Get Outside and Move!Change is in the air! Can you feel it? I can. Cool evenings and mornings together with early sunsets indicates fall is coming! (Sure, it snowed but, that was jumping the gun a bit, and won't count that).
I enjoyed some travel over the last couple of months and noticed a shift in my body, going from action to in-action, from loosely fitting jeans to contemplating buying bigger ones. As wonderful and amazing it is to visit family and new places, the sitting in planes trains and automobiles, eating fried foods, and drinking more alcohol helped me arrive at a place of inactivity. It's in these last few weeks, I recognize laziness in movement and complacency towards clean eating setting in.
Moving the body is the best way to help prime the engine for healthfulness. Fake it til you make it, is my motto. Even if it's a short walk around the block, know it's important to start somewhere. What did I do to get out of my rut? We enjoyed the perfect jump start back into forward motion with a full day hike around Mount Rainier, WA. God's beautiful creation was enough to take my mind off the fact that I was gasping for air and working my muscles.
Note to self: when it comes to taking care of my temple of the Holy Spirit, I need a daily practice of stretching to ease me back to spiritual health. To allow myself time to focus on God's word, using controlled breathing and embracing physically challenging poses on my yoga mat, draws me back on the straighter path. My challenge in the next couple weeks is to get back into daily yoga. Pre- dawn is best, if I can get there. Join me if you feel inclined to take up this daily practice and let's encourage each other, ok?
Romans 12:1 - And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. -NLT
On @frogposeyoga Facebook Live, you will find free online classes that you can take anytime and anywhere you have good wi-fi. Please take full advantage of this as a resource to stepping into a daily practice of Christian Yoga.
With cold weather on the horizon, can I encourage you to find a spot out of doors to get the full effect of the last of summer? Do what feels good in your schedule and timing and bring your practice outside.
Join us Wednesday on Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ forour weekly Frogpose Yoga Beginner Yoga. We only have 3 more social distancing Tuesday morning park classes left. Join us in person at Thundercloud Park in Arvada from 9am-10am. Stay tuned for Red Rocks Sports 2nd Tuesday's 7pm monthly classes going into fall.
Ephesians 1:13-14 – “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”
In any given F.R.O.G.pose Beginner Flow class, we meditate on God’s word by reciting Bible verses, praying and practicing mindfulness. The key to fully integrating our mental awareness of God into the entire body is through taking physical postures on our yoga mats; some postures bring the body into a fully resting prostrate, face down position. It’s here we take full advantage of massaging the forehead into the mat, your hands or block. What is the benefit to bringing awareness to and fostering openness in the area just above and between the eyes?
Some make reference to this area as the “God Spot”, heralded as our connection to the Holy Spirit. There’s plenty that God has to say about this area in the body.
The tiny area in the scull, behind the brow, contains the Pineal Gland, which some believe is the place on the body where we make our intellectual connection to God. The Greek word for forehead is metopon. Science shows the primary function of the Pineal Gland is to produce melatonin which works in concert with light sensitive nerve cells in the retina to detect light to help synchronize our day-night cycle. The Pineal Gland can calcify from fluoride intake and in keeping it protected and flowing clears away confusion, uncertainty, cynicism, and pessimism.
I infer that forward- facing poses, such as Child’s Pose, Runner’s Lunge, and Sleeping Pigeon allow us to mindfully connect with the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, as we gently press the front of our head onto something and roll it from side to side. These restorative poses are our return path to God as we work to expand awareness and gain Godly wisdom through this area of the forehead.
Join us in class this week as we practice bringing health to our God Spots. 2nd T's Tuesday evening at 7:30 with Red Rocks Sports and Wednesday at noon on Facebook Live
If it's snowing or cold Tuesday morn at 9 check https://www.facebook.com/rrcsports/ for cancellation.
Other Yoga Happenings:
Wednesdays, at The Grange, 72nd & Simms
9/2, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, (We skip the 2nd Wed of every month due to community meetings, 9/9, 10/14, 11/11)
Sign up is required due to Covid-19 indoor restrictions; please email me at email@example.com, Thnx!
Holy Yoga with Betsy Smith
3rd Sunday of the month at 4:30p, outside, or spread out in the Activity Room depending on the weather. 9/20, 10/18, 11/15, and 12/20. firstname.lastname@example.org
Donation to the church is appreciated.
Mondays: Holy Yoga with Robin Ottersteter, Lakewood. 8/31-6:30p, no class Labor Day
9/14, 9/21, & 9/28 at 6p due to an earlier sunset. RSVP at least 12 hours before attending so she can plan accordingly and save you a spot. email@example.com
$25/3 or $10/1
Fridays: Holy Yoga with Robin, 8a-9a, Willowsprings area. RSVP at least 12 hours before attending so she can plan accordingly and save you a spot. firstname.lastname@example.org
$25/3 or $10/1
We were sitting on the blanket, listening to live music, chatting about the universe and everything. We were feeling grateful for the opportunity to gather outdoor, taking in the beauty around us, and somehow landed on the notion that life in COVID seems lacking in good intention. We were both desiring a need for greater kingdom focus in our daily living. How would you define intention, I asked: “attaining growth.” Admittedly, I’ve lost the habit of seeking ways to share Jesus with others, whether it be serving in ministry, offering invitations to church or tithing.
Webster defines intention as a thing intended, an aim or plan, or the healing process of a wound. This resonated with me in terms of how I approach my yoga mat. In Frogpose Yoga we speak about mindfulness and applying a positive intention at the beginning of each 60-minute class. Normally we set our focus on an inspiring attribute of God or some revealed Biblical truth, as to marry our head and heart knowledge with the physical body. It’s this intentional approach to the practice that I believe heals and grows the heart first and the body second. Christian yoga integrates mind, heart and spirit to bring about holistic healing from the hurts of life. Each physical pose challenges us to find out what’s holding us back from going deeper.
