Did you know Ignatian Spirituality and yoga are friendly partners?
Details: Yoga serves as a way to find peace and calm just like prayer. The movement, stillness, breath and intentions of yoga offer us a practice of paying attention. Ignatian Spirituality calls us to take that practice from the mat and carry it into the world to find God in all things so life itself becomes prayer. The outer movements of yoga poses and breath work can help us connect to our inner movements, which are clues to where God is calling us. Yoga can be a path to develop deeper relationships with ourselves and with God. Come relax the body, quiet the mind, and connect with the presence of God. Join us for a day of yoga, journaling, guided meditation, and community. Lunch and yoga mats provided. Please bring a journal and a reusable water bottle. Comfortable clothing suitable for physical activity is recommended.
Retreat facilitated by Nora Blumenstein and yoga instruction led by Meaghan Whalen.
Nora Blumenstein is a social worker with over ten years of experience witnessing others connect with their self-worth and desires. She has provided case management and counseling to women in situations of domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Belize. Nora now serves as Program Director of Soroptimist, where she leads global programs that increase access to education for women and girls. Nora attended College of the Holy Cross, is a former Jesuit Volunteer, belongs to Old St. Joseph's Church, and completed Contemplative Leaders in Action, a program of the USA Northeast and Maryland Jesuit Provinces. She has been leading retreats rooted in Ignatian Spirituality since early 2016.
Meaghan Whalen is a professional fundraiser and currently works for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA providing assistance to refugees and displaced people all in 51 countries. She is Jesuit educated, a Former Jesuit Volunteer and complete Contemplative Leaders in Action. Her yoga practice began in 2007 and the practice became an important source of balance and community building. She loves the focus and patience she's learned in the practice of yoga and these lessons translate beautifully off the mat. Meaghan completed her 200-hour teacher training at DIG Yoga (now Three Queens) in Philadelphia in 2015. Her teaching is grounded in the empowerment of alignment and she infuses her classes with mindfulness and a little bit of sarcasm.
The workshop is hosted at Aquinas Center, a community outreach space in South Philadelphia with a mission to build unity in diversity, support learning, and inspire thoughtful action.