Seasons change and this is God's lesson about flexibility! Spring has sprung into a gorgeous green and summer park experience!
Starting this week, Lorie, Denise, Niki, Betsy, Katie and myself will lead us in Park Yoga, as rotating teachers. Come and enjoy a freshness of your spirit and a building of community on Thursday mornings at 9am.
Wednesday's weekly class has been changed to:
When: Thursdays at 9am
Where: Thundercloud Park, Vance Street (72nd and Wads, Arvada)
How: in person only
I hope you can join for a gentle flow of breath, moving meditation and a focus on God's word.
Here's what the park looks like: bring sunscreen, hats, water, a mat that can get wet. Moms with babies are welcomed. There's a jungle gym: your kids play at their own risk unsupervised. Rain out: inside Red Rocks Church.
Ask yourself, “What am I really going for in this life in May of 2023?” I’d like to say I’m disciplined in many areas of my life but if I were to list them with specificity, it would have some caveats. I’m disciplined in my prayer life, when time allows and in various seasons. I’m disciplined in daily exercise, when I’m not traveling. I enjoy going to church weekly, unless it’s winter and 6” of fresh powder has fallen. Do I consider these things excuses or a sign of weakness?
Not at all. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. The rod is important for correction, learning and growing yet grace allows us to accept our imperfections. Christ is the perfect one. We can strive to be like Him and understand that we will always fall short of His glory. The point is that we are putting in effort which frees us from the guilt of perfection.
Coming to having a disciplined life on a yoga mat helps release us from guilt to exercise. Yoga isn’t about being perfect, it’s about being present. Consistently showing up to a yoga class, for yourself, will help develop flexibility, strength, mindfulness, and a sense of belonging, which is the key to overcoming illness and disease. As with any sport, practicing once a month isn’t going to start a habit. Do it 3-5 times a week and watch your whole life change for the better. A regular Christian yoga practice does the body, the temple of the Holy Spirit, good.
What are you going for: healthy joints, low blood pressure, peace in your mind, better posture, like-minded friends? Be consistent, form healthy habits and get disciplined. Give yourself the freedom to give rise to a disciplined practice of yoga.
We have 2 classes this week: our weekly Wednesday class at noon in person at 8330 W 80th in Arvada (live at Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ )
and 2nd Thursday 7pm at Red Rocks Church Arvada.
Begin that healthy habit and carve out both times for yourself this week! Both classes are a beginner power yoga flow, where we pray, listen to Christian music and encourage each other to discipline our mind, body, soul and spirit in community.
Starting June 1 we will be offering our weekly class on Thursdays in the park instead of inside at Flatirons. Thunder Cloud Park - just up the street at 72nd and Wads. 9am Thursday mornings through August.
On my jog today, as I was reviewing Bible scripture, as I like to do, my mind got stuck on the New Testament book of John, chapter 3. There is something about the power of the famous words of John 3:16 that give me a reason for pause and contemplation. I can fully relate to the picture of the curious Jewish leader coming to Jesus in the middle of the night. To Nicodemus it made sense to forgo sleep in order to learn about redemption. When I have a hard time sleeping, I like to come to Jesus too. Rather than allowing myself to be frustrated by feelings of my inabilities to sleep, I use the unusual waking time as a divine appointment to come to Jesus. My question becomes, “God, for whom and what do you want me to pray?”
What is great about spending time with God while jogging is it helps ease the physical struggle. My thoughts wandered off the steep stone path leading up the hill to pondering who or what needed prayer for in that moment? “Ok, God, who can I pray for?”
And in a flash, I received the instant download: for Sunday’s sermon! I began to pray an audible breath prayer, as best I could between gasps for thin Colorado air, for tomorrow’s message. I prayed for my local Red Rock’s message, for Calvary’s message, and for Revive’s message….then for every message that is being delivered tomorrow, everywhere around the world. I prayed that God would reveal Himself in a real way and to have a big win for lost souls, no matter where Jesus’ gospel is preached tomorrow. In the name of Jesus, AMEN!
My prayer felt as big as the mountain I was climbing. How will He answer it? I don’t know yet but I felt the Holy Spirit offer me hope and faith in three big words that came to mind. Three words that I repeated many times as I stepped over the path beneath my feet. Words that Nicodemus, myself and the people that will be sitting in pews tomorrow hold so dear. Those words were: revealed, redeemed and revolution.
Heavenly hope is a process. First Jesus reveals himself to us, followed by the process of redemption or him compensating for our faults. When those two concepts get internalized, we can’t help but want to take it to the streets, mountain tops and the ends of the earth. Like F.R.O.G. Pose Christian yoga, we take that which we know to be true, the words of the Bible and Jesus, and the feelings we store in our heart and body and integrate it into our soul through movement on the yoga mat. The strength in truth that we build in our yoga community gives us the confidence to take it off the mat and into the world.
I know Jesus is on the move right now and I want to be in step with Him. As the revival in Asbury College in Kentucky has come to a recent close and the wildly popular and moving movie, Jesus Revolution, is still playing in theaters, I know God is changing lives. I’m praying that tomorrow will heal hearts, minds, souls and bodies everywhere. Whether it’s in the quiet of the night, in a college campus or the beaches of Southern California, Jesus is revealing himself, redeeming each soul He touches and moving us to live a life of love and purpose.
