Here is a quote from Fr. Colhoun: “When you take up those practices from other cultures, which are outside our Christian domain, you don’t know what you are opening yourself up to. The bad spirit can be communicated in a variety of ways. I’m not saying everyone gets it, or that it happens every time, and people may well be doing yoga harmlessly, but there’s always a risk and that’s why the Pope mentioned it and that’s why we talk about that in terms of the danger of the new age movement and the danger of the occult today. That’s the fear.”
I wonder what he would say about one of my teachers, Sr. Iyengar yoga teacher, Father Joe Pereira? Father Joe is a Catholic priest who teachesyoga and quotes the Yoga Sutras. He was a friend and colleague of Mother Teresa and a long time friend and student of BKS Iyengar. A man whose life’s work is spent helping people with AIDs and people struggling with addiction. He is the founder of the Kripa Foundation, the largest Non–Governmental Organization in India created to help these individuals.
Here is an excerpt of “Addiction, Recovery and Yoga” featuring Father Joe in a powerful documentary on how people have used yoga as part of their journey in recovery from serious addiction problems to a new life of well-being and emotional stability.
And Father Joe leading a chant embracing All religions.
In my opinion what we need in this world is more enlightened priests like Father Joe Pereira and less closed-minded antiquated priests rooted in the dark ages like Father Calhoon.
About EssentialYoga Studio
Roberta Dell'Anno E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer
Owner EssentialYoga Studio.
Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and teaching yoga since 2004. She has studied extensively under master yoga teachers Patricia Walden, Zoë Stewart, Sri Arun H.S., Elise Browning Miller, and others. She completed a two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training program with Sr. Iyengar Teacher, Peentz Dubble in June 2017.
Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014, attended Abhijata's 2-week intensive in Pune, India, December 2016 and BKS Iyengar's Centenary 10-day intensive taught by Prashantji & Geetaji, December 2018.
She completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as a 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor in 2014, completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center in 2005 and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989.
The studio provides individual & specialized privates, semi-privates, group private sessions, and yoga workshops. Roberta conducts local and out of town workshops. She specializes in yoga for scoliosis and back care. She uses props to help students and teachers of all levels transform their backbends, twists, standing and seated postures, as well as inversions like sarvangasana (shoulderstand).
She also works with individuals who have physical challenges, specifically individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, CMT, Parkinson's Disease, scoliosis, and amputees in private, semi-private and group sessions.
Also, BKS Iyengar also met with Pope Jon Paul who was also wanted to learn Iyengar Yoga as he thought it would help with his health problems. However the classes could not happen because while Guruji agreed that he would never publicise that the Pope was taking therapeutic classes, he could not deny this outright if he was directly asked about it. The Pope’s advisers were worried about how this would look to the public so the classes didn’t happen. There is a passage about this in Light on Life I think.
Thank you Itinerant Yogi, I think I remember that passage. I will have to go back and see if I can find it! 🙂
I’ve located the passage Itinerant Yogi mentioned above on pages 179-180 of “Light on Life”