In St. Louis, mapping how religion is lived — in sanctuaries holy and profane

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (RNS) — Perched on his mat in the back corner of the room, Adam Park performed a series of yoga poses just like the others: Downward-facing dog, Warrior 1, Child’s pose.

Unlike the others, the adjunct professor at St. Louis University was there mostly to observe and ask questions. At a later date he may return with a camera and audio recorder.

The yoga routine practiced at Selah Yoga, a Christian yoga studio in a commercial center near Route 94, resembles many others. But with about five minutes remaining in the class, studio owner and instructor Risha Hoffman offered up a quote from the New Testament Book of Romans: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship.”