If the fear of muscles quivering or a negative mental block saying “I can’t do this” pose comes up, we put our mind’s eye on our original intention and invoke the intention breath of the Almighty to keep us steadfast. The refocus of the mind to the intention is our encouragement to stay in the fight of keeping the pose. As the Christian warriors that we are, we practice building strength in the Lord on the mat so we can take the head knowledge out into the world around us.
Let us not give up on doing good each day and set our intentions on the things above.
Join us this week for Tuesday 8:30 am Park Yoga and Wednesday at noon on Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
How often do you have doubts;
doubts about your relationships, your work, your future, your past? I can go to a place of despair and fear if I allow myself to dwell in these thoughts too long. In these current uncertain COVID19 times it would seem as if doubt creeps in more often than not. The way I’ve been able to combat this mindset is by learning to recognize it when it happens and to consciously doubt my doubts. It may sound strange but turn the doubts into doubts somehow diminishes a negative affect. A literal turning upside down of the thoughts seems to make it right.
In Frogpose Yoga we form physical poses in the body which allow our entire being to observe, be open, accept and recognize many of our feelings including doubt. Certain poses turn our sights upside down, lending a change in perspective. Using scripture from the Bible and deep breathing, we begin to make little shifts of change towards believing God’s truth, not our feelings, lending a way towards confidence and healing. Mindfulness of the word of God anchors us more deeply in the present moment.
Wide Leg Forward Fold is one of those poses that help us to change negative thoughts on its head. Not only does it offer countermovement to sports training, like running and biking, by offering a deep hamstring and calf stretch, but the inversion tones the internal organs. A deep release and introspective pose such as this one quiets and soothes the nervous system and the mind. With eyes wide open, we notice the world is temporarily upside down, and that’s o.k. We know God is turning all things right side up, for his good, and we find peace knowing heaven is our future. To accept our doubts in life is much like understanding the feeling of being upside down in the pose only lasts for a few deep breaths.
Ideally Wide Leg Forward Fold moves us towards resting the crown of the head on the earth. It anchors our minds and keeps us steadfast on all we know to be true: God loves us too much to leave us where we are at. He’s for us and is with us, even when things seem upside down.
Turn your doubts on their head and join us this week for both yoga in the park and our regularly scheduled Wednesday noon. (Tuesday at 8:30am, Thundercloud park. Due to a delay in school we have decided to continue park yoga until 8/25) And of course, Wednesday at noon, is on Facebook live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
It came up twice this week in conversation: “I just don’t know how to pray about this." This? We all know what the “this is.” This time to end. This pandemic to be eradicated. This current situation to turn rainbows and unicorns again. For some, being steadfast in prayer is old habit as you’ve been praying for something to change, it’s taking a long time and you’ve earned the patience. For others of us, who are used to working businesses and making households run when we say so, this is bringing up fear, anxiety, short tempers and fed up!
Kat and I came to the conclusion, that we simply need to go back to the basics and pray that we can keep our eyes on the prize of Jesus.
Short and sweet, people.
Pray for healing.
Pray for your family.
Pray for patience.
Pray in all things and keep your eye on our heavenly home.
Join us this week for a gentle flow that brings us back to the heart of prayer. Tuesday morning at 8:30am Thundercloud Park, Arvada. Wednesday at noon @frogposeyoga facebook live. https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
My portable evaporative cooler is working overtime to combat this 90 degree Colorado heat. I tried this refreshing hip tip: put a few drops of my favorite Doterra essential oils in the reservoir and transformed my swampy living room into a field of flowers!
My heart felt a heavy weight this past week as cases and masks increased. I had hoped life would feel more free and "normal" by now. Then the dental office said they require a 21 day quarantine after air travel, my car’s air conditioner went out, and as I spent the evening on my deck observing the neighbors across the street fighting loudly enough to demand two police cars, I had reached my boiling point. I grabbed a cold slice of melon from the fridge and took some deep breaths.
I cried out to God to be relieved of these recent flames of life! In His faithfulness, He gave me the word “refreshment”. The word swirled around in my mind and gave my heart some needed relief. Yes, I need to be extinguished! Can you also use some refreshment?
When I need refreshment I make an appointment with my yoga mat. I roll it out, set my tunes on praise and worship music and yoke with God using intentional breathing, yoga poses and prayer. Stretching is part of the process as is increasing internal heat with challenging physical postures. It doesn't take long before I begin to feel my flesh and bones getting refreshed.
At a Frogpose Yoga class, the first 50 of the 60 minutes is devoted to turning up the heat in the body, to burn off dross and bring out the gold in our life for Christ. We spend the last 10 minutes in the much needed cool down or surrender series of poses: seated forward fold, happy baby, supine twist, corpse pose and easy pose. As in life, when things get heated up, we need to take the necessary actions to cool down.
Join us this week for 2 classes and learn how God refreshes us:
IN person social distance park yoga, Tuesday 8:30am Thundercloud Park, Arvada
Wednesday at Noon, Facebook live
Feeling heated? Hit the mat or eat some refreshing summer watermelon!
Nothing feels more freeing than coming together this time of year, as one nation under God. We were under the bondage of England and thankfully, now we’re not. Our republic enjoys the same knowing and respecting of freedom as our response to what Jesus Christ demonstrated on the cross. It is for freedom that Christ set us free! With great power comes great responsibility. My freedom from the oppression and sin, isn’t something I take for granted and gives me reason to appreciate the fanfare and fireworks of a 4th of July party!
Isaiah 30:29 -And you will sing
as on the night you celebrate a holy festival;
your hearts will rejoice
as when people playing pipes go up
to the mountain of the Lord,
to the Rock of Israel.
We have two summer celebration classes this week. Wednesday at noon on Facebook live and a weekly safe social distancing park yoga at Thundercloud Park in Arvada (next to the Red Rocks Church Campus). Come to the park and enjoy an hour of stretching on your yoga mat and praising God for all He does for us and continues to do. July 7 through August 14, we will be rotating teachers, bringing to the practice a new twist on commemorating God’s goodness and faithfulness. Come with your own yoga mat, water bottle, sunscreen and a celebratory heart. We will supply the healthful moving meditation, Christian music, Bible verses and prayer.
