This is the weekend we celebrate Motherhood, a special role given by the grace of God. Motherhood taps into all that we exercise in yoga - the mind, the body and the soul. The more we yoke those elements to Christ in our daily lives, the richer the relationship between a mother and child. Come to your practice with the intentions to nourish your mind, body and soul so that, as mother and/or child, you can love each through the power of God’s love. Opening Meditation Prayer: Lord, on this special day set aside to honor Mothers, thank you for the [...]
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I had an experience in a yin yoga class recently that has me reflecting on the power I have as the teacher in a yoga class or the practitioner in a yoga therapy session. In this class, the well intended teacher, set us up for a wonderful hip opening session. She encouraged us to find our breath, even counting the inhalation and exhalation, and then she told us to settle in and find stillness. Notice I said told, not asked. This was a command. Be still. Her follow up language was something along the lines of “ I know you will [...]
Hey, it's our one year Anniversary! Thanks be to Jesus Christ for the vision and plan to launch an all-inclusive international community of students, yogis and therapists who love Jesus and yoga. Our community continues to grow daily with members, resources and provision. To celebrate, we have a special gift just for you as a token of our gratitude for linking arms for another year. Because April is CYA's one year anniversary, if you register or renew membership before April 30th, you receive a free month with The Abbey. It's an online community of people who believe in the power of [...]
As I sit here staring at this blank computer screen, I haphazardly look over to my left. Our Christmas tree is standing there. Still. Warm. Inviting. It's hard to look away. My eyes just want to engage in the beauty of this tree. No ornaments are even hung yet. But, it doesn't matter. She is glowing with colorful lights. Inviting anyone to come and sit next to her warmth. [yes, I do believe our tree is a "she".] There is nothing really special about this tree. Average height, average breadth. Yet, it is hard to look away. She's just quite a breathtaking [...]
“Yoga and Meditation on the rise among US adults and kids.” Dear Christian Yogis, According to the new report published by the National Center for Complementary Health, NIH, more than 42% of Americans use “complementary health approaches” such as yoga and meditation to manage symptoms like chronic pain and to cultivate a general sense of wellbeing. To meet these students where they are let’s brush up on our asana sequences for a healthy lower back (strong core muscles and flexible hamstrings) and our class themes that help our students leave class feeling a greater sense of wellbeing. Like Jona [...]
Several years ago I embarked on a year-long project called Create-a-Day. Like a One-a-Day Vitamin, it was designed as a daily dose of creativity, in order to inspire others and to direct viewers to people and projects where creativity was making a difference in the lives of others. With the publication of my second book in the Bible Studies to Nurture the Creative Spirit Withinseries, I will again be undertaking a year-long project starting September 4th to coincide with the release of my new title, The Creator’s Healing Power—Restoring the Broken to Beautiful. This project will be called… “Kintsugi of the Soul” [...]
And so we will enter into this holiday season with gratitude, practicing our yoga both on, and off, the mat. Breath, life, love, art, beauty, friends, family, community, Creation, health, nourishment (for body and soul) and Jesus, these are just some of things for which I am grateful. Will you count your blessings with me? This season, I pray that you will take time to get still, slowing down long enough to take in each of the blessings poured out and pointing you back to the love of your Creator. Namaste and many blessings. Kelly R-CYAMT and Contributing Writer ***You can register for classes and devotions [...]
If you’ve been thinking about starting up yoga, I can understand why. Yoga benefits your body and mind, and is an unstoppable force of good in the battle against daily stressors. Without getting too obsessively detailed to the point where you’re falling asleep sitting up, I’ll jump into a brief yoga history. Developing in Northern India thousands of years ago, in literal terms, yoga means “union”. Believe it or not, experts widely believe that yoga has been practiced since the dawn of civilization. Yoga has roots that run back as far as 2700 B.C., but started to really develop [...]
Pause Breathe deeply.. He is taking us all somewhere - those of us who struggle with a mess in the mind.. So many names - depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenic, ptsd, disorders of all sorts. We can feel alone, like no one understands. We all face these battles uniquely, it hits us all in different ways. That is why it can be so hard to find those who fully relate. I mean, how can someone fully understand when we ourselves do not sometimes recognize what is going on in our own minds? But there is one, and He is the One. He [...]