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.
When you walk through the door into a Frogpose donation-based yoga class, we prescribe you leave your shoes and the world's worries and struggles at the door for the duration of class. Use it as a healthy escape as our great physician does His work.
Once you arrive on your mat, you will experience relief from tension and daily stress through a series of sometimes challenging physical poses, intentional breath work, reciting Bible verses and listening to Christian music. It's a place where a mindful integration of God's word into the mind meets your moving meditation in your body. We are prayerfully expectant that God is healing every heart and body that shows up through its doors in a loving and non-judgmental community.
Shawn Johnson, Pastor of Red Rocks Church, posed this good question. Being honest, when the going gets tough, what's my go-to habit: binge watching TV, over-eating or drinking, retail therapy? He suggests getting back to the basics and putting an emphasis on worship music. What better place to self medicate than a yoga class dedicated to worship songs!
Join us this Wednesday at noon and we'll crank up the volume on our music and enjoy Shawn's top worship songs Spotify list to accompany our flow. Allow the lyrics and melody to wash over you like ocean waves. Soak up the sounds and perhaps the desire to grab your weighty cares on the way out the door departs as you leave.
Something special is happening on Wednesday, February 12th! We will be starting our yoga class with 10 minutes of inspiration, hearing from Anna Stoecklin, MS, OTR/L of Lotus Occupational Therapy and Yoga LLC, on the benefits and importance of positive mindset, clean nutrition, and safe beauty and personal care products. She will give us practical steps of daily self care and ideas for implementing simple healthy life shifts.
God is faithful to heal us from the inside out. My awareness of whole body health began in my heart when the Holy Spirit first took up residency. Over time my healing heart grew and pulsed green like Frogpose, resonating outward to the rest of my body. Now, it’s on my yoga mat where my heart meets spiritual health in a moving meditation on God’s word. Every day is a choice to be willing to grow, to become love and to practice self-care. Psalm 16:9 – I’m happy from the outside in, from the inside out, I’m firmly formed.
Join us Wednesday at noon for a fresh perspective about whole body health as Anna shares her amazing news and knowledge that transformed her life and the lives of thousands of others.
The 14th is our 2nd Tuesday’s Free Christian Yoga class at Red Rocks Sports, Arvada. 7pm. Our teacher is the amazing Lorie Corrado, of Thrive Health, with 60 minutes of healing yoga.
Calling all ladies! Retreat! The link to sign up is active!
Sole to Soul Women's Yoga Retreat was birthed to provide a fun and nurturing whole health retreat experience for women seeking to deepen their love for God and to help them reach the heights to which He has called. What makes our retreat different? We design a weekend get away for fostering transformation of body, soul, and spirit in a supportive environment. With Christ-centered, alignment-based-all-levels yoga classes, Biblical teaching, art therapy, and community it's the breakthrough all women deserve!
Feeling stuck in a current pattern? Come for refreshment in your soul and a break from the routine of life. Feeling alone? Bring a friend or we will connect you to new friendships. Take this opportunity to open new doors into your yoga practice and faith. Invest in yourself. Click here to sign up.
Hurry as Early Bird pricing of $199 ends March 2.
Join us this Wednesday for our regular Power Flow Beginners Yoga Class as we set our focus on our beauty as designed by God. 2900 Valmont Rd #F1 at noon!
It's official. 2020 has arrived. I spend some quiet time on New Years Day praising God for all he helped me accomplish this past year and asking him to help me see what's yet to be done in the new year. If you are anything like me, there's plenty on my todo list yet leftover from 2019. I began to get bogged down in my thoughts with a sense of missed opportunities and those silly emotions attached to "if I had only known today what I knew then and did something differently... it would have turned out better."
Once I realized the rabbit hole I had wandered into, I was able to capture my thoughts and rest in the fact of knowing the real truth. God promises that just as He is the master planner, even in my shortcomings, all things are working to His good and prosperous plan. (Jeremiah 29:11). I don't need to look back with regretful "what if's" because I can look forward to God's best "what's next."
In a Frogpose yoga class, during Mountain Pose, you will often here the verbal cue to set your gaze upward. In this moment, it's a wonderful opportunity to energetically take eyes off the problems and "if only's" and look to heaven. After a few breaths, the body, the mind and the spirit remember that temporal earthly things aren't our focus but rather a look to the hills is from where help comes. (Psalm 121:1)
With eyes on the prize, and pressing to what's ahead in 2020, I'm excited to see what God's going to do in the next year. You are invited to join our prayer at Frogpose which is to have more University of Colorado students coming to their mats on a regular basis. I'm not sure what that will look like but I know God does. Guaranteed there are young Boulder residents, practicing yoga, wanting a spiritual experience that isn't compromising their beliefs. And we want to reach them! I'm envisioning putting up posters, making connections with sorority houses, hitting up my pals at faith based campus ministries and more.