Our four instructors inlcude Niki Sparks, Denise Stemple of Space for Change
, Lorie Corrado of Whole Health and Yoga
and Kate Paulin, founder Frogpose Yoga.
Let freedom ring!
Do you have a favorite board game? With all this sheltering-in-time on our hands, I’ve learned some new ones like Zaytzee and pulled out some childhood favorites too. The game I most enjoy is Clue, the mystery game, with the box claiming it requires its players to have the skill of deduction. By the end of the game, players draw conclusions based on evidence revealed during play. Similar to life experiences, we draw on inference of particular instances by reference to a general law or principle to make choices and educated guesses. One of the biggest challenges in my walk as a Christian has been comprehending the mystery of heeding God’s Holy Spirit.
The Bible reminds that the Holy Spirit is my personal teacher, guide, comforter and the one who intervenes on behalf of me, if only I can listen in.... I deduce that I’m more than just a character in a board game of chance. Before I was born, He knew all I’d become and accomplish. Like the layers of an onion, God established me in that secret place: my human spirit, layered in my soul and covered by my body, with all its benefits and disadvantages. He knew I would need a helper as this life would require more of me than what I could handle and so He gave me the Holy Spirit as an override. His Holy Spirit seals me with a promise of a bounty of fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.
Ephesians 1:13 says and you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. God offers this for all of us! There’s nothing we can do that keeps us from the love of Christ. If you confess with your lips and believe in your heart that Jesus was raised from the dead, you too can enjoy the fruit of the Holy Spirit in all that life throws you.
A Frogpose donation-based yoga class begins by inviting the Holy Spirit into the practice through quieting in Child’s Pose posture. The Holy Spirit is so gentle and loving that by offering our body in this prostrate posture, we can mindfully let go of adult worries and struggles and change into little children (Matthew 18:2-4). From this childlike invitation, we move into a heated moving meditation where God can mold us to be more like him. The Holy Spirit frees us from needing to rely on ourselves to integrate body, soul and human spirit.
Do you need comfort, interceding, teaching or guiding of the Holy Spirit? Tap into His knowledge this week on Wednesday at noon here: https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
and you will experience relief from tension and daily stress through a series of sometimes challenging physical poses, intentional breath work, reciting Bible verses and prayer. Come to this place of mindful integration of God's word and moving meditation in your body. We are prayerfully expectant that God is healing every heart and body that shows up to their mats, in this loving and non-judgmental community.
Here’s the Holy Spirit’s mystery clue for you: God did it on Calvary, with a cross, because He loves you! Believe it and live it!
Father's Day is here too! It's a great day to do yoga with your Dad, a friend or your friend's Dad. Make the most of the longest day of the year with a moving meditation.
Join us this week on Wednesday at noon for Facebook Live
for a 60 minute Beginner Flow class, using controlled breath, physical postures and a look at what the Bible says about our Father in Heaven. Hope to see you there! https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
Other classes to enjoy:
Space for Change Yoga
Tuesday online Zoom Class through June
& Wednesday at The Grange.
$25/3 classes or $10/1,
Yoga in the Park Tuesdays in July, stay tuned for more details.
Please email Betsy Smith at
for Holy Yoga Zoom links to Sundays outside, Tues/Thurs evenings, Wed/Fri mornings with Betsy, Naomi, Meg, Colleen & Sat mornings with Amy!
Someone recently asked me what is that God taught me during the COVID19 pandemic. Aside from the idea of wanting to apply an ongoing, conscience slow down and savoring of moments in everyday life, I had an emotional shift of going from a place of fear to peace. Early in my safer at home location of isolation, I experienced one of those dark nights of the soul that forever changed my life. I was overcome with a feeling of abandonment when it occurred to me that a virus could overtake me in my solitude. Suddenly, nothing mattered to me but my relationship with Jesus. And in His faithfulness, I was reminded that He will never leave me nor forsake me and that Jesus is preparing a place for me where he’s going to come and take me when it’s ready. It will be in his perfect timing and according to the book of life. The image of my physicality being grafted to the bark of The Vine flooded my mind with a confident assurance forever more.
Everyone’s experience was different and offered us signs for growth opportunity. Where did God nudge you in this time of change? Personal growth is the ongoing process of understanding and developing oneself in order to achieve one's fullest potential. Personal development is a vital part in a person's growth, maturity, success and happiness. It is the foundation of emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual health. God heats up our lives to change and purify us. It burns off dross and brings out the GOLD!
As the logo suggests, Frogpose yoga is a place where you may feel challenged and stretched, not just in the physical but in the spiritual and emotional. We approach the 60-minute gentle flow with a prayerful, Biblical and mindful practice of invoking the Holy Spirit to integrate a whole-body experience. The controlled breath of the Almighty gives us life as we bind all we know to be true in God’s word and the feelings we have in our heart with a series of sometimes physically challenging postures on the yoga mat. We are prayerful that with each breath, movement and positive intention, God is healing us and moving us to a place of deeper understanding of his eternal plan for our lives. We drive Godly principles into our inner being through movement.
After class, walk away with the feelings of being stronger, taller and changed for the better.
Join us this week as we stretch ourselves spiritually. Wednesday at noon on Facebook live.
Get Outside and Enjoy!This week is exciting as I just learned we can gather in parks with under 50 participants. Which means, we can begin our real, together in community, Summer in the Park Yoga series on July 7 at 7pm! Wahoooo. As protocols seem to change rapidly and without notice in this season, how can we embrace them with openness? For me, I've tried to keep with my morning routine of starting my day in prayer. How are you handling it?
I invite you to practice your moving meditation anytime you feel unease during this season. Enjoy the comfort and safety of your yoga mat from home or under a shade tree. I have grown in my faith and practice by enjoying quiet time in my back fenced area. When COVID started, there was snow on the ground. Now, it's sprung into a gorgeous green and flowered park! I love how God turns all things for His good.
Our 2nd Tuesdays Red Rocks Sports class is here for you to enjoy now or at 7pm Tuesday. Please enjoy this 50-minute recording of class brought to you by Niki, Denise, Lorie, and myself. Just click the live link above anytime. Can I encourage you to find a spot out of doors to get the full effect? Do what feels good in your schedule and timing.