Find your passion and a definite desire to do good things!
Hands down, my major prophet avatar, the one I most relate to in the modern age, is Isaiah. There's something about the way he writes and the content he discusses that I can really get behind and understand. This is one of my life verses:
There's nothing like finding yourself in an unplanned pregnancy to realize how valuable and necessary is a local pregnancy care center. I can speak from experience; being alone and receiving the news that you're expecting a child, without a plan is scary and confusing. To support a place like Boulder Pregnancy Resource Center (BPRC), can make the difference between life and death by offering FREE ultrasounds, diapers, housing and most importantly, unconditional love. Just as Jesus would have it!
Here's an easy and fun way to come alongside BPRC. Join in on our 3rd Annual Golf Fundraising Tournament on April 29 at Top Golf in Thornton. We are praying for 25 teams of 6 players, selling mulligans, auctioning off a room full of fabulous items, door prizes and winning team prizes, to raise $10,000! Please echo this request and for smiles, good weather and safety of all participating.
The good news is that you don't even need to know how to play golf to have fun. We are looking for volunteers, silent auction items, donations, prayers and folks that just want to come for lunch and fun.
Sign up here if you want to get involved or email me. Play for $120/adults, $85/under 15. Grab your small group, neighbors, friends and family and have a fun day as we #golfforlife2023!
As for Christian yoga, on Wednesday, join us for a gentle flow of breath, moving meditation and a focus on God's word for our regular in person class. Location: 8330 W 80th Ave #1, Arvada. Or on Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ Being a Christian, speaking up for those who can't speak for themselves the strength building and lessons we learn on the mat that we can take out into the world to DO GOOD!
8 Critical Invitations, 1 Not so much.
What if I NEVER took anyone or anything up on an invitation? What and where would I be today? If I didn't accept a ride to the airport, I'd be late. If I said no to eating clean, I'd likely be unhealthy. If I didn't agree to my high school YoungLife gathering, I'd surely be lost in this life. Big time!
Making Invitation can mean the difference between connection and isolation, between lost opportunity and growth, or even life and death!
The invitation requires two willing participants. The first person has the courage, fortitude, wisdom and time to flap their gums into forming a question, while simultaneously accepting a yes or no answer. For me, when playing this role of the first person, a full schedule, insecurities and fear of rejection can inhibit my taking the initiative. And it requires me to let go of the outcome. I challenge myself to fall in love with the idea of being uncomfortable to the response.
The second person has to role of responding appropriately. I would hope that my responses to invitations are honest, straightforward and timely. And in my messaging I sprinkle some grace with the truth. Thus whether I accept the invitation or pass on it for this time, I pray the inviter feels glad they offered the invitation and feel comfortable trying at another time.
Does it always play out this way? If I'm being honest? No. Being a good inviter requires good intentions, forethought and follow-through. Being a good invitee requires tact, grace and saying yes to some and no to others. Both are equally important for a fulfilling life of connection and community.
With a little fear and in trepidation...
9. Will you COME sit with me at church tomorrow?
We had such a wonderful time of making new friends and connections with our 6 Week Yoga Challenge that I don't want to interrupt the connections we made. I'm missing my J'ogi community at Red Rocks. Last week I stood around looking for ANYONE I knew and in the sea of friendly faces I found three Jill and KK and Kathi. I want to feel connected in my church home. Do you?
I attend the 8:30 am service in Arvada. I don't always roll in on time but I pass by the pile of fresh delicious donuts, grab a hot coffee in my reusable cup and make my way to the front row of chairs, 2nd tier back from the stage, left of center.
If you are looking for someone to sit with on Sunday, I'll be there hoping you join me! Here's the challenge, pick up the phone and invite someone to church. Let go of the outcome. If they say yes, great. If not, that's fine too. Don't give up! Let's pack that 2nd front row with likeminded Jesus Yogi's!!! Feel free to take me up on the invitation if you want. If not, that's fine too! Let's get good at inviting and feeling ok with the response. Practice makes present.
I have 2 more invitations for you this week:
-Join us for a gentle flow of breath, moving meditation and a focus on God's word about community on Wednesday at noon for our weekly Beginner Yoga Flow inperson class: 8330 W 80th #1 Arvada. Try Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ if you can't be inperson.
-2nd Thursday Red Rocks Sports Yoga is 7-8pm. Sign up on this link
Welcome to 2023, J’ogi’s!
Following many Christmas gatherings with family and friends, ushering in the new year at the last and final party of the year was the perfect culmination. At the stroke of midnight, like the winds of change, God blew into existence an instant life reset. No sooner had the Times Square ball dropped, the highs, lows and in betweenness of 2022 were but a memory and there was nothing I could do to change any of its outcomes. Tuning my ear to the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne helped me realize how the former God given 365 days were over and it was time to begin fresh. I exhaled deeply into the party favor horn, I let go of what was for all that’s going to be new.
Each year I pray God will grow me more into the likeness of Christ. I prefer easy lessons over the difficult. I’d rather enjoy gentle nudges instead of being tested by refining fire. I never know how God’s going to be moving in my life standing between one year and the next. His grace is sufficient and I cling to His truths as the breezes of 2023 begin to move me.