If you have any insight or desire to volunteer time and energy toward this effort, let me know.
With eyes on things to come, join us Wednesday at noon for our first Beginner Christian Flow class at noon. Same place, same channel: 2900 Valmont #F1, Boulder.
PS - Future Date to Save For: 1/14/19 Red Rocks Sports Christian Yoga 4/24-26 Women's Yoga Retreat
What joy we have in Christmas!
There's parties to attend, presents to buy, people to visit,and bacon-wrapped dates to eat. Plus, we have our traditions. Are you the type who's allowed to open one present on Christmas eve? Or perhaps it's your tradition to go ride over the rivers and through the woods to Grandmother's house? One tradition that I enjoy is taking a prayerful look at the abundance in my life and sitting down with my checkbook to determine which charities God's directing my funds towards. I take time to research mission statements and read up on how these organizations are reaching the lost so I can come alongside them financially. Some years my giving is minimal and some years it's plentiful. It's not the balance in my bank account that drives me to write the check, but rather the overflow of my heart.
At F.R.O.G.Pose we fully rely on God in our ability to serve the Boulder Community as a direct result of your prayers, volunteerism and charitable donations. In 2019 we offered 112 donation based Christian stretching classes and 336 students were met with scripture, Christian music, and prayer. At each 60 minute class we were faithfully and prayerfully expectant that God would heal each heart and life that came to a yoga mat.
When a student walks through the doors of a Frogpose yoga class he or she is met with the same joy and expectation as you would feel at Christmas: that they may accept God's gift! Because, regardless of their beliefs, all are welcome and all are loved. That soul just might experience the divine exchange of sin for salvation merely for showing up for a "free" yoga class. That's why we do what we do!
Here are what some people are saying about Frogpose:
"It's the highlight of my week" -MM
"Kate is an excellent instructor. It is so cool to hear Bible verses while practicing" -BL
"Went on Wednesday and it was amazing. My body can already feel God working in my mind, body, and soul.." -AD
Joel Belz of World News Group says "you want to support and be involved in organizations where the Bible determines both what people believe and how they behave." There are so many amazing non-profits to chose from and if you are looking for a God centered health care ministry that's committed to delivering Biblical truths, I invite you to support Frogpose with your precious year end giving. We would be very blessed to link arms with you as this unique Christian community continues to build one breath, one physical posture, and one body at a time.
$150 keeps the lights on for a month. $25 pays the instructors for a weekly class. Our overflow of funds is used for advertising on the internet and held in savings in hopes of reaching the point to own our own studio.
Click here to make your tax deductible donation to F.R.O.G Pose.
By God's grace we go into Christmas with a spirit of Peace, Hope, Love, Joy and thankfulness for those of you already committed to our cause.
God bless you!
The room was packed on Tuesday night! It was such an incredible gift to see God's people taking time for themselves in a healthful way. Imagine an entire room filled with men, women and children wanting to deepen their faith through the practice of Christian yoga. 42 is what we counted! And the best part is that our love offering for Hope House came to $177!
With the thoughtful guidance of our instructor and Christian Yoga Book Author, Denise Stemple, we moved through a series of challenging physical poses on our yoga mat and set our focus on the meaning of Christmas. Through the glow of candles on the floor in the shape of a cross, we were moved by meaningful bible verses, Christian songs and carols. At one point, many were singing along. I believe everyone in the room came away with a sense of deep Godly peace and comfort by simply showing up.
The Second Tuesday's 7pm Christian Yoga Class that we are offering at Red Rocks Church in Arvada is being enjoyed by a rotation of 4 instructors. Frogpose is thrilled to be a part of what God's doing in the Red Rocks Sport Ministry. Always at the core of this beautiful moving meditation of God's word is each teacher's commitment to the strict teachings of the Bible. We may approach the teacher's seat with a unique style of exercise but we stand firm on the foundation on the Good News of God. So, whether you are familiar with stretching on a yoga mat or have never tried it before, this is a wonderful place to start. All levels are welcomed.
Mark your calendars for our next evening class in Arvada, January 14, and every 2nd Tuesday after that. Can you make the healthy commitment to show up on your mats in 2020? We can't wait to see how God is going to stretch your mind, faith and body through 2nd Tuesday Classes this coming year.
