Ask Erin: Can Yoga & Religion Coexist?

Ask Erin: Can Yoga & Religion Coexist?

Hmm, isn’t religion one of those things you’re never supposed to bring up at a dinner table conversation? Maybe, but you guys know I’m not one to follow rules anyway 😉 I was asked this question a few times and then got a message from someone sharing her journey to yoga from a religious standpoint. She always believed you had to adhere to a certain belief system to be a yogi, and was happy to learn that this isn’t the case. So after I saw her message, I figured I might as well answer this question that’s been floating around: “Erin, are you religious?” Something a lot of people don’t know about me is that I actually went to Catholic School for 9 years and it was exactly as you’d envision: nuns, plaid jumpers, Wednesday mass, and no make-up, nail polish, or PDA allowed. Actually, one time I got a detention because my mom sent me to school in pants with pockets (!!!) on a chilly day instead of my traditional skirt, haha! Of course it sounds totally insane now, but it’s funny because I never really thought about it being that weird until I grew up! I can’t say that I still practice Catholicism, but I do still consider myself to be very Spiritual. Even though “spirituality” has gotten kind of a hokey wrap over the years, the way I interpret spirituality is that I believe in God, I believe in miracles, I don’t believe in accidents, and I believe there’s a force bigger than my own desires that has my back, so to speak. It’s pretty simple. I...