For the last two years God has inspired me to do a deep dive into a word.. in His word. 2021 was the word justice. The prophet Isaiah inspired me with that one because I never really knew what it meant to seek justice. As I read the bible throughout the year, I’d make note anytime God spoke about the word and that began my annual journey into a word of God. 2022 was light and that word helped me deepen my understanding that Jesus is the light of the world and He’s faithful to chase away the darkness. As I approached the end of this year, I asked God for the new word, and prayerfully what came up is the word wind. Wind? It’s probably no coincidence that I’ve been residing for most of my life in one of the breeziest communities, a close second to the state of Wyoming. Wind has been a constant in my life so it seems appropriate.
Do you use one of God’s words as an annual study? Like me, perhaps you feel inspired to get a deeper understanding of one of God’s words. Can I offer a challenge? In the next few weeks, take some time in prayer and ask God to give you a word. He is faithful to answer, so seek and knock. Open the door to a subtle nudge and once you’ve got the word look for it in your reading, your life, journal about it and I’d love to hear about all you’ve learned in 2023. You can share my word too, if that works.
Here's just a couple of things I’ve come to know about the word wind:
Join us this Wednesday at noon for a beginner Christian moving meditation as we focus on God's word about wind. We keep trying to simultaneously offer Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/and has proved challenging in our new space so please join in person: 8330 W 80th Arvada #1. We'll keep trying to broadcast.
For those of you on the fence about signing up for the 6 week yoga challenge starting January 15, there's still a couple spots available. Sign up here.
I’ve got 3 dozen Christmas cookies to make for Annie’s cookie exchange. I know the perfect recipe: Nanny’s tried and true molasses cookie recipe. It might make her roll over in her grave to know this, but instead of using ill-processed canola oil for the liquid shortening, it will be real butter. Since I prefer fresh, always, minced ginger root will replace the dried jarred powdered stuff. Gut health is on my mind too, so why not use the local Longmont-made Bulk Store gluten free flour?
Today, in the solitude of my kitchen, while jamming out to my favorite Holiday classics playlist, I made the dough to be chilled overnight, to be rolled into balls, rolled in granulated sugar, and baked tomorrow for that yummy out of the oven flavor. While doing so I had a lovely chat on the phone, catching up with Cam and Bla. I turned on the Christmas tree lights. Everything was going according to time until I reached for the key ingredient, molasses.
I had plenty remaining in the Brer Rabbit bottle to complete the recipe yet it had matured into slower than molasses molasses. It was the thickest, darkest glob of goodness, that refused to move! What would have normally taken me 10 tops to prepare became a 30-minute endeavor. WOW! What a test in patience. Observing the molasses instantly reminded me of God’s patience for me in learning how better to live in obedience to Him.
I love how God teaches me lessons in everyday things, such as cooking, and how it relates to the work I do on my yoga mat. Just when I want to rush things in life, God offers slowness as the option. It’s in these moments off the mat where we can make a choice for freedom and victory in the Lord by allowing for His timing of things, accepting it and letting it go. I can choose the way of the straight path of least resistance or speed through and possibly miss the blessing?
Often times in the warm up or integration opening part of a Frogpose beginner flow class, you’ll hear the verbal suggestion to “move as if you’re moving through molasses”. Why? So often we arrive at our mat with a sense of rush to have made it through the class doors on time, or we have a long list of to-do’s lingering in our brains. Not to mention, the current Colorado winter weather, which presents our fascia as stiff and cold at the start of any given work out.
As a guide for class, I often notice students speeding to the next pose as if it’s some kind of race. For example, if I cue right arm high, some consciously draw attention to doing so with intention, while some shoot an arm up in seconds flat without even thinking about protecting shoulder or the supporting muscles and ligaments. Rather than allowing The Breath of the Almighty to drive the pose with a controlled 4 second inhale (with full body awareness), they hurriedly force the pose. Especially in the early part of class, when the body is yet warmed up, injury can happen when poses are rushed. Each class is an opportunity to practice patience that can be taken off the mat and into real world situations. Hurry and rush or have patience and notice – the option is yours.
My work around with completing making the batter was to use the good old modern microwave. A couple of seconds to zap the goo and voila, I could get it out of the bottle. All the brown blob needed was some time to warm up and soften. Once warmed up, it flowed out the bottle with its regular molasses slowness.
Frogpose Yoga Tip “Observe the Molasses”
Don't froggette to sign up for the 6 Week Yoga Challenge in January. Space is limited and it's filling up. Start 2023 on the right foot..or left.
11/20/2022 0 Comments
Together let's practice an attitude of gratitude, on and off our mats, as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Lighten your load with these 5 easy steps for conjuring up the feelings of a thankful heart. Fake it until you make it! You can do it from your home, car, office or where ever the stress of the holiday season sets in.
Let go of expectations for yourself and others and just BREATHE! God promises to meet you where you are at.
Burned the turkey? Breathe a sigh of frustration.
