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Self Care In A Selfish World

2021-05-18T14:32:01+00:00

Treat yourself. Eat whatever you want. Watch as much Netflix as you want. Do whatever you want. This is how self-care is portrayed in the media. It is self-focused and giving yourself whatever you want because you deserve it. Self-care today feeds us what we want and not what we need. True self-care is not an excuse to treat ourselves to whatever we want. This is a good thing because when we chase after what we want, we often miss out on what we need. The example of Jesus paints a different picture of self-care. When we practice the self-care found in Jesus’ example, we can find the [...]

Self Care In A Selfish World2021-05-18T14:32:01+00:00

Even Jesus Did Spring Cleaning

2021-03-17T16:04:41+00:00

“On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, ‘Is it not written: “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’’”—Mark 11:15–17 (NIV) The word zeal isn’t one you hear very often. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to hear it come up in everyday conversation. The [...]

Even Jesus Did Spring Cleaning2021-03-17T16:04:41+00:00

The Sermon On The Mat

2019-09-06T13:54:50+00:00

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

The Sermon On The Mat2019-09-06T13:54:50+00:00

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

Yoga Malas, Mantras & Stones

2019-06-28T20:56:04+00:00

  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 draw in our mantra and sit in stillness. Guru means remover of darkness. 2 Corinthians 4:6 says, “For God, who said, ”Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine [...]

Yoga Malas, Mantras & Stones2019-06-28T20:56:04+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

Happy Anniversary

2019-04-13T20:12:28+00:00

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 [...]

Happy Anniversary2019-04-13T20:12:28+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

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

2019-01-16T00:31:41+00:00

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 is a yoga term which means focus or concentration.  It not only refers to focus while you are holding a posture (or asana) in yoga, but also refers to focus when [...]

Where is Your Focus? The Transformation of My Yoga Practice….2019-01-16T00:31:41+00:00

When You Need To Be Still

2018-12-03T12:59:34+00:00

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 [...]

When You Need To Be Still2018-12-03T12:59:34+00:00
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