Faith-based, CHRIST-focused yoga?
Yes, it's a thing.
It's a beautiful practice.
Learn more TOMORROW, Saturday, December 15th from 2 to 4pm at the Faith-based yoga 101:Vinyasa Style workshop at Ozark Mountain Yoga!
We will talk about what it is, what it isn't, & the Yahweh Yoga style in particular (an actual style/school accredited by the Yoga Alliance since 2005)...and then we will flow, yo!
I can't wait to meet with you on our mats, and draw closer to HIM, if you want to...
Some days, from the moment I wake up I begin fighting a battle in my head and heart waging against my own self-worth.
And many a day I lose this battle and decide I am somehow unfit or too flawed to be used by God and/or to leave a legacy for His glory. Yet, this is a lie! And one I’ve fallen for too many times throughout my life.
In these cases I hand over my glorious inheritance in Christ for an invisible stamp that states my lack of value next to an earthly scale in which I don’t “measure up.”
In fact, whenever I’ve pulled out the old tarnished scale from my former life, never once have I found true, lasting satisfaction. And its because this isn’t where our value is meant to dwell; me as my own worst critic.
Yet God has deemed me His masterpiece, and only by his grace do I find truth that satisfies my deepest longing to be loved and valued. There is no fulfillment in vying to meet my own perfectionist standards nor the worlds, only emptiness despite how well I ‘perform.’ But the truth is, God says our value is not equal to nor dependent upon our success! It is found in Him!
When I wake up and focus on God’s promises written in His word, making Him my drishti (in yoga and in life), then even my own opinion can’t sway the unwavering truth of my worth in Him. The best defense in this war is to spend time with Him; in His Word, in His love, and in His presence.
Oh Lord, may I learn to trust your voice above all others, including my own.
“God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
His merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.”
Shoutout to my buddy, Tim, over at 360GoAnywhere for this fun post which makes me say I SURE WISH I COULD GET MY KITTEHS TO SUP WITH ME!!! (but I love them too much, and I appreciate not having shredded skin, to subject them to what I know would be abject terror for them)
How amazing is this cat and her guardian?!?! #catSUP#catyoga#catsalldaylong#laughoften
Ps...360GoAnywhere is one of the board companies for which I am an ambassador, and I cannot praise them enough for being good people, with integrity, and a great product...how you treat people is as important as your product, and they get gold stars from me for it all!
“Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out it’s implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.”
Growing up I was a competitive athlete,
and though it was fun for a time,
it left me utterly exhausted.
I was performance driven and my self-worth hinged on it. I think this was what made yoga such a respite for me when I first discovered it for myself in college.
It was like balm to my soul when after several classes the message about “listening to your body and not comparing yourself to other students” finally sunk in.
Once I realized that this was largely the point of yoga, I was hooked.
I will not compare.
I will not compare.
I will not compare.
And yet I still do.
The mind boggling thing about this all too common human downfall is that as people, we don’t equal some kind of math equation. If my sister or brother is beautiful, amazing, and smart, that doesn’t make me less so.
We don’t all add up to 100, making one of us less than another who is great.
We are all completely unique, an “original” like none other, a masterpiece created by our Heavenly Papa. Yet, we fall into this trap because we are human and it’s our nature. I’m sure social media has perpetuated the mindset even more, but it’s an age old lie (and a favorite of Satan’s)!
Our worth does not lie in pictures or poses or likes or followers or how many students show up for our class (though these things are wonderful!), but in whom we belong to. We have a heavenly inheritance and an earthly calling uniquely our own.
I want to see another’s value as a reflection of Jesus without letting it cast a single doubt on my own.
YOU, sisters and brothers, could not be more beautiful, wonderful, talented, special, and LOVED by God.
If we worry about what we SHOULD be,
the world misses out on who we were MEANT to be.
📸by my❤️ @softrocksaunders
Galatians 5:25-26 MSG
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Take-it-back-Tuesday, taking it back to warm sunshine n blue skies!
Yoga schedule this week...whee!!! Technical issues with my post yesterday, so it was delayed...
Last night (Monday): 6pm Faith Flow (Christ-focused Vinyasa) at Community Presbyterian Church of Forsyth, MO
6pm Strength & Yoga (Christ-focused, more than chair yoga but non-flow class) at Community Presby as above
7:15 pm Guided Christian Meditation (for those who stay for it)
9am All-levels Vinyasa at Ozark Mountain Yoga
9am Faith Flow at Community Presbyterian Church, as above ---and then I will be out of town for a little bit, so my next class/opportunity for private lessons will be Tuesday, December 11th!
Don't forget the Faith-based Yoga 101: Vinyasa style workshop on December 15th at Ozark Mountain Yoga!
To God be the glory in all that we do.
I need this reminder today...how about you? & I might even add...that I am gonna sneak away for a minute to find my peace first, too.