Your pie turned out perfect? Breathe a sigh of relief
Didn't get invited to that dinner? Breathe a sigh of disappointment
Sitting around the table, comparing your life to others seemingly cheery
situations? Breathe a sigh of acceptance
Feel to heal. That's OK! Inhale fresh air knowing God is for you and exhale the audible breath prayer of thanksgiving for it all.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Join us for a gentle flow of breath, moving meditation and a focus on God's word. Pre Feast Wednesday at noon 8330 W 80th Ave Arvada and we'll try to offer Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/( Sorry but the wifi isn't cooperating so well.)
‘Twas the night before my Holy Spirit dunkin’ and all through the house not a creature was stirring….but the wind sure was! Throughout this Colorado blue sky day the wind was moving in all different directions. I noticed downed limbs of trees, folks battling with bad hair, car doors nearly coming unhinged and political signs for the upcoming mid-term elections getting shredded.
It occurred to me that when it comes to the heart, the stirring of the Holy Spirit can have similar affects. It comes on in strong, swirling, unexplainable gusts, just as today’s wind, begging me to lean into it.
I was sitting in church service just a few months ago, celebrating the fellow souls sitting in pews who had decided to take their adult plunge, and felt the tug. As Holy Spirit elevated my heartbeat, I knew He was indicating that it was my turn. I nudged my friend next to me and said, “I’m going to do this next time”. And here we are on the eve of my adult baptism.
I was born into a Catholic family and I’m so grateful that my mom and dad instructed the priest to put some baptismal water on my forehead as an infant. I believe that this non-autonomous ritual was one of the agents for growing me into the Jesus freak that I am today. Good enough, right? Trying to explain my decision to get a full submersion to confused family members proves a bit challenging. One and done is what they would confirm as all that’s necessary. Perhaps? Only God really knows the heart. No judgement if the drips of water on your face is all you need.
Thanks to Christian yoga I feel I want more! Doing this unique exercise has stretched me spiritually, physically and mentally. The journey of mindful moving meditation on a rubber mat rolled out on the floor has proved to increase my belief in God and what he calls me to. I've increased in my ability to hear his voice more clearly. In any given Frogpose Beginner Yoga Flow class there’s opportunity for each student to convene with Father, Son and Holy Spirit personally. It’s in these quiet moments of challenging physical poses, prayer and visual focus on Bible verses, that I believe we can hear His small powerful voice. It’s the practice of yoga, where I'm remaining silent that I am called to grow more into the likeness of Christ. I believe that regular Christian yoga has helped me to flow with how God's winds of change are blowing.
I’ve sat through, witnessed and read announcements of upcoming baptisms at my various churches for 54 years. For such a time is this, here goes! Diveboarding off the sprinkles on my forehead as a little one, I made the decision to get baptized as a personal choice; an outward expression of my commitment to Christ. 3-2-1-plug my nose and dunk!
If you are in a church service and feel that tug, let go of the rituals and take the plunge. Allow the Holy Spirit to blow you in his direction and see what the underwater experience does for your faith. This could be your time too!This Week: Join us for two opportunities to participate in a gentle flow of breath, moving meditation and a focus on God's word. Come to one or both!
1. Wednesday at noon - In person: 8330 W 80th Arvada Thank you Flatirons Dance and Revive The Bridge! for helping us find a new home. or online at Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
2. Thursday at 7pm: Red Rocks Church Arvada. Click here for details.
10/29/2022 1 Comment
Normally, I write my thoughts to the general J’ogi community as a whole. For some reason I felt prompted to offer a message to guys only. So, to all the men out there, this message is for you:
Do you want to see positive change in your walk with Jesus, break throughs in your personal issues, and improvements in your overall health: mental and physical? Let me say it plainly: you need F.R.O.G. Pose yoga!
I know you laugh, and think yoga is too girly, but the practice is as much for servant leaders as it is for the servant helpers. If not more so for the stronger vessel. There’s no other exercise, on the planet, besides yoga, that will help you in all areas of your life. Before 2020, a majority of our in-person students were men. These men offered themselves permission to leave ego at home and to commit to stretching and strength training with F.R.O.G. Pose yoga on a weekly basis. Why? Because they stepped out of monotonous gym routines, ear bud wearing, rat race work outs and found out for themselves just how valuable Christian yoga is to support their athleticism and overall health.
Each 60-minute F.R.O.G. Pose yoga class is met with deep breathing, intentional and sometimes challenging physical movement, prayer and bible verses. Men leave yoga classes standing taller and feeling ready to tackle the day. The strongest bodies with the most mindfulness towards life’s challenges, come out of yoga studios. There’s nothing more attractive to women than a man who’s integrating mind, body and soul, which gets fulfilled in a Christian yoga class.
Society needs you guys to come back to your mat, work out your salvation, your thoughts and your muscles, and into re-alignment with God. Life as a Christian is hard but especially for you who are the masculine heads of households and businesses. You may not know it but society is watching how you behave in the world. Do you blow your stack easily? Is your blood pressure elevated? Do you feel like you can’t shake the stresses carried on your shoulders? Is your mind racing uncontrollably? Yoga can help fix this.
A better question for man is how are you holding it all together without Christian yoga? Men, challenge yourselves. Show up this Wednesday and experience how it feels physically to grow in your walk with the LORD and your stature.
