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Our exhale is God's inhale; God's exhale is our inhale.

In Christ We Live and Move and Breathe

Yoga as a Christian devotional practice connects us to God and to ourselves as God’s creation. We view our yoga practice as embodied prayer and a way of integrating our body, mind and spirit into time with Jesus.

In our yoga classes, you will have opportunities to improve balance, flexibility and strength as you grow in faith. Each of our yoga classes include movement, prayer and scripture as we seek to connect more deeply with our bodies and with God. All classes are drop-in (no registration necessary) and free will donation/pay as you are able. First class? Plan to come 10 minutes early to fill out new student information and check-in with the teacher about your specific needs in your practice. We can’t wait to meet you!

While it is preferable that you have your own mat, we have some you can use. We also have blocks, straps and blankets available as props for your practice.

Class Schedule (updated 3/15/2022)

Mat-based classes for all levels with Amanda Berger
In-Person Class:
Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. in the CFL
Virtual Classes:
Mondays at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. on Zoom

Chair yoga classes for all levels with Kathy Hagedorn
In-Person Classes:
Mondays at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

Yoga for Men
We also offer a men’s yoga class in-person on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. This class is co-taught by Amanda and Kathy and features options for both mat and chair. We use lots of props to help build strength, flexibility and balance keeping in mind the special design of men’s bodies.

Preschool Story Yoga–Begins Soon!
Mondays, April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9 and 16
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Preschool children who are at least 3 years old and a parent/adult are invited to a fun new yoga program. At Story Yoga, Kathy Hagedorn will lead fun stories and activities, and try out some playful yoga poses. We can make ourselves into animal shapes like frogs and puppies and flamingos and other fun things! Want to try it? Register online for Story Yoga

Special Events
Throughout the year we host special events, workshops and retreats for those interested in deepening their yoga practice. Subscribe to our yoga newsletter for the most current offerings by contacting Amanda or Kathy.

We are blessed to have on staff two people who have passion for yoga and desire to share yoga within our community. For more information contact Amanda Berger at aberger@spdlc.org or Kathy Hagedorn at khagedorn@spdlc.org. Current class schedules and special events are also noted in our weekly SPD e-newsletter. See below for instructor bios.

 

Amanda Berger, YA-200, CYFT-200

Amanda joined the SPD staff in 2006 and has shared her gifts in numerous ways, the most current being as the editor of our magazine, Inspire, and as our director of social media.  She began her own yoga journey over 20 years ago and has found it to be a transformational practice for her life and faith. Amanda completed her initial 200-hour yoga training through YogaFaith in 2019 and has been teaching at SPD since then. She also has completed a specialty training in Trauma Informed Yoga and is currently working through an Adaptive Yoga training.  Amanda also shares her passion for yoga and gifts for writing with The Yoga Abbey, and online Christian yoga community.

Kathy Hagedorn, YA-200, Certified Teacher of Children’s Yoga

Kathy joined the St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church Children’s Ministry Team in 2000.  As Director of Children’s Ministry, she has ministered to children preschool through grade five. Yoga practice became part of Kathy’s life in 2011 where she participated in the 26 poses of Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga with weights, and Vinyasa Yoga. Kathy completed her Registered Yoga Teacher Program in 2020 and her Teaching Children’s Yoga in 2021. Kathy teaches Children’s Yoga offsite, Chair Yoga and Men’s Yoga at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in addition to private lessons. Currently, Kathy is attending classes to be certified in Teaching Teen’s Yoga.

— CHRISTIAN WISDOM —

“Faith is not something that goes against the evidence, it goes beyond it. The evidence is saying to us, ‘There is another country. There is something beyond mere reason.’”

Alister McGrath