Every Monday at 6:30 p.m. — A gentle practice open to all

UPDATE: Starting June 3, the doors to the cathedral will be locked at 6:30 p.m., when the class begins.

In the sacred space of Saint Mark’s Cathedral, this spiritual practice is designed to improve health, release tension, and deepen spirituality. It is a gentle, restorative, and contemplative practice, and the instructors guide the group in ways that welcome newcomer and experienced practitioners alike. Pay what you can.

Mats are available to borrow (first come, first served).

The doors into the cathedral are opened at 6 p.m. and then locked at 6:45 p.m.

On the first Monday of each month an Organ Meditation (30 minutes of improvisations on the Flentrop Organ) precedes the class, 6–6:30 p.m.

On the third Monday of each month the class ends with an extended savasana with Sound Bath, 7:30–8 p.m. As the doors are locked at 6:45, it is no longer possible to attend the sound bath without attending the class. Participants are encouraged to stay for the full 90-minute experience if possible.

On the fourth Monday of each month, class is followed by social time with tea and chat.

Please note: Cathedral Yoga will be suspended on Monday, December 25, and Monday, January 1. It will meet again as usual on January 8!


About the Cathedral Yoga Ministry

The Cathedral Yoga ministry was launched in the fall of 2013, offering a one-hour practice in the sacred space of the cathedral nave each Sunday evening.  Over the course of the next 6 years the ministry created a devoted community. For some, it was yoga that brought them through the doors of Saint Mark's for the first time. It is spiritual practice, but its spirituality emerges through an intense, focused bodily awareness. The classes are gentle, restorative, and contemplative. Participants are asked to pay what they are able.

In March of 2020 the offering was suspended, and it remained dormant for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021. After attempts to offer Cathedral Yoga virtually, the ministry began again as a weekly in-person offering on July 26, 2021, on a new day and time: Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

When the founding instructor of the yoga ministry, Wendy Townsend, was asked, "If someone was on the fence about attending Cathedral Yoga for the first time, what would you say to them?" She replied

Individuals have told me over the years how much they enjoy yoga in the cathedral nave. No other yoga setting can compete!

The idea of attending a yoga class can be intimidating to someone who has never done it before, but it's worth the adventure. Cathedral Yoga is always taught in a way that will be rewarding for people of all levels, including absolute beginners. Some have found that practicing in the huge space of the cathedral nave actually makes them less self-conscious than they feel in the smaller space of a typical yoga studio!

 


About the Instructor

Previously, yoga was taught by a rotating series of instructors. Starting on March 20, 2023, all classes will be taught by the same instructor.

LUNA MILLER 

If you ask Luna how she got into yoga, she will say without hesitation that yoga found her and that yoga saved her life.

She discovered yoga during a challenging time in her life when she was struggling to find balance, and a sense of self worth.  From the second she first stepped onto a mat, she knew that this was the beginning of a lifelong journey of self-discovery and self-love.

She has been teaching and studying many forms of yoga, meditation and breathwork for over 7 years. She studied in San Diego as well as in an intensive in India. She is drawn to the healing power of yoga and how the practice  is a connection between mind, body, Spirit and breath.

Her mission is to give back to the community that has given her so much.  She aims to inspire others on their personal journeys as they discover their true nature, their voice and tap into their own uniqueness through the transformative power of this ancient practice.

Luna teaches a blend of Vinyasa Flow, which combines breath to movement with a version of Yin Yoga where postures are held for longer periods of time to allow the body and mind to let go, relieve stress and go inward.

Organ Meditation

Organist John Stuntebeck will offer 30 minutes of drone-based improvisations on the Mighty Flentrop from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, with Cathedral Yoga following immediately at 6:30. Doors open just before 6. You are welcome to attend the organ prelude without staying for the yoga class. Learn more and hear a very brief excerpt here.

Sound Bath/Aural Meditation

On the third Monday of each month, Cathedral Yoga concludes with an extended Sound Bath savasana, lasting approximately 30 minutes and concluding at 8 p.m. (Note that due to the doors being locked at 6:30, it is no longer possible to attend the Sound Bath without attending the yoga class.) You may leave, quietly, at 7:30 if you have to, but participants are strongly encouraged to stay for the entire 90-minute experience.