This week's class mental focus is on celebrating our true identity in God: making them both male and female. Join us for a gentle flow of breath, moving meditation and a focus on God's word.
In person: 8330 W 80th Arvada Wednesday at noon. Thank you Flatirons Dance and Revive The Bridge! for helping us find a new home.
or online at Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
My training as a yoga teacher has its origins in the hot and stinky world of Core Power. Classes start at 91 degrees F, all the way up to 105! The combination of sweat, hot breathing and hard working bodies is enough to make anyone gag! One of the pillars of yoga is cleanliness, and a vigorous hot class of stretching and strength building on a yoga mat can change that quickly. It's not too unlike the life of a Christian; turn up the heat and see how you smell?
I was relieved when my teacher Joy began to spray lavender essential oils. With a simple reflex of her finger, she changed the foul smell to something pleasing to the senses. Do you believe it’s possible for you, personally, to be that sort of change agent in your surroundings for Christ?
What comes to your mind when I say the phrase “fresh cut grass”. What comes to your heart when I say the phrase “grandmas perfume”. What comes up in your soul when I say the phrase “hold a baby or puppy close to your face”. Wouldn’t you agree that most of us would say “that is good”. John 12:3 says then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. I’m not sure what would be worse? The smell of wet hair and dirty feet or sitting on hands and doing nothing?
There are five basic human senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste. The sensing organs associated with each sense send information to the brain to help us understand and perceive God’s creation around us. Research published in the May 11, 2017, issue of the journal Science suggests that humans can discriminate among 1 trillion different odors.
Lisa Bevere, international inspirational Christian speaker, got my attention to how I smell. What I took away from what she was saying is that we have the power to enter a room and change the atmosphere to create a sweet aroma for Christ. So, if I enter a room and notice a foul odor, whether it’s gossip or slander or hurt feelings or argument, I can chose to use what I learn on my yoga mat and in the Bible to step away or be the change. I can use prayer, listening skills, deep breathing, open hearted, and open mindedness to "be the fabreeze".
I took it a step further to use this tactic on myself as an attitude adjuster. I was in an unfavorable mood and I used my diffuser to pump my favorite essential oils into the air. It seemed to work well. When I had a work task that I was dreading and I needed inspiration or I simply wanted to tantalize my senses I helped bring myself back around with my diffuser.
Do you smell baking bread…where is this coming from? Toucan Sam from the cereal commercial would say “follow your nose” to fruit loops. We can be the Christians God wants us to be by having the pleasing aroma which draws others to Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:15 - In Paul’s analogy, he separates people into two groups: those on the path of salvation and those on the road to destruction, but both as an aroma to God. The sweet aroma of life spread everywhere by the ministry of evangelism was the knowledge of God as victor. Christians who spread the gospel are members of God’s victorious army led by Jesus Christ. Both the victors and those perishing smell the aroma; however, it has a different meaning for the two groups. Joy of triumph for one and defeat, slavery, and death for the other.
Take our dear Polycarp of 168AD, martyred because he wouldn't deny Jesus to Caesar, where witnesses said that when we was burned on the fire, the flames flew high above his body, but miraculously he wasn't burned. Those who watched said "he was amidst in the fire, not as burning flesh but as gold and silver refined in a furnace. And we smelled such a sweet aroma as of incense or some other precious spice". What killed him was a roman soldiers sword piercing his side, flowing so much blood that it put out the fire.
So many instances and examples of how we can be the human diffuser: be the fabreeze!
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2)
May my prayer be like special perfume before You. May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening gift given on the altar in worship. (Psalm 141:2)
Join us for a gentle flow of breath, moving meditation and a focus on God's word at our new location: 8330 W 80th Ave, Arvada, CO 80005. Wednesday at noon in person and on Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
Thank you to Flatirons Dance for offering this lovely space. Come and enjoy a class. Suggested donation $10. Stay tuned as The Bridge continues to grow in partnerships for a healing local Arvada community.
A Land of Milk and Honey: No more wandering around in the desert!
I’m thrilled to make this big announce! F.R.O.G. Pose has found its new home and it feels like God has landed us right into the palm of his hand.
Starting this Wednesday at noon we’ll be offering class at 8330 W 80th Ave, Arvada, CO 80005, the over-flow of Flatirons Dance. We praise God for Jessica the owner’s generosity in providing a gorgeous room, complete with mirrors, natural light, AND HEAT! Truly, this space is perfect and to which we had been praying.
A few weeks ago I had reached out to Revive Church to inquire about partnering with the community outreach for their vision of The Bridge. I can’t wait to see how God uses the F.R.O.G. Pose ministry as The Bridge Community Center gets created. We are hopeful to support its mission by creating a healthier body of believers in the church and in the local Arvada area, through Christ centered yoga.
I’ll be writing more about the developments in the ministry and this new partnership in the weeks and months to come. Please continue to pray for God’s leading in the building of The Bridge and for continued blessings over Flatirons Dance.
See you at noon! Bring your mat, a water bottle and a friend. 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/ if you prefer virtual attendance.
Suggested donation $10.
