Item description for An Invitation to Christian Yoga [With CD] by Nancy Roth...
Overview An Invitation to Christian Yoga offers a simple introduction to Hatha yoga, in a Christian context of prayer, as a way of deepening a connection with God. Simple poses and exercises are clearly explained and helpfully illustrated by line drawings, and biblical text accompanies each pose. Includes instructional CD.
Publishers Description Although yoga is increasingly popular as a source of spiritual and physical well being, few Christians know that it is also a unique way to worship God through the ancient practices and disciplines of body prayer. Nancy Roth's "An Invitation to Christian Yoga" offers an introduction to the practice of yoga as a Christian discipline of prayer, followed by simple poses and exercises that are clearly explained and helpfully illustrated by line drawings. Roth offers a short biblical text, often from the psalms, to accompany each pose as basis for meditation. This book is ideal for beginners as well as more advanced practitioners who wish to incorporate yoga into their life of daily prayer.
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Studio: Seabury Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.68" Width: 7.58" Height: 0.34" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2005
Publisher Seabury Books
ISBN 159627008X ISBN13 9781596270084
Availability 0 units.
More About Nancy Roth
Roth is an Episcopal priest with an ecumenical ministry in spirituality and prayer. She conducts workshops on Christian yoga, meditation, and dance prayer.
Nancy Roth currently resides in Oberlin Oblerlin Oberlin. Nancy Roth was born in 1936 and has an academic affiliation as follows - New York University, USA.
Reviews - What do customers think about Invitation to Christian Yoga?
Not Thrilling Jul 26, 2007
As a Christian yogini, I was intrigued by this book. It makes perfect sense that the inner quiet brought on by an asana practice could be fused with Christian worship. However, I have to say that I found the exercises very basic and a little...well, cheesy. Also, the CD left much to be desired. There could at least be some nice music. In my opinion, you are much better off just to choose your own prayers and scriptures to use in conjunction with your personal practice. However, for a beginner who does not mind the cheese factor, it might be ok. I do appreciate the fact that Nancy Roth has created a work that helps to destroy the myth that yoga and Christianity can not coexist.
Great book for new yogis Jan 3, 2007
This is a great getting started book. It walks you through the Son-Salute as a morning prayer- until you do it you can't imagine how good it feels to begin your day with such simple stretches that help you present your day to God.
5 Stars If Beginner Nov 5, 2006
I would have rated this book 5 stars except for the phrase in the publisher's description that said it was ideal for "advanced practitioners." I'm not exactly advanced since I still can't do lotus, but I have practiced for a few years and so all of the postures were very introductory to me.
That being said, the book greatly enhanced my practice because of the encouragement and direction from the author for incorporating Christian faith and nearness to God in one's practice. The thoughts for meditation offered during the relaxation phase were deep and beautiful and worth the cost of the book. So, it is "ideal for advanced practioners" if what you're looking for is direction for Christ-centering your practice.
The text portions offer lots of options for doing the stretches/poses, which makes this an especially good book for anyone with physical limitations (or beginners). It's also an excellent book for anyone desiring to develop a Christ-centered yoga practice.
Boring CD Jun 23, 2006
When I found this book & CD on this site I was excited because I attend yoga classes at my gym, but I was really seeking to have some "quiet time" with God in the process of all that wonderful stretching. I read through the book & was excited to put in the cd. When I did, I was dissapointed. I was expecting nice music or the narrator reading some of the scripture mentioned in the book, etc. Instead there was NO music, No scripture, and not an adequate amount of time to let you get a complete stretch or concentrate on something other than moving your arm to the next position. Bottom line, if you're looking for a good audio yoga CD that focuses on God & streching with some nice relaxing music - this is not for you. BUT if all you are looking for is a Christian yoga book with very basic stretches & a couple of scripture references - this book/CD is for you.
Good introduction to yoga, Christian or otherwise Apr 28, 2006
Why learn yoga from an Episcopal priest? Rev. Roth may not be Hindu guru, but she manages to explain 25 Hatha Yoga postures (asanas), helped with clear line drawings by Susan John Mangam, in a way that even complete beginners will understand. Plus, as a lapsed Episcopalian, I was amused by the idea of learning yoga from an Episcopal priest. Rev. Roth offers many ideas about incorporating God and worship into the postures, which may be helpful to practicing Christians. As a practicing Scientologist, however, I am waiting for the day that someone writes a Scientologist yoga book incorporating the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard. As our great founder and leader taught us, we can only reach enlightenment through auditing, so I don't know how to reconcile the truth of Scientology with the practices of yoga, although in "The Hymn of Asia", L. Ron Hubbard did imply he was the Maitreya, or future Buddha, so I'm sure a reconciliation is possible. I certainly hope so, because I have benefited enormously from yoga, almost as much as I have benefited from Scientology. Only 10 more Intensives and $53,200 to go to Clear!