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Please help me to figure out which position to take with regard to yoga as a physical practice. I did yoga for a long time, and I even trained a group. I regarded the clean-up of the body by physical exercise similar to the daily household chores that we all do. When I came to the church, I did extensive research on the Church opinion about yoga as a system of physical exercises and finally realised that it is alien to the Orthodox spirit. Four years have passed since I stopped teaching yoga but those whom I taught sometimes meet me and ask if I’m thinking of gathering a group again. They want to do some kind of exercise to improve their health and boost their energy. I’m in doubt: is it a temptation? Should I try to coach them, if what I teach is going to be closer to the Orthodox spirit?
Good afternoon, Father Andrey. I would like to know if the Orthodox Church approves of Gestalt therapy because I plan to specialise in this method. I’ve read many articles, and now I’m of two minds about it. Thank you for your answer.
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Each of our monastery’s workshops has prepared its own wonderful gift this Christmas Season. Our artists have been painting on glass and ceramics, embroidering serviettes, carving small wooden Nativity scenes, making toys and painting Christmas…