Yoga is union. It invites union of breath, body, mind and spirit. No matter what age, health condition, belief system or physical abilities we have - Yoga is a gift of being present in that union. As a lifelong spiritual seeker, my Catholic upbringing often seemed to be in conflict with my Yoga journey. I no longer feel that way. For I know that the search for peace that surpasses all understanding is what unites us. Yogadevotion’s weekly lessons offer an amazing tool that invites us to feel the presence of mind, body, spirit and God. I looked forward to each devotion and Yoga treasure like a cup of soothing tea for my body and soul.
Sherry Zak Morris
CEO, Yoga Journey Productions and Co-Founder of the Yoga Vista Academy
This book is a welcome and creative contribution to a societal matrix in which yoga has gone mainstream while church congregations are diminishing. With insightful reflections on scripture, this wide-ranging approach to spiritual practice guides us into a faith-based experience of yoga as one way of leading people to an experience of the Holy. Cindy and Heidi invite us to combine praise of God with our posture practice, and to come home to our bodies by practicing Presence. Yogadevotion offers a faith-based yoga practice accessible to all that cultivate encounters with God both on the mat and in one’s daily living. A timely gift, indeed!
Thomas Ryan, CSP
Director, Paulist Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
Author, Prayer of Heart and Body: Meditation and Yoga as Christian Spiritual Practice
Yogadevotion is a most timely and needed book. In an era where the rigidity and wariness between and among various world religions is softening and dissipating, and yet while we’re still experiencing the stressful challenge and dis-ease that surrounds us – this collection of weekly devotions is a healing balm. Pairing together meaningful passages of scripture with spiritual insight from various traditions is delicious by itself, but to also have them wedded to hatha yoga postures – accompanied with insightful instructions that invite relevant intentions – is a soul-moving trinity. These devotions speak to our heads, our bodies, and our hearts. Yoga seeks to help yogis and yoginis to take their “practice off the mat” and this interpretation of yoga for Christian disciples helps us to follow Jesus out of the pews and out in the streets as we live our lives. Highly recommended. Namaste.
Rev. Roger Wolsey
Yogi and Author, Kissing Fish: Christianity for People who Don’t Like Christianity
Yogadevotion shows how yoga, properly understood, goes beyond the physical to engage all we are: body, mind, and spirit. This marvelous book is a bridge between the yoga mat and the spiritual experience of transcendence. I am sure the ancient sages who introduced yoga would smile in approval of these insights.
Larry Dossey, MD
Author, One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
When I was a boy, I was taught to pray by folding my hands and bowing my head. That was a good start, but there are so many other ways we can work with our bodies to open our hearts to God, to life, and to love. Yogadevotion will introduce you to fifty-two of those ways, one for each week for a year. Thoughtful meditations are linked with beautiful photographs and simple instructions. I can think of so many friends who will love this book!
Activist/Author, We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation
There are those among us who take refuge in both our Christian faith and our practice of Yoga, and yet they can seem worlds apart. The book you are holding in your hands begins to build a bridge between these worlds and to offer some of the timeless wisdom that unites them both. In a time of much intolerance, Yogadevotion reminds us of the importance of keeping our hearts, minds, and bodies open and our breath steady and prayerful.
Author, The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice
I was fortunate to be Heidi Green's medical oncologist while she was undergoing therapy for her breast cancer. As all of us know, there are many pathways to better health. Medical therapy is important, but spiritual "therapy" also plays a major role. Heidi found yoga to be a very useful component of her breast cancer treatment and I give her a lot of credit in co-writing Yogadevotion to share what she learned as a way to help others.
Douglas Yee, MD, Professor of Medicine
Director, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota