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Christian Spirituality and Contemplative Yoga for Women

“Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”

- Maya Angelou

While many Christians today practice yoga  as a form of relaxation or fitness, yoga can be a vehicle for deepening our spiritual lives as well.

Both of these days of reflection focus on a theme in women’s spirituality along with embodied prayer.  The day includes  a morning breathing meditation, a morning talk and group discussion, time for silent reflection, and afternoon Contemplative Yoga (which can also  be done in a chair).

Contemplative Yoga brings together the richness of the Christian contemplative tradition with modern yoga postures to create a gentle, embodied prayer experience that can deepen one's relationship with God in mind, body, and spirit.  While the primary focus will be on Christian spirituality, all are welcome to attend!

Please wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat (or a beach towel; we have a few extra mats, as well). You may also want to bring a journal for the individual reflection time.

Saturday, June 2nd, focus: "True Beauty"
This day will draw from writings of contemporary women theologians as we explore the intersection of the body, beauty, and spirituality, focusing on what it means to embrace being created in the image of God in our daily lives.

Cost of $45 includes the noon meal.

Gretchen Baumgardt, MDiv (University of  Notre Dame), PhD (Marquette University), describes herself as a Catholic lay woman with a holistic approach to spirituality.  Throughout her professional career, she has served as a theological educator, retreat facilitator, and spiritual director for parishes, high schools, and universities.  Currently she is a visiting assistant professor in the  Theology Department at Marquette University and teaches courses focusing on spirituality, social justice, and  women and multicultural theologies.  She is also  a certified yoga teacher in Integrative Yoga Therapy, which approaches yoga as a “healing art.”

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