Join us this and every Wednesday at noon for our weekly donation based Beginner Power Flow Class at 2900 Valmont Road, #F1, Boulder. This week's focus will be on God's generosity and the giving of good gifts. (there's not many shopping days until Christmas!)
James 1:17 - Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
The Holidays are officially upon us! This is a great time of year to enjoy Christian yoga classes where we, as a community, can focus on the reason for the season, Jesus' birthday. Get some needed Amen-time on your mat and get into a personal mindset for receiving the Christ. If you feel alone at this time of year, come to a class. If you want relief from the hustle and bustle of parties and family, come to a class. Frogpose Yoga, it does your body good.
Please join us for Wednesday's noon class at 2900 Valmont F1, Boulder and the 2T (2nd Tuesday of each month) 7pm class at Red Rocks Church, Arvada. All donations to class this week will benefit Hope House.
This Thanksgiving I'm enjoying the privilege of visiting friends and family in the mountains of Santa Cruz. Today's grey and rainy weather is welcomed by the locals after having months of hot and dry conditions. As this powerful atmospheric river marches up to meet the hills, I'm watching the tops of grand redwoods sway and move from side to side. I'm reminded of something I learned from my yoga teacher, "it's the most flexible trees that survive the strongest winds." Let's hope these big giants are in the same class of thought!
Yesterday we strolled Scott's beautiful property which rests in the company of trees. My soul feels at home when I'm in the forest because I sense God's presence there as the marriage of breath, wind and Holy Spirit. I get a heightened awareness of peace and freshness as it awakens all my senses. I bath in the forest as I smell the soft floor beneath my feet and my eyes gaze up sturdy tree trunks that support lively canopies. Our walk together reminds me of God's support for me. There's much I learn from God's creation as to how flexible I am in my daily life. Am I going to allow the ill winds blow me over or am I going to lean into God's strength and take a deep breath?
When I invite people to enjoy a donation based Frog Pose Christian yoga class I often hear the excuse that they claim fame to tight muscles, the inability to touch toes, and hence, are unable to participate. Being flexible in the body is not necessary in order to benefit from the effects of the class. All we ask is that you present yourself with a yoga mat, some water and a flexible mindset. You will be met with a teacher who will gently guide you through 60 minutes of a healthful moving meditation, which incorporates deep breathing, stretching, and hearing from God's word. Incorporating this practice into your regular exercise routine will not only be an encouragement to your faith but it will undoubtedly increase flexibility in your muscles and ligaments. The flexibility will come as you grow in strength.
Come as you are to Frog Pose Yoga this Wednesday at noon, even if you don't feel flexible enough.
Matthew 12:8 - ...I prefer a flexible heart to an inflexible ritual... ~ the message
Have you ever spent a weekend skiing in Steamboat and enjoying its famous deep Champagne powder? There's nothing more thrilling than dropping into a snow laden forest to realize the awesomeness of God's beauty. Get me off a groomed run not only in pursuit of a series of fresh tracks, but to feel my simple LOVE for the forest. And, the rule of tree skiing is to always go with friend; use the buddy system for support and safety.
Before I sold real estate, I pursued Environmental Conservation. I'll admit it. I am a tree-hugger at heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, forest bathing, is the mindful taking in of the sights, smells and sounds of the trees to reduce the overactive modern brain. Two studies have shown that the forest reduces cortisol, the stress hormone, and reduces blood pressure and increases the protein adiponectin, which helps regulate blood sugar levels. There's knowledge to gain by putting yourself in the middle of some trees.
One of the most beautiful yoga poses that we take as a community in Frog Pose Yoga is the Tree Pose. Individually, we come to our mats with our unique shapes, strengths and struggles. Collectively we rise in solidarity as a mighty forest as we enjoy the benefits of balancing on one foot, an opening of the hips, and lengthening of the spine.
Are you the righteous oak, the cedar of Lebanon, a fruit baring tree and still trying to find your forest? Just like with tree skiing, don't go it alone! Please plug into our loving non-judgmental community at Frog Pose Yoga. Join us any Wednesday at noon for a beginner power flow class and establish new roots!
Genesis 2:9 - The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground - trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good an evil.
Join us for our Wednesday noon class as a time of thanksgiving.
From all of us at Frogpose yoga, we say thank you! Thanks for your support, prayers and generosity throughout the year. We couldn't do it without you and for that we are truly grateful. As God continues to build our healthful, heart-first community, we are blessed beyond measure. Keep up the good work and keep on stretching! As we look to 2020 we want to keep our clear vision on the prize: to build a God centered community of healthy warriors for Christ, on and off our yoga mats.