A resource which aims to help individuals, pairs or groups embody the season of Lent through the intersection of classical Hatha Yoga practice and Christian spirituality. The eight sessions can be practised on a chair only or on an exercise mat indoors or outdoors.
At its core, this book is a holistic exploration of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 which is full of universal opposites, paradoxes and dualisms: ‘A time to be born and a time to die … a time for love and a time for hate.’ Lent is the time when many Christians focus on Jesus’ confrontation with the oppositional forces of good and evil in the desert, as well as his last days leading to his crucifixion.
The author believes that mind-body dualism in any sector is dangerous, but in religious communities it is toxic. ‘In our digital age, this is the season for embodiment,’ she says. ‘The holistic modality of yoga offers a toolbox for more embodied wholeness, unity and peace – moment by moment … Attentiveness to ourselves as autonomous subjects rather than objects can result in more compassion, empathy and wellbeing. For me, Jesus-centred embodiment is the way towards better self-care, and improved relationships with others, the Earth and all living things, as well as deeper intimacy with the Source of all breath.’
Pauline Steenbergen is an Associate Member of the Iona Community, a Church of Scotland minister, a Spiritual Director, an ecumenical pioneer and a Yoga Scotland teacher.