Yoga originated in northern India more than 5,000 years ago – roughly 3,000 years before the first Christmas – but its discipline has proven a capacity to stir a closer spiritual relationship for people of many faiths.
Teresa DeLabio is among those who can attest.
DeLabio, 26, a licensed massage therapist and member of The Chapel at Cross Point, discovered Holy Yoga last year, became certified to teach it and, in August, began to offer classes twice a week at The Fountain Wellness Center in Clarence. She describes it as "the intentional practice of connecting our entire being, body, mind and spirit with God."
Those interested in trying it pay $5 for the first class. For more information, visit holyyogawithteresa.com.
Q. What is it like?
A woman named Brooke Boon started it about 10 years ago and it's slowly making its way east. It's like a worship experience. It's creating a space to get quiet, get alone with God, to worship him with your heart, your soul, your mind, your body, with everything.
We listen to Christian music. We do a little devotional, whatever God has on my heart that week or whatever verse he puts on my heart to share. Then we do some yoga. So we get benefits of the physical parts of yoga as well as a worship experience. Anyone is welcome to come in but we focus on Jesus…
There is often a misunderstanding that yoga is a religion; it is not. Yoga is a spiritual discipline, much like prayer, fasting and meditation. Yoga has the capacity to enhance our personal beliefs and faith.
Twitter: @BNrefresh, @ScottBScanlon