Yoga in a church!
Who’s practiced yoga in a church before? I’m guessing not that many people. What a neat idea! A cathedral is a pretty unlikely place to attend a yoga class….but it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful setting (regardless of how you feel about religion). There is just something peaceful about being inside.
Each week on Tuesdays, hundreds of people gather in San Francisco at the Grace Cathedral to practice yoga together. I just love how this church is open to alternative ways of thinking, and is pretty progressive (as far as churches go). Yoga mats are set up wherever they fit, and there is a different musician playing each week. Class is open to all ages, backgrounds, and faith affiliations, as a way to recognize there are many paths to spirituality.
This particular week, there were two renowned spiritual leaders (Pujya Swami and Sadhvi), visiting from Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh India. These two leaders have dedicated their lives to interfaith work, eradicating poverty, and environmental protection, and gave an inspiring talk after class about living with grace. In the below photo, they are the two on the right, accompanied by the dean of the cathedral in the middle.
Thanks to my bestie Rachel for inviting me along! If you’re interested in reading more about Parmarth Niketan and the work they do, you can read my friend’s interview with Sadhvi here. I loved their message so much….and I can’t wait to visit their ashram next month when I travel to India and Nepal.
For anyone interested and able to make it to San Francisco, here is the link to Yoga at Grace Cathedral. Be sure to arrive early to find parking…….since parking in SF is always so much fun (said no one ever) 😉
Here are a few beautiful photos of the exterior of Grace Cathedral: