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Celebrating Mothers On The Mat

2019-05-08T15:11:52+00:00

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 [...]

Celebrating Mothers On The Mat2019-05-08T15:11:52+00:00

Stealing Yoga

2019-04-29T15:28:35+00:00

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. Thank you India, for sharing your gifts with the world. My heart is broken over division within the yoga community. As a Christian practicing yoga, I have seen this division up [...]

Stealing Yoga2019-04-29T15:28:35+00:00

Yoga Teachers And Invitational Language

2019-04-15T12:05:39+00:00

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 [...]

Yoga Teachers And Invitational Language2019-04-15T12:05:39+00:00

Of Altars and Egos

2019-03-25T17:13:19+00:00

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 a mistake and didn’t realize that my yoga deck was centered around the Christian faith.  When I received the second email asking if I would consider submitting my yoga deck for [...]

Of Altars and Egos2019-03-25T17:13:19+00:00

EMBODIED :: POSTURES OF PRAYER & PRAISE

2019-03-05T16:12:34+00:00

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 mind. And love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus confirmed his answer as true, with a command and a promise: “Do this and you will live.” When I teach on embodied prayer [...]

EMBODIED :: POSTURES OF PRAYER & PRAISE2019-03-05T16:12:34+00:00

RECLAIMING YOGA AS A CHRISTIAN HEALING TOOL

2019-04-04T11:59:31+00:00

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 behind my exploration of yoga as I’ve sought the Lord’s will and wisdom in this somewhat tricky and controversial issue as a follower of Jesus Christ. I am deeply passionate about [...]

RECLAIMING YOGA AS A CHRISTIAN HEALING TOOL2019-04-04T11:59:31+00:00

The Four Agreements

2019-03-18T11:50:09+00:00

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 yoga training. When I finally decided to pick this book up off of my own shelf, it collected dust for about a year. I was amazed at how fast I flew [...]

The Four Agreements2019-03-18T11:50:09+00:00

The Comparison Trap…A Distraction from Your Dharma

2019-04-04T14:52:44+00:00

  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 rolled up my mat, feeling very content, I heard the teacher and a student discussing what a “beautiful practice” a particular student had.  Enter my ego.  My satisfaction with my practice [...]

The Comparison Trap…A Distraction from Your Dharma2019-04-04T14:52:44+00:00

Is YOGA Evil?

2019-02-25T16:45:07+00:00

  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 in a prayerful position and think such a thing could be of Satan. Speaking as a Christian that has been practicing and teaching Yoga for more than 40 years, I am deeply [...]

Is YOGA Evil?2019-02-25T16:45:07+00:00

Namaste & Dei

2019-02-06T20:05:38+00:00

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 Glory. Instead, what I have found is that God has given me innumerable opportunities to talk about the Love of God, which is Christ, from my yoga mat.  He has shown [...]

Namaste & Dei2019-02-06T20:05:38+00:00