In the ninth grade, I remember the first time I moved into a yoga pose. Pretending to be meditating, I closed my eyes, crossed my legs and brought my thumbs and middle fingers to touch. I was in the school cafeteria. I had no concept of yoga except this—and I was quickly reprimanded by my concerned christian friend—that Christians can't meditate. It is against God to do such a thing … And for many years, when I heard the words mediate and/or yoga, that was the experience that came to mind.
I love the benefits of living an active lifestyle. I am not a competitive person, but I find an incredible amount of joy in finding my edge. Most of the time. But, it's not always easy to stay motivated.
There have been seasons, where training for an event was just what I needed. There have also been seasons when training for an event or setting too many expectations and goals became more stressful then helpful.
Are you interested in starting out your new year with 14 days of consistent yoga practice? If so, we are helping make it easy for you to fit into your daily life. Listed below are links to videos for each day. Please send us a note and let us know if you are making it happen! You do need to be a member to log on and join the challenge. If you are not currently a subscriber, please go here to join!
Day 1: Unwinding from your day: Less than 15 minutes to help you unwind and prepare for a great night’s rest. (12 minutes)
Day 2: Wake-Up Sequence: This shorter sequence is designed to wake up your body and get you ready for the day. It focuses on building heat and deep stretching through the hips. This sequence is also a good mid-day stretch if you sit throughout the day. (19 minutes)
Day 3:Wake-Up Call: not just for mornings, this sequence is designed to wake up the body in the morning (or any time of day). This sequence offers many standing poses and is good for those with sore knees and hips. (22 minutes)
Grace and Space: hen time is limited, this quick sequence is an energizing flow that both strengthens your body and improves your flexibility. (21 minutes)
"You are not your thoughts,simply the one who listens to them." - author unknown
A sweet friend recently described the negative ones "as fiery darts meant to distract, tear us down, etc." Sometimes it seems as if as soon as you find escape them, they find your hiding place, an.
We don't have anything to hide from. The thoughts that tear us down, remind us of past mistakes, imperfect words we have spoken--those thoughts that try to convince us that we aren't good enough--aren't the truth.
In 2 Corinthians 10:5, Paul writes, "and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." We have the ability to change the playlist. Whether the thoughts are that we aren't enough, or we are full of worry; we can acknowledge the thoughts that keep us stuck. Not only do we have the power to let the thoughts go, but we can surrender and give Christ the permission to rewrite the narrative.... as often as we need Him to.
"every thought... " every time. What are you listening to today?
Before we dive in, two things you should know about me. I believe in creation science, the more I learn (and the longer I live); the more I do not believe evolution could be more then an idea. Maybe we will move on to that topic on another day ... But for now, the first thing you need to know about me is that I believe that God created the earth, plants, animals, fish, birds and people - in six days. Second, I do believe that we are not to live blindly. So, if I am going to teach asana (the postures of yoga), then I need to be able to discern and educate others in regards to what ideas align with my faith in Christ, and what does not. Hence, this very long post.