Wednesday's class has been changed to Friday at noon. I hope you can join! We will be talking about Seasons of Life and how God helps us through challenging and beautiful changes! Join us for a gentle flow of breath, moving meditation and a focus on God's word. Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ is where you will find us always and at noon on Friday.
Stay tuned for July park yoga details!
What is the most recognizable symbol in the world? You guessed it; the Christian cross, the instrument of Jesus’ crucifixion. Early Christians refused to use it as a symbol because it depicted God’s son’s death as the gruesome and horrific means of execution that it is. By the 4th Century the cross symbol was adopted as iconic and remains as such to today. I wear a cross daily. It reminds me of my identity in Christ and gives me strength to endure what might come my way.
I recently described Frogpose Yoga as a moving meditation on God’s word, likened to a game of charades. Through a themed study of bible verses, controlled breathing and prayer we allow the word of God to infiltrate to our deepest parts or inner spirit. We use a series of sometimes challenging physical poses which allow our bodies to take actual form of that themed divine truth. In a game of charades, we act out the words in hopes that those who see us, pick up on the meaning. On our yoga mat, we allow our physical bodies to take form the shape of an attribute of God to help deepen our understanding of Him. This whole-body integration or muscle memory that we gain in each pose is what we can take out of class and into the world as a reflection of our faith.
Side Cross Pose is a physically demanding pose that build strength in the entire side body, including wrists, arms, shoulders, oblique core, legs and feet. From a high plank position, roll onto the knife edge of your bottom foot, and reach one hand to heaven. Align shoulder over wrist, stack or stagger the other foot and imagine being pressed between two panes of glass. (You can always drop down to the bottom knee for stability.) Hold for 3 honest breaths. Try it on both sides.
The benefits of pressing into this humbling pose include improving concentration, balance and strength. Unlike charades, the cross is serious and a game changer! Because of one sacrifice, he has made perfect those who he is being made holy. (Hebrews 10:14). To take the symbol of the cross is a gentle reminder of the extreme sacrifice and ultimate sign of strength to our faith, in how our Savior endured the cross at Calvary. It’s in the struggle that we build courage and can reach for higher heights.
Join us this week as we practice a gentle beginner flow that incorporates Side Cross Pose. Invite a friend or two by sending them this email or sharing on social media. See you Wednesday at noon on Facebook live. https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
1 Peter 1:22: Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.
Whole health wellness is multi-facetted. It’s not just our consumption of healthy food that heals our soul. It also involves combining two more truths; that which we know in our minds, the Word of God, and that which we feel in our hearts, the love of Jesus and His creation around us. How do we allow this maturity of health to settle deep into our tissue and inner being? F.R.O.G Pose Yoga: a practice and sequence of challenging physical poses that create a mindful moving meditation on our yoga mat. Each God inspired 60-minute class offers cued breath work, prayer, Bible verses and a gentle stretching of your spirituality. Whether you have a regular yoga practice or just starting out, all are welcome. From your yoga mat, you'll often hear the teacher remind you to take organic movements, meaning, do what feels right for you.
I’ve always had a deep connection to the awesomeness and inexplicable nature of life and God’s beautiful creation. It was out of a close connection to the earth and back woods of CT that birthed my love for frogs and toads. There was a time in my life when God inspired me to dream about running a farm to help house, ground and give purpose to single moms while living in a community of faith, support and working the soil. My ignorance of knowing how to actually toil in the dirt and hearing a different calling, brought me to a ministry offering Christian stretching on a yoga mat instead.
This weekend, I’m thrilled to get a Wisconsin farm education that’s helped grow my faith. There’s something about witnessing the intention and diligence of a generational organic farm, the love of God and respect for His provisions that are humbling and inspirational.
As I sipped pure warm milk that I had just gathered I asked Kat “are they white with black or black with white spots”? We laughed at the silly notion and came to the conclusion that the line blur between the markings for dairy cows are as varied as their personalities. These Organic Valley cows are happy because they eat healthy, grazing in green pastures as they are cared for like any other member of the family. With only a handful of the 11 remaining farms in this township maintaining organic standards, it’s hard work and definitely worth it! To take a sobering drive past the non-organic dairy farms with their giant storehouses of cows who never see the light of day, knowing are sequestered inside a small space for all their days, gives me pause to think about our familiar experiences in COVID-19 quarantines. Taking organic movement is healthy for all of God's creatures.
How do you choose to nourish your temple of the Holy Spirit? When you shop, do you prefer to purchase organic? Buying organic is a stretch. Some might argue that it doesn’t matter, but I feel as if eating animals and plants derived of natural means tastes better and offers the nutrition my body needs. I believe the cost to my body of eating non-organic might be greater than the difference I’ll pay at the checkout stand, and I’m o.k. with that.
What we take into our bodies matters. What we feed our mind matters. Self-care and listening to what your body needs makes all the difference. Be healthy and live life with an organic intention to feel better. This week’s class we will seek God’s wisdom in our bodies as it relates to good nutrition, in particular milk. Come at noon on Wednesday to learn what is beneficial and helpful for building you up! Facebook live.
It's Mother's Day and I Miss My Mom! Our roles tied to motherhood are important and so are the relationships around it! But, most importantly, is our relationship to Father God. You are a child of God, the King; an heir to His throne! His favor is upon you. Be blessed knowing you are deeply cared for by the Creator of the Universe and nothing can change his abiding love for you.
Do you help by mothering those around you?
Have you lost your mother?
Did you always want to be a mother?
Are you a teacher of children?
Are you a mother?
Do you have a dog or pet?
Let's never get so comfortable in pain that we forget our happiness. Celebrate the joy, sadness and opportunities to embrace the mothering path God has set before you.
Someone out there needs a mother, and you just might be it!
See you on facebook live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ Wednesday at noon.
Let’s penetrate to the heart of the matter!
