A Diverse Yoga Community at San Fran’s Grace Cathedral is Fostering Inclusivity and Healing


Before stay-at-home orders swept the globe, on any given Tuesday in downtown San Francisco, hundreds of mat-toting yogis streamed up Nob Hill in droves just after 6 p.m. to converge at the historic Grace Cathedral, a midcentury Episcopalian church the size of a football field where, in 1965, nearly 5,000 people attended Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermon, filling the church and spilling into the streets. Inside the French Gothic colossus, golden light from the setting sun flooded through stained glass windows; a small team of volunteers ushered practitioners as musicians warmed up sitars, harmoniums, or harps. Yoga mats were rolled out between pews and in walkways and corridors; those who arrived early secured coveted spots around the Cathedral’s indoor labyrinth—arranged around its centrifugal spiral like a kaleidoscope. Forty-four church bells rang and reverberated from the…

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