Friday, December 30, 2011

Beyond Exercise: Yoga can be a Spiritual Experience for all Faiths

Deseret News:

On a recent Thursday night at the Hare Krishna temple in Spanish Fork, a thick wave of incense floats through the air as the chords of a singsong prayer echo off the temple's octagonal ceiling.

Underneath a canopy of flowers and lights, a statue of the dark-skinned Krishna and his ivory-skinned wife Radha smile out at the half dozen students sitting cross-legged and bare-footed on the floor.

Some sway back and forth to the music, singing along with the words of the prayer while others close their eyes in blissful meditation.

The musical ceremony is a chance to offer gifts back to God, the original giver, and is the first portion of the evening's yoga class here. Read more...