A friend was explaining to me his love of bow hunting but not the kill. It’s amazing to think that something as small as an arrow can speedily take down a large wild animal. Recently, he’s found it a more satisfying experience to be in touch with the cool release of the bow and hit, twice, the heart of his target, cleverly with blunt arrow ends, without destroying a life. I, on the other hand, can barely penetrate the heart of a fake foam bear target, with sharp ended bows! So, the world goes round. Some of us are better at getting to the heart of things than others. That’s ok and that’s why we Fully Rely on God (F.R.O.G.) to help grow us in our weakness so we can align our hearts to beat in concert with the Creator of nature.
Sometimes I wish I had the ability to dull down sharp damaging comments before I send them off from my lips. Like Harry said to Sally, “it’s already out there” and I can’t take it back. Jesus’ disciple James said, in chapter 3 verse 6 of the Bible, "The heart of a fool is as a cart-wheel (trochos – wheel of nature).” In James the figure is of a wheel in rotation, so that a flame starting at any point is quickly communicated to the whole. Just so an apparently insignificant sin of the tongue produces an incalculably destructive effect. I come full circle to the notion that my tongue is merely an extension of my heart and this is where I need to focus.
This week’s class and topic is on working to Upward Bow Pose, more commonly known as Wheel Pose.
Don’t freak out! This intermediate pose is challenging physically and mentally. Maybe it’s not in your practice today but hopefully it will be for Wednesday. The idea is to allow the body to take shape in the form of a bow or wheel (back-bend), by standing on hands and feet, and propelling the heart forward. This is the physical reminder of all God wants: to have our heart exposed to all the things he has for us. Wheel is one of yoga’s fullest expressions of a heart opening pose.
Why is this pose important? We spend the majority of our time standing upright or slouching forward, sitting at a desk, on a sofa or in a car. We get accustomed to sitting in a hunched position with a rounded spine, dropped shoulders and our head hung forward. This can be the cause of numerous issues including back pain, poor posture, bad digestion and restricted breathing. Not to mention the emotional effects of a literal caving in at the heart, translating to depression, low self-esteem and hoardiing the love of Jesus.
Once the spine and body are warmed up with a series of beginner flow poses, including hip and chest expansions, move into the warm up called Bridge Pose. When ready, safely move into full Upward Bow/Wheel on the inhale: hips, knees and feet in alignment, the back-bend forms at the top of the spine rather than lower, armpits and arms are long, and glutes remain relaxed. Take five lion’s breaths as you gaze between the fingers pointing to the feet. Send your attention to the heart and intentionally direct it out into the world like an arrow: God’s making you to be an archer of love! Exhale and return to the mat by tucking chin and slowly rolling down the spine, beginning at the nape of the neck.
Psalm 19:14 - Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
Wednesday’s noon class will be on Facebook live again. https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ Prayerfully we desire the Holy Spirit to pierce our hearts with lasting effects in order to bring us closer to Jesus and others around us. Be the archer of change, in the name of Love!
I just saw the finale of my covid-companion show, God Friended Me and tomorrow I can FINALLY get back to working safely with the public. I can see the light at the end of this self-isolation tunnel! Sheltering In is winding down and I’m thankful for the opportunity to get back to physically supporting the local economy. Boulder County will keep it’s stay at home orders in place until May 8 yet essential business is back.
I forget what is behind, simultaneously straining to what’s ahead, recognizing the CDC’s urge to wear a fabric face mask. As cumbersome and awkward it may be, creating the ultimate 2020 ski goggles tan, it will require a great deal of self-mastery because I don’t enjoy how it feels on my face and my voice sounds muffled. I’m hopeful that this sacrificial act may be the difference between more Groundhog Days and the freedom to move about the cabin! Of course, there’s no guarantee wearing a mask will quell a resurgence of the virus, but I want to do my part to help my fellow countryman. Helping my brother or sister to not fall into sickness is what I can carry. (Galatians 6:2)
So I ask the Holy Spirit to produce in me the fruit of self-control (Galatians 5:22-23), which is the ability to control myself, in particular my emotions and desires or the expression of them in my behavior, especially in difficult situations. Wearing a mask will challenge my will power.
Our commitment to show up on our yoga mat is one way to grow in our ability to control ourselves. We don’t always feel like practicing but it’s the commitment to self-care that drives us. At F.R.O.G Pose we fully rely on God to integrate into our body’s inner spirit, that which we know to be true in our minds, the Word of God, and that which we feel in our hearts, the love of Jesus, self and others. As you are guided in the 60-minute moving meditation you confront challenging physical poses where you may feel like it’s too hard to push through. With the help of the Breath of the Almighty and your mind’s ability to tap into God’s strength and courage, we believe you can do it! Practice self-discipline of our mind, body and spirit in the safety of our yoga mat so that we can step out to face the world for Christ with that embodied confidence.
Muscle memory is what we are seeking. By focusing on Bible verses, using controlled breathing, praying and being in community, the temple of the Holy Spirit comes into alignment with God’s truths, including self-control. For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid but gives us power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). Let's exercise the right to wear a mask in public as an act of self-control.
Step into your power and join us for online class Wednesday at noon @frogposeyoga Facebook live.
How are you managing in your isolation? Know that I am praying for God to keep you and yours in perfect peace and health. Each of our experiences are feeling lonely, hard, wonderful, frustrating, and sad, all at differing times. These ups and downs that eb and flow in our hearts are real and provide us with the information we can use to formulate a new normal. We can rise above our circumstances and accept this unprecedented cadence if we chose to hold onto God’s truth with an Emmanuel (God with us) eternal perspective. Jesus' pouring out his life for us on the weighty cross is our example of dying to self. The choice isn’t always so easy, is it?
I find my practice in Jesus' example as lacking at times. I’m wanting perfection out of people and they are letting me down. Yesterday, as I patiently waited on the sidewalk for the Air Force Academy’s famous Thunderbird's to fly overhead, to illuminate the sky with a message of peace, a lady approached and remarked about the garter snake I was photographing. Rather than walking 6 feet around me she practically stepped over me! My plea for her to please maintain her distance was met with some kind of grumbling into her mask. I felt anger immediately well up in me. The fact that I’m writing about it today must indicate that I’m not letting those negative feelings flow onto Jesus' feet. Not everyone is going to act in a manner that I deem acceptable. And so, I took a deep breath and waited on God. A glance down on the little snake happily warming himself on the rock and that reminded me that Jesus is the prince of peace and I can go with the flow.
