Monette Chilson author of Sophia Rising: Awakening Your Sacred Wisdom Through Yoga
Today, most of the 20 million yoga practitioners in the Western world don't share yoga's Eastern cultural or religious grounding, yet they feel--or seek--a spiritual connection from their practice. Examining yoga's philosophical underpinnings, "Sophia Rising" reveals how people from any faith can use yoga to create a sacred space inside themselves. Author and yogini Monette Chilson demystifies yoga and explains Sophia-- Greek for Wisdom-- the iconic face of the feminine divine found in Western religious traditions. Through information and example, she invites readers to listen for the inner voice of Sophia and meld their own spiritual beliefs with their yoga. Her talk will focus on using the practice of yoga as a spiritual tool for recovering the lost feminine divine.
Monette Chilson has practiced yoga on and off the mat for more than twenty years and is passionate about the melding of faith and yoga. Her book, Sophia Rising: Awakening Your Sacred Wisdom Through Yoga (Bright Sky Press, 2013), was awarded the 2013 Illumination Book Award gold medal for the spirituality genre. She’s written for Yoga Journal, Integral Yoga Magazine, elephant journal, Om Times and Christian Yoga Magazine. She lectures and leads workshops at yoga conferences, spiritual gatherings and other venues. Monette holds a master's degree in communication from the University of Houston and lives in Houston with her husband and two children. Connect on Twitter and Instagram (@MonetteChilson) or explore her work at www.SophiaRisingYoga.com <http://www.SophiaRisingYoga.com