It's been exactly one week since I drove away from the Emerald Mountain Lodge at YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park feeling filled with the goodness of God and tuckered out from all the fun.
Last night Kat and I chatted about the things that inspired us at The Great Adventure in Christ Christian Women's Retreat. We loved the bigger gathering space as it was twice the size of last year’s, hence we could set up for art therapy and yoga at the same time. It felt nice spending more time out of doors, enjoying God's creation, with the Bible Point hike and campfire s'mores. Hearing elk bugling and locking horns was commonplace and a unique treat. Seeing new friendships develop softened our hearts. What stuck both of us as number one was God's perfection in putting together our special sisterhood of leadership.
In His infinite wisdom God called Lorie, Denise, Kat and I to come together as the Sole to Soul Colorado team. From the calling he has given us purpose to Go! into the world as a collaboration of Christ-minded women, offering healing of body soul and spirit through inspirational day and weekend yoga retreats. Kat and I marveled at the way God continues to orchestrate our individual skill sets and mutual desire to serve the women throughout these events. None of the team views any of the others as power hungry, overbearing, controlling, lazy or difficult to work alongside. Where one of is lacking, the others step in with ease and grace. I am blessed to call these ladies true sisters in Christ: God knew what he was doing when he put us together!
The theme of our retreat was a journey into Jesus’ commission of going out and proclaiming the gospel. Our hope was to ignite and equip each attendee with the tools necessary to make disciples of every nation as a telling of our personal stories in light of sharing the gospel. Mark 16:15. With Kat's snappy tune to verse memorization, each of our 15 minute devotionals, 3 yoga classes with rotating teachers and unique modalities, art therapy and free time, the commission came to life in all of us.
As a thank you to everyone who attends each Sole to Soul Colorado event we offer a parting gift. This retreat’s present was a piece of jewelry we came to call “Go! Beads”, a long strand of natural colored stone beads with a tan tassel at the end.
Why are they called Go! Beads? It's a triune, 3-part meaning: 1. The metaphor for stones (the beads), as referenced in the Bible, signifies strength, steadiness and durability; 2. If your children ask you about the necklace (or anyone for that matter), give an account of how God does great things (Joshua 4:21-24) and; 3. Obey the Lord your God with the wearing of tassels (Numbers 15:37-21). The intention is to go into the world, adorning these beautiful stranded stones and tassle, being reminded to feel strong, steady and durable so as to overcome any fear of sharing the gospel to anyone with ears to hear.
If someone looks at the strand hanging around my shoulders and compliments them, asks where they came from or what they mean, I can reach and grab-hold the tassel, and reply “I’m glad you asked. Can I tell you my story?” Let the Go! Beads be the confidence booster to go and tell all about our love of Jesus and his saving grace to all who inquire.
Just as the crow reminded Dumbo of his ability to fly with a feather for his cap, if you weren't able to attend retreat, get yourself some Go! Beads to wear and share! In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus commissions us to "go and make disciples of every nation, baptizing them in the name of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit. Go and teach them to observe all I've commanded. And I'll be with you until the end of the age". Let your Go! Beads be your starting point and see how they can help draw others to having a faith in God.
2nd Tuesdays Red Rocks Sports class is changed to 2nd Thursdays at 7pm. Same room in the basement but you must enter the front doors now. Register here for this Thursday's class: https://redrockssports.com/yoga-2
Wednesday's Weekly class is still meeting at Veile Lake South Boulder at noon. So long as the weather holds..I hope you can join! Expect 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 Wednesday.
Stay tuned for more from Sole to Soul Colorado team events.
Wear and Share!
God will use your gifts to bring His Kingdom on earth.
Matthew 28:19-20: Go and make disciples of every nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Go and teach them to observe all I've commanded and I'll be with you to the end of the age.
What's your story? I'd love to hear from you.
I was not in the mood for the electric slide!
My mat was set in one place and then it wasn’t. I was in my groove and then I was off kilter. I pressed pause, re-centered my frog-green yoga mat, and drew myself back into a focused state of mind. I took a deep breath, pressed play and I began to practice again. Before much time had passed, I had gravitated to the left again! I stopped, moved myself to the right, and resumed. I was losing patience. It’s hard to stay at a place of peace when my underfoot world is moving against my will.
Joshua 1:7b: Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.
Ever wonder why your yoga mat wanders to one side or the other during your moving meditation? Perhaps one of your legs is longer than the other and it’s causing a slight rotation of the mat under foot. Are you right or left dominant, causing more pressure on one side of the mat than the other? Are you suffering from an injury on the left and favoring it with the right? Regardless of the cause, it’s a thing. Like the gradual shifts in life, all J’ogis suffer from mat shifting and there’s no judgement. Embrace the change and let it be!
During that online class, my trusty Manduka shifted a total of three times and I was ready to throw in the towel! But then I realized from what my issue was stemming. I had placed its rubber bottom onto an area rug that had no gripping abilities. What I would normally place my confidence and stability on, which is that wonderfully gummy pad, was actually more like attempting physical poses on shifting sand.
When are we ever in a mood for unwanted shifts in our lives? (If you’re like me, it’s never!)