A F.R.O.G. Pose class helps my heart flow out of a place of being stuck in discomfort and into peace.
As an online community we go with the flow using the help of the Holy Spirit as our guide as we move through a series of physical poses and stretches, invoking the life giving Breath of the Almighty. The term "yoga flow" means our breath meets each pose by taking one breath to movement, which then helps us out of negative head space and into the truths of God. As a pose becomes more challenging and the desire to give up grows, keeping breath controlled and flowing, without holding it and grunting, is the difference between giving up and pushing on.
Each class has a special themed focus on bible verses while listening to Christian music. We notice the 60 minute moving meditation brings our individual temples into an integrated state of health and balance so we can confidently walk off the mat with a heavenly perspective, ready to boldly face our individual sidewalk battles with peace as our weapon.
Come and practice a pouring out and going with the flow on Wednesday at noon on Facebook live.
Other amazing Christian yoga classes to fill your week:
1. Lorie Corrado, Thrive Health Yoga
2. Denise Stemple, Space for Change
3. W/F Mornings 10-10:45 am
Meeting ID: 253 269 399
4. Friday at 3p, (30 minutes)
Live on RedRocksSports Instagram
Hoppy Easter: we jump for joy!
You could say I was feeling a bit out of place last Wednesday night when I jumped into esteemed Author and Mentor Denise Stemple’s Zoom yoga class with nothing but a glass of wine and the incorrect assumption it was girl chat time. Seeing everyone but myself on their rubber mats alerted me to the notion that I was there to do some stretching: not drinking. Video muted, check! Ditch the adult libation, check! Find an open spot on the carpet, check! Video back on, check! Now, I could join in.
I’m fairly certain this is the only time I’ve EVER taken class without a yoga mat underneath me.
What I came to discover is that I felt boundary-less. There was no definition of where I was supposed to be. I didn’t have a sense of safety and security of my familiar green mat with the frog logo. Sure, the carpet was soft and plush but, placing my body on the rug was a little itchy and I wondered about dog hair, dust and the things you shouldn’t be thinking about when taking a mindful meditation such as Christian yoga. To put it plainly, I didn’t know my limits.
Why is our mat so important when it comes to enjoying the benefits of a moving meditation? It represents our beginning and our end, our personal space and the sure footed-ness that equips us off the mat and into the world. The mat defines what is me and what isn’t and that I’m solely responsible for the health of the temple of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 6:5 - for each one should carry their own load.)
What I get from Cloud and Townsend of Boundaries is that God designed a world where we all live within ourselves – we inhabit our own souls and have to deal with what’s there. Boundaries define that. We are responsible to God, to others and FOR ourselves. Practicing on the mat grows us in maturity, creates independence of functioning and freedom and opens the mind to truth about who we are. We listen to the body when it says yes, that’s mine and no, that’s yours, by moving at our own pace. Students are in full control on their own mat.
At Frogpose there's the freedom to pass on a pose if we aren’t feeling it in our body. Being flexible in the body is not necessary in order to benefit from the effects of the class. We believe that God is healing bodies by integrating his truth with our hearts and our inner being through personal acceptance. The mat is where we are spiritually stretching our feelings, desires, choices, love, resources and gifts, beliefs, thoughts, values, limits and self and others, and behaviors. All we ask is that you set yourself up for success with a yoga mat or a taped off boundary on the floor, some water and a flexible mindset. You will be met with a teacher who will gently guide you through a healthful moving meditation, which incorporates deep breathing, stretching, and hearing from God's word.
3 class offerings this week:
Frogpose Facebook page Facebook live Tuesday night at 7pm, and Wednesday at noon (both 60 minute flow)
Instagram, Friday at 3pm on Red Rocks Sports (30 minute tune up)
I, like many of you, find myself spending more than my share of screen time binge watching. What show are you into now? I’m really enjoying God Friended Me. Miles Finer is an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him. “Coincidences” unfold as Miles and his friends investigate God's friend suggestions, and God is working out all the details in the lives of the characters of the show. In real life we are sometimes privy to observing the divine orchestrations of the lives around us, but not usually.
Zechariah prophesied that Jesus would enter into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, with a colt in hand, exactly as it played out on Palm Sunday. Moses happened to be at a burning bush. Isaac’s life was one moment away from ending when God provided a lamb in the thickets. He is extending treatment of and attention to the particulars of our lives and is working all things for good to those who know him. (Romans 8:28) There’s no coincidences in life: God is in the details.
This period of sheltering in and social distancing isn’t just coincidence. This is God’s plan unfolding and I need to find the patience and comfort knowing He’s got all the details worked out and is setting us up for success. He always has, always will and always does. Revelation 22:13 – I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
During a moving meditation at Frogpose Yoga you will often hear your instructor giving specific instruction on how to hold a pose, where to send your attention, how to shift your gaze and when to breath. The correct placement of palms and feet, the orientation of joints and mindfulness are details to help keep student’s injury free and to inspire the most spiritual and physical benefit possible. The biggest part of setting students up for success is the teacher’s dependence on paying attention to correct posturing and the details of each pose. Listen for the cues “keep your shoulders over your hips, knees over ankles or fingers engaged” and know that your teacher is paying attention to detail and helping grow you in your practice.
Thomas Nelson said "from our vantage points, life can seem overwhelming and even out of control, but He who loves us with a steadfast love is as into the details of our lives as He was when He created the details of bringing together the water and the sandy shores. As Christ said in Matthew 6:26, the Father knows every bird and He cares for them. How much more He cares for us as His prize creation!"
Join us Wednesday at noon for an encouraging facebook live beginner yoga flow @frogposeyoga. With the use of breath, physical postures and stretching on your yoga mat, we will dive into detailed posturing and God’s attention to detail.
