Praying
       Our Bodies
   Preparing
          For Advent

            November 23-25, 2007
         Holy Cross  Monastery  NY

Come take refuge and pray.  We will integrate our bodies and spirits in worship: aligning the body through postures and praying the body through posture sequences to sung prayers.  Enter the mystery, power, and rhythm of the body through yoga, Gregorian chanting with the monks, Taize chant, mindful eating, and mindful walking the labyrinth and by the river.

Releasing our physical restlessness, our body can become a quiet home in which to rest in meditation, open to the indwelling of Emmanuel.  We will embody the spirit of Advent:  waiting for the Christ in the womb of Mary, awaiting the Incarnation, becoming ready to receive Emmanuel.

                                ALL,
        WITH OR WITHOUT YOGA EXPERIENCE,
                         ARE WELCOME

    Those new to yoga: Discover how opening your body can help to deepen your relationship with God.  the sequences can be modified to accommodate anyone.
    Those who have practiced yoga for years:  Find ways to connect your love of yoga with your Christian Spirituality and to slow down to the deepest rhythms of your breath and body.

    Please bring something to place on a prayer table in the practice room. 
    And, if you have them, a sticky mat and a meditation cushion.

Carolyn Bluemle
, teaching yoga since 1989 and Iyengar certified, teaches at Unity Woods Yoga Center.  During doctoral studies in ancient Greek philosophy at UC Berkeley,  she honed her analytical skills.  Years as a dancer inspired her appreciation of the rhythms and poetry of the body.  Through the healing practices yoga, meditation, and Taize chant she has renewed her Christian faith with joy and compassion.  Her teaching, precise and  enthusiastic, reflects her deep experience of yoga as prayer.

Holy Cross Monastery NY nestled on 26 magnificent acres on west bank of the Hudson River, is home to an open-hearted Episcopal Benedictine community.   Here it is easy to enter a time of prayer and reflection, renewal and recreation.

$230 for the weekend includes meals, room and program.
Begins at Supper 6 PM Friday Nov 23
Ends after Lunch around 1:30 Sunday Nov 25

          
            
www.holycrossmonastery.com



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