Mary’s Squad fosters Christ-centered discipleship through exercise in an effort to nourish women’s MIND, BODY and SOUL.
Mary’s Squad strives to foster each women’s physical, spiritual and psycho-emotional health through exercise. Mary’s squad is formed through physical activity based fellowship, discipleship and spiritual formation.
To receive support while growing into their best self. By paying attention to the voice of God one can become their best self through Christ. (Isaiah 28:23 ‘Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.) One of the ways we can come to know the voice of God is to surround ourselves with people who know the Lord’s voice and fruit in their lives. (‘Walk with the wise and become wise. Proverbs 13:20.) Mary’s Squad can provide you as women, support in becoming your best physical, spiritual and psycho-emotional self. Mary’s Squad is a ministry founded in love, hope and charity striving to nourish each women’s mind body and soul.
Come enjoy a journey to your spiritual and physical BEST SELF by EXERCISING hand in hand with your sisters in Christ. Mary’s Squad gals come in all shapes, sizes and forms of spiritual and physical ‘fitness’. All are welcome!!! By following the example the Blessed Virgin Mother gave us by LIVING in faith, hope and charity.
Any woman 14 years and older that wants to grow spiritually and physically to become her BEST self. To be her best self, this wonderfully made WOMEN can refuel herself so that she may perform fully to what GOD called her to do; to be a daughter, a wife, mother, worker, neighbor, friend and source of God’s love to all! A Mary’s Squad gal carries CHRIST to others just as our Blessed Mother did.
Stretch and strengthening mat workout while we pray the rosary. Concludes with 10 minutes of meditative silent prayer followed by group prayer intentions.
Cardio and high energy, faster paced workout and fellowship. Concludes with stretching while praying through the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
ANEW is an intentional component of Mary’s Squad, a personalized Christ-Centered approach to wellness. ANEW motivates women with exercise, lifestyle education, and spiritual fellowship finding strength in Christ to improve their everyday health.
It’s a hot topic among Catholics today—can a practicing Catholic, in good conscience, practice yoga? Whenever the question arises, people tend to dig in their heels with their firmly rooted convictions. Depending on whom you ask, the answers can vary from “it’s harmless” to “it’s absolutely forbidden!”
Fr. Richard Simon recently addressed this controversial question on Father Simon SaysTM. If you’re confused by the mixed messages, like Luz was when she asked this question, see what Fr. Simon had to say.
“I will give you my point of view—I think the stretching is fine. However, there are people who say even the yoga positions are named for Hindu gods and you’re invoking them,” he explained.
In true Fr. Simon fashion, he broke down the meaning of the word behind the popular fitness trend. “The word yoga is related to the English word yoke or the Spanish word yugo. You know, you’ve got a yoke on an ox, and that’s important because you’re yoking yourself to some god.”
There’s nothing wrong with stretching and strengthening one’s body—in fact, physical fitness is great—but you might want to be leery of yoga classes. Many include meditation, prayer, and spiritual philosophies that are not compatible with Catholicism.
“If you can kind of do stretches that are yoga-esque, that’s fine, but you’ve got to be very careful when you go to a yoga class because there are some people who are really into the yoga thing,” warns Fr. Simon.
“If there is a definitive declaration that yoga is forbidden to Catholics, I would love to hear it, but I have never heard that,” he continued. “But on the other hand, it makes me nervous.”
Since the Church doesn’t have a decisive teaching on it, it’s up to you to use your best judgment. But as you do so, consider that many clergy warn against it. Bottom line from Fr. Simon: it’s not worth the risk.
He counseled Luz: “Stretching is great but when you go into some yoga class, you never know what you’re getting into. I would come down on the side of, I’ve got enough trouble; I don’t want to risk that.”
If you’re looking for a replacement for yoga in your fitness routine, there are several Catholic alternatives to try that replace Hindu poses and meditation with Christian prayer and exercise.
Listen to the full segment located on this the bottom of the following page link