Jesus gave us a clear understanding and expectation that our life would slip sideways. He said something to the tune: you will have troubles but take heart because I have overcome the world. His stability was in knowing that our heavenly father had a plan in the shift and when we read the Bible it demonstrates how Jesus lived that truth. We can too.
God’s stabilizing plan is not just for Jesus, but for all with faith in Him. To re-center and align with God’s will sometimes takes more than a deep breath and putting two hands on the edges of our problem to move life back into position. It takes perseverance, prayer and patience, the things we learn while participating in community yoga classes. Have the confidence that our solid ground is in a relationship with Jesus. Standing firm in his Word when things feel shaky underfoot allows us to better accept a small adjustment onto life’s path instead of pressing stop, throwing up our hands in disgust and walking out on ourselves and those around us.
When my class was over, I laughed at myself, feeling stronger and more connected to God as I had deepened the understanding of Him as my solid rock on which I stand. I was glad I didn’t give up. Whether your yoga mat of life is staying put or moving unexpectedly, know that God is there in the frustration, shoring you up on both sides. Have the confidence that He will see you through. Don’t give up the fight and stand firm, then.
Join us this month for Christian park yoga, Tuesday mornings at 9am and Wednesday's at noon, where the biggest yoga mat issues are going to be wet grass and the occasional pile of goose poop. Regardless, make the adjustment to the positive and join in.
By definition the word retreat is a verb meaning to move back or to withdraw.
When we talk about taking a retreat we are taking ourselves away from the everyday and giving a new perspective to our lives. Here are some examples. If you are a young mom, you might take a 2 minute retreat to the bathroom, lock the door and tell the kids that mommy needs her own time out. In that time you gather your composure and hopefully enough sanity to face the rest of the evening. If you in a tough spot in a relationship, you might take a retreat from the ordinary and spend quality time together on a picnic blanket and away from distractions. Sometimes all we need is a change of scenery to move into positive space.
By removing ourselves from what we know and the patterns that might be holding us down, God can make break throughs in our lives.
A Christian Yoga Retreat is where we take time away from life as we know it to rest, relax and reconnect with God and others.
Let's travel into The Great Adventure in Christ!
9/30/22-10/2/22, YMCA at the Rockies, Estes Park, CO
"Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation..."
Mark 16:15b ESV
This special weekend is designed to help us go deeper with God, body, soul, and spirit; through Jesus' Great Commission, Christian Yoga, Bible Study, Fellowship, Art, Hiking, Free-time, and Fun! We'll challenge and equip you to share the love of Christ, and plant seeds of faith with practical action steps. We have a purpose, He has a plan, and He promises to be with us always, to the very end of the age!
Receive $20 off the retreat fee when you refer a friend who has yet to attend a Sole To Soul Colorado retreat.
Registration is a two-step process:
-Payment for the retreat.
-Payment for lodging in Long's Peak Lodge.
Click on this link for more information to register and pay
Good Friday (HUH!), What Was it Good For?
These aren't the lyrics of Edwin Starr's famous song, War. One line in the song sings "They say we must fight to keep our freedom, But Lord knows there's got to be a better way, oh". And there is a better way: the cross on Calvary.
Holy Week or The Great Week as it's also called is the Superbowl for all Christians. It's the big game. The playbook was prewritten and as the last seconds leading up to Easter Sunday play out, we know Christ wins...even before the TV commentators. Fake news? I don't think so. I live because my Savior lives.
Jesus fought for our freedom. Jesus sustained extreme torture, more than a mere mortal could endure, had to carry his own cross in a state of complete physical brokenness, and was cruelly set to die on a cross, as a convict. What was his crime? Jesus was the original freedom fighter. He fought for freedom from religion, and for women's equality, for children and widows, for tax collectors, for you and for me. It is for freedom that Christ set us free (Galatians 5:1) If it hadn't been for the cross, life would feel like constant war, huh!
It was for the Glory of God and our good that on that dark Friday, our Savior suffered, died and was buried.
This freedom we come to enjoy is sweetest because we understand the gravity of the cross and it was Christ's death that needed to be paid in order for us to take the win. Good Friday is met with extreme sorrow and doesn't meet our earthly standard as something we see as good, but it means absolutely EVERYTHING for victory over death.
How we chose to look at our circumstance can sometimes be more about perspective and mindset than final outcome. Is it possible we need to endure the bad in order to get to the good ending of the game?
We can practice seeing things that don't feel good in the moment with a positive outcome in each Frogpose Christian yoga class . It's been said that a sustained physical injury usually resurfaces in Christian yoga before healing with a regular practice. For instance, in Half Pigeon, your hips, the area where we store emotions, may feel very tight and uncomfortable but not painful. The urge to come out of the long hold has more to do with pushing through to the end gain of having open hips than breathing through the discomfort. The choice to endure is ours and is as individual as there are snowflakes. Stay in the fight or try again another day? It's ok. Just don't give up because sometimes it takes 3 breaths, 3 tries, 3 classes, or 3 days in the tomb, to make life changes.
Like Diane said at the Stepping Toward Whole Health Day Retreat (video clip above), "I used to have bad hips and coming to Lorie's class has relieved me of the pain, even thought I don't consider myself very flexible." Don't let life get you down or give up pursuing that which is good and right, because I know God has victory ahead for you too. Mindfulness is everything in Christian yoga.
