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Namaste & Imago Dei

2019-05-20T17:29:07+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 & Imago Dei2019-05-20T17:29:07+00:00

Jesus & Yoga

2019-05-14T12:38:20+00:00

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 why I have reconciled my practice of yoga with my Christian faith… My hope is to answer honestly and intelligently for all interested to know how a Christian can keep [...]

Jesus & Yoga2019-05-14T12:38:20+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

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 Malas, Mantras & Stones

2019-04-23T12:41:42+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 & Stones2019-04-23T12:41:42+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

Meditating with prayer beads for Lent

2019-03-11T13:20:56+00:00

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 center our hearts on God and to guard our minds against distraction. Using beads during prayer in the Christian faith is believed to originate with the Desert Mothers and Fathers around [...]

Meditating with prayer beads for Lent2019-03-11T13:20:56+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