Jesus stepped away from the crowds for prayer and meditation...if He knew HE needed the quiet time, who are we to choose differently? (& survive or thrive)
📸When I strike a yoga pose in a beautiful place, I’m creating this illusion that suggests the narrative,
“this is my yoga practice, are you inspired?”
But these pictures aren’t the whole truth.
Most of the time my practice involves half-heartedly getting on my mat, cracking my back in down dog, opening my hips in fire hydrant, and coming into child’s pose for 5 to 10 minutes depending on the length of my attention span.
And maybe sharing the truth of these parts of my practice can make us all feel less alone with the human struggle we have in developing the discipline of yoga & fighting the natural resistance to monotony (🙋♀️).
The reality of my yoga practice much of the time isn’t all that exciting, yet part of me still wants to cultivate a relationship with yoga that IS. And if it’s exciting than I’ll WANT to practice & others will as well, right?
Yet because of this mindset, I haven’t focused much on sharing the less dazzling parts of my practice, aka the daily struggle.
And I’ve been musing lately that maybe these parts are just as important as the edited mountain top photos and I’ve simply been missing out on sharing with others the many gifts God bestows in the mundane. Though I often feel inspired by the epic back drop of Creation and our harmony within it when present as the Creator intended, somehow, despite how inspiring I’ve wanted these photos to appear, I know that the raw and less picturesque moments of life are just as worthy and inspiring, if not more so.
Our realization of our own brokenness is what God finds most beautiful,
and He wants to use these broken pieces more than our trophies.
This idea in itself is inspiring me to share the other aspects of my yoga journey somehow: the few moments that are my highs and lows, yes, but also the most common of all, which fall somewhere in the middle, where God can grow us the most.
Our life’s ministry may appear eye catching at times, but the work of washing feet and serving the least of these has the true understated dignity that stands the test of time.
“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” Isaiah 53:2
And if you would like some post-turkey-day bliss, and less "black" in your black friday...
Join me Friday morning at Ozark Mountain Yoga for some all levels vinyasa at 9am! Then go shopping all over or at home with vim and verve!
From my gang to yours...Happy Thanksgiving!
Whether you are having traditional turkey day foods or popcorn n toast, or ramen noodles...
I pray you are thankful.
And I am thankful for YOU!!
Feel free to leave prayer requests in the comments below or pm me... May God bless you mightily. May you believe His Truth today! May He command the blessings He has promised upon your storehouses.
The pressure to think of something clever & insightful to say on social media- (as someone whose business offers a service that helps others)
- is sometimes the very thing that causes me to want to run away and hide.
Let's just be real.
Some days techno-world is just...uuugh.
So I think today I'm just gonna share some cool pics of a happy time when a group of yoga students decided they were worth taking the time to go deeper.
Deeper in their yoga practice.
Deeper in their knowledge of what "yoga" even means to them.
Deeper into living a balanced lifestyle that incorporates things like rest, aromatherapy, holistic health practices, nutrition, study, meditation...in FUN ways. And as needed. Not legalistically.
Deeper into understanding today's yoga industry.
Deeper into their intimacy with God. Finding out and experiencing His neverending, non-judgemental love! & only if they want to, maybe helping others from this experience. But that isn't mandatory.
If any of this sounds appealing to you, let's chat. The 2nd ever Missouri tribe of Yahweh Yoga/Vessels of Clay Yoga teacher training candidates is forming now. And I would so love to share this good stuff with you.
You don't have to become a teacher, but you can.
You don't have to be an expert or an advanced asana person to take this training, either.
You just need a desire to learn, and love.
Sometimes we find ourselves constantly trying to reach for things that are not meant to be touched. We feel a great disappointment when we cannot attain it. Sometimes... God pulls us away from things. Though it may not make sense to us, HE sees the BIGGER picture. We can either fight this decision and constantly feel the weight of the turmoil, or we could accept it, let go, and completely trust Him.
Shoutout to Beth Moore for this post, because YES.
I have been studying about God's rest. It doesn't mean inactivity necessarily, but activity directed by the Holy Spirit. And taking Sabbath. And Resting in Christ's finished work on the Cross, even in the midst of adversity...because ultimately you who are in Christ are victorious!
So...quit trying to be superwoman or superman. Allow yourself healthy boundaries. And if the work you are feeling you should do is really meant for you, it will be there even after a rest- & you will be better equipped to do it!
But let God take care of it while you rest. He works when we rest. You can trust Him with it, can't you?
“I need to emphasize, friends, that our natural, earthy lives don’t in themselves lead us by their very nature into the kingdom of God. Their very “nature” is to die, so how could they “naturally” end up in the Life kingdom?
But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal.
Then the saying will come true:
Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?
It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!”
1 Corinthians 15 (MSG)
Disclaimer: it no longer looks like fall here anymore.😳Winter has come early!❄️
I was super busy just doin' life yesterday, so I missed my chance to share a Hump Day Happy (funny)... So here you go.
It's a thing.
For real, though...
(& thank you @lakegirl90 for this gem!)