Previously named “The Catholic Yogi,” this website has entered a time of transition.
Amy Secrist founded this website in 2013 in hopes that other seekers wouldn’t feel alone.
The advent of The Catholic Yogi grew out of the encouragement of a dear friend who insisted she start writing about her journey as a Catholic and a Yogi of sorts. It is unique place to be because she sought to honor the traditions of yoga and follow Christ. She never changes the Sanskrit names or the shapes of the postures when praying or practicing, and she didn’t call necessarily Christ Isvara when on her mat or in the company of fellow yogis. It seems God blessed her with a contentment of sorts, as not being “afraid” of the yoga knowing God is big, and as not being timid about Christ knowing God is big. This Catholic/yoga dynamic was a serious journey for her for years. So, she embarked on the journey of engaging it in a huge way, through The Catholic Yogi.
The website recently underwent a change when Allyson Huval humbly adopted the community Amy built. Allyson founded Bethel Yogi after going through similar tensions of being Catholic and a yoga practitioner. As student of religious studies, her voice in writing blog posts and in teaching yoga classes became more interfaith than strictly Catholic. But that doesn’t mean her Catholic identity completely faded away.
Now The Catholic Yogis is a hub for community in line with Amy’s intention of creating a space where “other seekers wouldn’t feel alone.”