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2204, 2019

Yoga Malas, Mantras & Stones

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  What is a mala? A mala necklace is a string of 108 beads that are used in a meditation practice. It is a tool to help you count mantras and to act as a tactile guide. A mala has a guru bead or stone to start and end the round of mantra or meditation session and often has a tassel. The guru bead represents a space where we can [...]

702, 2019

{Inhale} I will lean  {Exhale}  into Your love.

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love is constant. Psalm 107:1 I love roller coasters and water parks and I’m usually up for anything...except when it comes to rides that drop straight down.  Maybe you’ve ridden the Tower of Terror at Disney’s California Adventure or the Tower of Doom at Elitches. I don’t ride these rides because I find no fun in having the floor drop [...]

1601, 2019

Are You Lonesome Tonight?

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 “And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 I have this problem. Until now, I have been completely unaware of it. Here is the thing...I get up early and read my bible. Every single morning. I pray. I journal. My day begins about an hour later. The day goes on. I talk to Jesus. A lot. I talk about Jesus. A lot. But, there is something I have discovered. I [...]

805, 2019

Celebrating Mothers On The Mat

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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, [...]

503, 2019

EMBODIED :: POSTURES OF PRAYER & PRAISE

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Postures of Prayer & Praise are “outer representations of an inner reality” In Luke 10, when the lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, he asked him how to inherit eternal life. Like a learned rabbi, Jesus turned the question back to the lawyer, who answered: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your [...]

1304, 2019

Happy Anniversary

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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 [...]

2904, 2019

HOW WE “TREAT” TRAUMA

Standard My husband might suggest to you that I’m addicted to the BBC series Call the Midwife, and, perhaps he’s correct. I recently viewed a powerful episode that dealt with the issue of trauma, and more specifically how we “treat” those who’ve been affected by trauma, particularly in our early response to trauma. In my mind, it conjured thoughts of sterile emergency rooms and even more sterile conversations with those required to [...]

1810, 2018

I need a mental break, before I break.

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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 [...]

1902, 2019

Is YOGA Evil?

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  Recently, there have been a lot of debates revolving around the idea that teaching children Yoga in school is somehow "of Satan."  Children seen with their hands in what is usually referred to as the "Prayer Position" are thought to be worshiping or praying to Satan.  That is disturbing to me in so many ways.  It makes me wonder how anyone, especially Christians, could see children with their hands [...]

1405, 2016

Jesus & Yoga

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But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 1 Peter 3:15-16 And so I begin the task of explaining how [...]

2906, 2018

Jesus and Yoga

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 1 Peter 3:15-16 And so I begin the task of explaining how and [...]

1103, 2019

Meditating with prayer beads for Lent

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Though the ages, prayer beads have been used as a universal tool for meditation and prayer in most every culture and faith tradition. Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, and the Baha’i Faith all use some form of prayer beads to recite chants, prayers, or devotions. Judaism uses knotted fringes on the corners of a prayer shawl as a reminder for prayer. The practice of pausing on each knot or bead during prayer helps us to [...]

1801, 2019

Meditation and Prayer

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  Prayer is a huge part of the Catholic church. There are a ton of prayer practices that are recognized by the Church such asking a saint to intercede, praying a rosary, saying a novena, etc. The entire liturgical celebration is in itself a prayer. But what exactly does it mean to pray? The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) says, “Whether prayer is expressed in words or gestures, it is the whole [...]

2801, 2019

Namaste & Dei

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As a follower of Christ, I have spent much time in study and prayer over my yoga practice.  I have sought the counsel of my pastor, my elders, my accountability group, and my husband. I have not glazed over the controversy that surrounds Christians practicing yoga.  I have put my love of yoga on the altar of God for him to take from me if it did not bring him [...]

3011, 2018

New Yoga, Meditation & Chiropractics Stats

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  “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 [...]

503, 2019

Of Altars and Egos

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Christian resources are plentiful.  You can find everything from cards to dice to digital apps.  Thankfully there are wonderful Christ-centered options that can safely center your practice and classes.~ CYA Not long ago, I was approached by popular yoga website and asked if I would like to have them review my Postures of Prayer yoga card deck.  Initially, I shrugged it off and figured that this yoga site had made [...]

1603, 2016

Postures of Prayer

Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 New Living Translation This is our commandment: to never stop praying. Pray without ceasing. There is no right or wrong way to pray; no position of a prayer is superior to another. The only thing that we as believers must do is to humble ourselves before the Lord, acknowledge His Lordship of our lives, and pray without ceasing. The following forms are simply observations [...]

1902, 2019

RECLAIMING YOGA AS A CHRISTIAN HEALING TOOL

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For real change to take place, the body needs to learn that the danger has passed and to live in the reality of the present. ~Bessel van der Kolk, MD (pioneer in the field of traumatology) in The Body Keeps the Score I have already written about my journey listening to the voice of God as I’ve explored yoga as a creative Christian practice. I also want to share another reason [...]

1511, 2018

Restoring the Broken to Beautiful

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  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 [...]