In class this week, we focus on Holy Week: balance the good and the bad of life to find wholeness of mind, body and spirit. We will incorporate prayer and bible verses with stretching on a yoga mat. Invite a friend, whether they are a seasoned yoga practitioner or just beginning, a Christian or not.
Here is your opportunity for Beginner Power Flow Yoga this week.
2nd T's: Tuesday 7pm at Red Rocks Church, Arvada. We will in the basement so park around back and come down the back stairs. Doors open at 6:30 so arrive early and get settled for a prompt start.
No Weekly Wednesday class at Harvest Today or Facebook live. Sorry.
God Bless and Enjoy this Week of Ups and Downs and Celebrate the Victory!
2/19/2022 0 Comments
I an thrilled to see all of you who are signing up for our upcoming day retreat. Any opportunity to spend time with this loving Christian yoga community, is purely my pleasure.
Sole To Soul Colorado, rooted in biblical truth, equips and aligns women in body, soul, and spirit through Christ-centered yoga classes and retreats, inspiring growth and abundant life. That's who we are: Kat Ackerman, Denise Stemple, Lorie Corrado and myself.
When the four of us get together to plan for events such as this, the time just flies by and the ease and joy at which we work together is so inspiring. I can't help but feel God's presence and the Holy Spirit activating. We are excited to offer a day of togetherness, yoga, a clean lunch demonstration, a light hike around the base of the Flatirons, and fun!
Be brave and sign up! We are praying for you.
Where: 88 Benthaven Place, Boulder (Clubhouse)
When: Saturday, April 9th from 9a - 3p
Cost: $55 includes yoga, lunch, keepsake mug, walk/hike, fun, recipes & study
Register Today: email SoleToSoulColorado@gmail.com to RSVP and receive registration and payment instructions
(Space is limited; Registration deadline is March 26, 2022)
Look forward to seeing you!
Sole to Soul Team,
Kat, Kate, Lorie and Denise
2/14/2022 0 Comments
Confession: I, Natural Kate, drive the people around me absolutely batty with my goofy ways!
As life would have it, I have gravitated to take up my environmental cross, in a unique area: my personal consumption of plastic. Yes, you read that correct. I see and feel the overuse of plastic all around me and I can’t help but want to fight it. To me, that which has become so typical as plastic laundry jugs, mattress bags, food containers, packing material inside packing material, and the list goes on, it sticks out like a sore thumb and feels very unnatural. This product, which I didn’t much notice until recently, is eating away at my sensibilities and hurts my heart for God’s creation.
I don’t intentionally put my burden onto other people, but since using plastics is something negative to me, by default it’s affecting change in those around me. If a friend reaches for the plastic straw, they glance at me for approval. “What?”, I shrug and shift my eyes. To use the implement for 30 seconds, just to dump it into the trash forever, isn’t for me, because I envision it sticking out of the nose of sea turtle that’s struggling for life. My friend just looks at it as a convenience. When those around me observe my refusal of most things plastic, it offers them room to pause and question. “What are my eating and buying habits and why?” How is my relationship with food glorifying God?
Guess what comes in plastic? Nearly everything. Pick up a box of breakfast cereal and the contents are bagged. Most boxes of food that I pick up off a shelf, at any given store, not only have a hideous list of ingredients, but have a hidden treasure of plastic inside. Go to the meat bins and nearly all the meat is packed in plastic, styrofoam, or cellophane. Need some rice or quinoa? It’s prepackaged in plastic bags. What about some soda for the big game? Plastic, plastic, plastic!
The unintended consequence of my not wanting to purchase food in plastic means that I eat REALLY clean. If I carry my own plastic bags to the produce section, the only items I can purchase are fresh. I can ask the meat department to wrap in paper instead of grabbing out of the bin. I can buy nearly everything including oils, spices, teas, snacks and shampoos in bulk, using my own containers. Guess what’s not in my grocery cart? Chips, individually wrapped candies and most junk food. Clean eating is ingredients in your food which you can read without needing a chemical engineering degree. It’s about consuming food the way nature delivered it, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life.
Everyone has a different reason for creating healthy eating and has their techniques that are inspiring those around them: diabetes, weight loss, keto, fasting, leaky gut, IBS, energy, illness, disease. The list goes on. If you live in community with family or friends, your commitment to being healthy will rub off on them, especially if you’re the one making the meals! Be the change that moves those around you to eat better. What is your idea of healthy eating and why?
Remember: You are NOT what you eat. You are who God made you to be, You are aware of whole health and learning how to glorify Him, even in your food choices. We enjoy the inheritance into the kingdom of light and we can feast.
The Sole to Soul Colorado team is busy preparing a healthful day in the Rocky Mountains for the community of women we’ve come to know as our Jesus Yogis. (J’ogis). I was so inspired in our last planning meeting, listening to Denise, Kat and Lorie tell of their food journeys and why God brought them to their places of clean eating and what that means to them in context of whole health. We all have a story to tell about how God is bending our ear towards glorifying him, even in our eating. It’s fun learning about whole health and how we can serve the temple of the Holy Spirit, our bodies better.