up to mass every Sunday for an hour or longer. Natives practiced synthesis because they would attend mass and continue to believe in their previous spiritual practices. Many missionaries wanted the Natives to understand the true meaning and practices behind the Catholic Church,

Bethel Yogi: my hopes for this blog

This is quite an exciting endeavor for me! I was inspired to write this blog after presenting on Catholicism and Yoga in my REL 4010 class. *Disclaimer: I am not a Catholic scholar or a Yoga guru.* There is such a stigma behind practicing yoga because of its Eastern roots. Many Catholics say that you can practice yoga as long as you only perform the poses. But yoga is not another fitness trend. Yoga is just as much of a spiritual practice as it is a physical practice. My hopes for this blog is to help Catholics realize that they can take their Catholic background into their yoga practice. That's right y'all...Catholic Yoga! In this blog, I will be sharing my research and understanding of Cat