I was on a video call when I noticed two big Blue Jays playing in the fresh Colorado mountain air. As they danced from tree branch to tree branch, I smiled thinking that they were likely starting their spring rituals. It gave me pause to think about how the bird and I suddenly relate in a reverse kind of way. The bird begins life pent up in a tiny egg shell but is now observing confident free flying. I went from the freedoms of coming and going, when and where I wanted, to now staying put. I’m observing day 12 of a self-oriented shelter in place. I am suddenly experiencing life from inside a small space.
What can I learn from the bird’s solo and confining beginnings?
God’s specially designed bird’s shell is used for growth and shelter: ten thousand pores for breathing, the yolk is the food source, an egg white provides an air pocket. The bird keeps the faith and the will to press onto the next step in life as God has equipped the bird with a specialized shell cutting beak. It breaks out of the shell and chooses the freedom to live and breathe and everything else! (Acts 17:25) God always has a plan and I am confident that if he can provide for the needs of a chick, how much more will he provide for me when this COVID thing has run its course. The birds don’t worry about their future food nor their storehouses of TP. From this insider looking out, I will observe their confidence and wait until it’s just the right time to spread my wings in freedom. I rest knowing God’s got this.
The Frogpose Beginner Flow yoga class leads the flock through a moving meditation on God’s word while listening to Christian music, bringing our individual temples of the Holy Spirit into a state of health and balance. Each week offers prayer, guided breath work with a series of sometimes challenging physical poses, and stretching on a yoga mat. Since our current lives seem a bit closed in and upside down, this week’s class will incorporate the inversion, Crow Pose.
The Crow Pose is considered an arm balance yoga pose and it requires a lot of focus apart from the physical strength. The weight of the body is balanced on the arms and the body weight is at the wrists and elbows. Just like the crow or the crane have a light body for the legs to take the weight, we need to bring that lightness to balance our body on the arms along with proper alignment. The fear of falling on our nose or losing balance and hurting our wrists is most likely to happen if the mind is not ready for these yoga poses (Crow Pose or Crane Pose). Hence Crow Pose builds into the awareness of the body and hones the mind-body connection while “flying in the air”. Crow Pose also works on emotional state by helping us conquer fear and allowing us to accept and embrace life with courage.
In solitude and the safety of our own spaces, we will practice our series of sometimes challenging physical poses, using the Breath of the Almighty to give us life, on Facebook life. Wednesday at noon.
Flexibility is the name of the game on our mat and now we are putting it into practice! We will work on our physical strength and mental endurance.
We don't need no stinkin studio! In your face COVID19.
Join us from your favorite nook in the house/outside for another Facbeook Live at noon on Wednesday.
At about 11:50, click here:
https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/ and we'll take class together. Our focus will be that God Protects!
I met my friends with an awkward non-hug, followed by the elbow touch and parted by clicking our heals together - not because we were doing the St Patrick’s Day Irish Jig but because we didn’t want to compromise each other’s health. My mindset has to be about my friend’s well-being and not the “what if” I catch something because inward thoughts make me fearful. On Tuesday I will practice self care by celebrating St Patrick’s Day by eating corned beef and cabbage, and sipping green beer. Patrick’s bravery is worth noting because he didn’t give into fear as he spent a lifetime ministering to the Irish while driving out the “snakes” of the land. When being held captive in slavery is when his faith grew stronger. I can only imagine that his love of the people was of greater importance than his anxious feelings about his life's safety.
What we know is that our country is experiencing an unprecedented “snake” of our time: a virus named after a Mexican beer is holding us as slaves. I follow Patrick’s lead by taking captive my anxious feelings and putting the well-being of others before me. All of us have a fear of the unknown and God is giving us the necessary information to handle the situation and how to take precautions in avoiding passing it on. God gave instructions to the Israelites for keeping them healthy early in the beginning of the Bible. In Genesis He gave circumcision as a prevention to disease when there was a lack of access to soap and water. In Leviticus God spoke of washing hands and eating clean meat long before fad diets and hand sanitizer. We rest knowing that God is sovereign and on his mighty throne, with a plan to prosper us and not to harm us (Jeremiah 29:11).
Cleanliness is an important component and position of compassion in Frogpose Christian yoga. Expanding out of a practice of deep breathing, taking challenging physical postures, listening to Christian music, and focusing on Bible verses, we also embrace cleanliness. God loves us too much to keep us in our messy state and wants to use our time on the yoga mat as an opportunity to clean us up.
In class, impurities are burned off as the Holy Spirit gently shapes us into the likeness of Jesus. Just as good works come from an over-low of a heart beating for Jesus, practicing mindful cleanliness on the mat produces a desire for cleaner hands and a more-pure heart. In addition, physically showing up on your mat freshly showered is like going to church in your Sunday best. Arriving clean sets the expectant tone for cleanliness, not just physically but in body, mind, spirit, and surroundings; all helping direct us to a pure and positive Godly life. Fake it til you make it!
Your well being is of most importance and we will gather as a facebook community this week. Tune into facebook live, https://www.facebook.com/events/682262022179999, Wednesday at noon. From your own living room or office, we will practice keeping our fellow countrymen/women safe - all together!
Keep up the faith and continue in prayers that God will deliver us from the weight of slithery COVID19. You are smart and safe as you practice cleanliness.
Happy St Patrick's Day!
The most likely reason the phrase “fear not” is used in the bible 80 plus times is because God knew scary things would be the byproduct of modern life. This day, I find myself as more reserved when it comes to shaking hands and sharing foods with those with who I’m coming into contact. When I hear the sneeze or C.O.U.S. (coughs of unusual size), I say a little prayer that I’m protected from catching “that”. Those who know me would consider me a recovering germaphobe, thanks to my maturing faith in God. Being bombarded of news about emerging new illnesses challenges me and gives me reason for pause. Still, I rest in knowing that God’s got my best interests at heart and all the days ordained for me were written in the book of life before any of them came to be (Psalm 139:16). I’m heaven bound and that’s all the insurance I need to face the future with a sense of hope. I fear not because God fights for me just as he fought for Moses and Joshua.