3008, 2018

Spiritual Abuse: Bill Hybels

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March 2019 Update from New Elders of Willow Creek Church; We are an entirely new Elder Board of nine members, formally installed in January 2019. We are committed to working together to learn from the past as we look toward our future together as a church, incorporating the recommendations of the IAG’s report. The IAG has now completed its work, and we thank them for their time and commitment. As [...]

2904, 2019

Stealing Yoga

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Dear India, I would like to thank you for gifting the world with the beautiful practice of yoga. I would like to apologize for all of the ways that Christians (including myself), have intentionally or unintentionally, disregarded your religious and spiritual traditions and overlooked their contributions to the world for thousands of years. I would like to acknowledge our indebtedness to you India, for your rich philosophical traditions and practices. [...]

1501, 2019

Strength To Serve

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  Does the idea of “self care” make you feel guilty? I don’t mean “self care” as in pampering yourself, buying new shoes, getting your nails done, etc. as it is often attributed to. I mean taking care of yourself and making sure your needs for sleep, rest, nourishment, and movement are met. Sometimes I still struggle with feeling guilty when I take time to rest, prioritize sleep, say “no” [...]

211, 2018

The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga. -Yogi Bhajan

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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 [...]

1902, 2019

The Comparison Trap…A Distraction from Your Dharma

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  Psalm 139:14  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com “If you’re your authentic self, you have no competition.”  — author unknown Last year I was in a particularly challenging yoga class after taking several months off from any physical activity.  I was especially happy that I completed the entire 75 minute class without croaking.  As I [...]

1902, 2019

The Four Agreements

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I first saw the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz collecting dust on a shelf at my first job at the Yoga Garden. I vaguely knew what the actual four agreements were. What I did know was that this was one of the yoga books. I would not exactly say that there is a yogic literary canon, but most people accept this book as one of the common texts for [...]

2010, 2018

The Most Underrated Spiritual Discipline

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We all know that we’re supposed to pray. We all have our own prayer “tactics,” such as prayer lists, prayer apps, prayer walks, prayer meetings, praying out loud, writing down our prayers, writing down the prayers we say out loud, and saying out loud prayers which have been written down. In spite of all these tactics, I believe prayer is THE MOST underrated spiritual discipline. The simple fact is, I [...]

609, 2019

The Sermon On The Mat

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_hKyiAephE&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0E6TgfGj-f-c4GsmMuOcoxm9MbOp_LvtLkRaB22uTLncV2L61q87a6BF8 The Sermon on the mount summed up the way to live a life dedicated and pleasing to God; full of love, grace and wisdom.  Learn how you can not only live this, but share this way of life on and off the mat.   Join Founding Master Trainer Michelle Theilen, R-CYAMT, as she takes us into this beautiful message.  You can participate through the VIDEO  or PODCAST

2806, 2019

To Om or Not to Om

Due to the extensive 13 page article, please retrieve your free PDF at YogaFaith's Store. Enjoy!   TO OM OR NOT TO OM by Michelle Thielen, Founder of YogaFaith In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1, KJV From the beginning, and when I say, “beginning,” I am referencing the very beginning. The first scriptures found in the Bible describe [...]

2610, 2018

Ultimate Beginners Guide To Yoga

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    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 [...]

1503, 2016

What Is Christian Yoga?

What is Christian Yoga? “Christian Yoga” is a term, perhaps first coined by the french monk Fr. Jean Marie Déchanet, who explored physical exercise and various forms as a way to connect with God. His book Christian Yoga was written in the late 1940’s and is out of print today, but you can still find copies in circulation. Déchanet’s practice and writings in Christian Yoga were born from [...]

110, 2018

When #MeToo Happens in Ministry

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We are all aware that sexual abuse, assault and harassment happens within the secular field of yoga. But what happens when that also happens within the context of Christian yoga community? We expect it not to happen here. But it does. Just as the church is not immune, neither are we. Yoga Alliance has recently adopted a policy for Sexual Misconduct (Yoga Alliance Sexual Misconduct Link) to address the issues [...]

312, 2018

When You Need To Be Still

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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 [...]

1501, 2019

Where is Your Focus? The Transformation of My Yoga Practice….

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A few months ago, I was in yoga class practicing a balancing pose.  Normally I find a focal point on the wall to help maintain my balance.  For some reason, I became fixated on a crazy design on someone’s shirt.  That person fell, and, of course, I lost my balance as well.  I felt the Lord say gently to me, “If your drishti is on man, you will fall.” Drishti [...]

1504, 2019

Yoga Teachers And Invitational Language

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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 [...]

2101, 2019

Yoga, Epiphany, & the Ajna Chakra

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  What do the practice of yoga, ajna chakra, and the season of Epiphany have in common? The mystery of revelation. During the season of Epiphany, Christians celebrate the revelation of Jesus as Messiah to the world. The God of the Bible is a God who reveals himself through his people, through his Word, and throughout Creation!  I love this season because it emphasizes the big-ness of God, and reminds [...]

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