Another confidence I have is knowing God made my body in such a way that it also fights for me. My skin is the armor that has built the wall keeping the bad out and the good in. My skin is my first defense protecting its facia and organs and all that’s under my skin. This knowledge helps me to breathe a sigh of relief in peace, not fear.
In F.R.O.G. Pose we enjoy the immune boosting benefits of stretching on a yoga mat to further enhance the protections with which God’s equipped our body. Yoga Journal says that Yoga helps lower stress hormones that compromise the immune system, while also conditioning the lungs and respiratory tract, stimulating the lymphatic system to oust toxins from the body, and bringing oxygenated blood to the various organs to ensure their optimal function. "Yoga is unlike other forms of exercise that focus only on certain parts of the body," says Kathleen Fry, M.D., president of the American Holistic Medicine Association in Scottsdale, Arizona. "Yoga works on everything."
What does this work feel like at a typical F.R.O.G. Pose power flow class? With the help of the Holy Spirit as our guide we move through a series of physical poses, using the Breath of the Almighty to give us life. With a focus on bible verses while listening to Christian music, we engage in a moving meditation, bringing our individual temples into a state of health and balance. 60 minutes later we confidently walk into the world with a heavenly perspective and are ready to boldly face the battles God’s set before us.
Join us for two immune boosting stretching classes on a yoga mat. 2nd T’s Tuesday 7pm yoga at Red Rocks Church and Wednesday at noon at 2900 Valmont F1 in Boulder.
I was a kid when I first learned of the phrase “in with the good air/out with the bad”. I’m fairly certain I heard it in a Brady Bunch episode as housekeeper Alice was practicing something other than cooking and cleaning, such as yoga or hula. Either way, saying it in my formative years conjured up a good chuckle to myself and possibly my brother J. As a child, it was easier to laugh at hard things in life. I didn’t understand why breath had to be bad versus good. As far as I knew, it just WAS.
As an adult, I have come under fire and been meet face to face with many difficult things: unplanned pregnancy, single parenting, work disappointments, divorce, loss of friendships… I’ve been the pot, the kettle, and sometimes danced in the flames. (Inhale…exhale. Inhale a bit more. Exhale deeply). Did they (THEY?) coin that childhood phrase incorrectly by giving weight to good breaths versus bad or did it lay a mindful foundation to help me cope during heated life situations? We’ve all had the refining flames turned up under us and what matters is how we allow ourselves and our perspectives to be purified as the end result. Prayerfully, when life of mixed metals cools, I hope to look more like Jesus (without the beard) then a toxic version of self.
At F.R.O.G Pose yoga we turn up the heat. Literally, we have a room set at 85 degrees and vigorously move through physical postures to get our body temperature to rise. Verbal cues of one breath to one movement addresses pent up energy in our fascia and bone marrow, bringing us to a boiling point. Sometimes class feels too strenuous and we take a rest while listening to Christian music and Bible verses; which is welcomed with grace. And other times, we use God’s strength to help us press on to the next pose.
God designs the “hot” spots in our lives so we can burn off dross and bring out His best GOLD in us!
Just as in life, it’s in these moments of decision, when the flames seem too intense, where God is doing his best work in us. Toxins in the body bubble to the top and flow out body tissue, into the bloodstream and out through our collective exhales. We have the support of the Holy Spirit and others on the mats around us, acting in solidarity, giving us the confidence to push ourselves. We need the heat and breath to allow the impurities of life to surface so God can skin/slim it off. There is healing in heated community where God is the potter and we are his clay. . At frogpose we help you become the pot of gold at the end of God’s rainbow of life!
When I was in yoga teacher training, I was told that a daily practice of stretching on a yoga mat brought about fiery changes in the body. Old injuries were expected to arise before healing could begin. Practicing dealing with heat and the pain that comes up on our mats gives us the skills we need off the mat and out into the world. Come to class and bring on the heat and blow off some steam!
Wednesday at noon, 2900 Valmont #f1.
I was raised in a traditional church and as a kid I showed up with the expectation to keep emotions to myself and outrageous gestures out of the pews. I've since spent many years attending non-denominational churches and have witnessed many a fellow worshiper lift hands in the air like they don't care (thank you Cameo, Word Up!). I'm disappointed with myself to admit to secretly passing judgement when the hands would go up. I could certainly appreciate that those folks were overtaken by the Holy Spirit and reaching up for their own personal reasons, or possibly putting on some sort of act, but I never felt the urge to do so. A "Good Catholic Girl" keeps her cool, right?
And then it happened!
One Sunday morning, the lights were dimmed, the worship band was stirring up the Spirit, and I thought to try an experiment. Certainly no one would notice if I tired lifting a hand: just one. Immediately, in this gesture of humble adoration and full surrender, my heart nearly leaped out of my chest. It took me by surprise! There really was something in my physical gesture that evoked an emotional response! One hand was met by the other and suddenly I was standing in church doing mountain pose and feeling tall and strengthened by God.
In Frogpose Yoga class a similar evolution may occur for you. We begin class feeling stiffness and rigidity and end class feeling strong and relaxed. So, don't be intimidated due to a perception you may have about yourself as not being flexible enough. The 60 minute class begins with a warm up and integration of spirit, soul and body. And then we turn up the heat with fluid physical postures using the breath of life to direct our flow.
It's at this time in class that the arms are warmed up enough to reach to heaven with least resistance. Shoulders have loosened and the fascia has softened. You may even hear a teacher cue to use Steeple Grip. This is the ultimate expression of the moving meditation with fingers interlaced, palms touching and both index fingers directed upward like a heavenly vector. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit with our fingers as the steeple, pointing to our eternal home. The physical posture of Steeple Grip evokes the emotional response of direction for our lives and souls. There is peace in knowing where the steeple is leading!
Join us on Wednesday at noon as we focus on what the bible has to say about the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. And the next time you feel moved to lift your arms in worship and praise, maybe give Steeple Grip a try and report back to me.