Two weeks ago I returned from a most carefree trip to the beaches of Costa Rica. Five fruit trees had been planted in the yard and in a matter of just 12 months they were already producing plantain bunches. One night we had a very Disney-esque-Tiki Room experience as the winds picked up, lightning thundered and big rains fell. The storming and strong breezes were a little scary and I knew I was safe. I contemplated the delicate new trees: waving in the wind was necessary to drive the tree roots deeper: "it's the most flexible trees that survive the strongest winds." Let's hope I don't develop tree roots for feet!
My soul feels at home when I'm basking in the shade of beach trees because I sense God's presence in the marriage of ocean wave sounds, breezes, all together with Holy Spirit. I get a heightened awareness of freshness as it awakens all my senses to a juxtaposition between the peace of the moment and perceived COVID strife in the rest of the world. I bath in the sun as I smell the salt water and my eyes gaze up sturdy tree trunks that support lively canopies and shade. 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 and drive my roots deeper?
I invite you to to help shore up your flexibility with two opportunities for a 60 beginner gentle flow yoga class. One in person, Tuesday Night (2nd T's) 7-8pm in Arvada and our Wednesday noon Facebook live class. I often hear responses to an invitation to their mat that is " too tight of muscles or the inability to touch toes" as a reason to not participate.
Being flexible in the body is not a requirement to benefiting from the effects of the class.
Simply show up with a flexible mindset, yoga mat, some water and a mask. Your guide will gently guide you through a healthful moving meditation, incorporating deep breathing, stretching, and bible verses from God's word. Adding 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 either class, even if you don't feel flexible enough.
Tuesday: 6:45 doors open. Red Rocks Church, Arvada. Park in back and come around to the basement. Bring warm clothes in case it's cooler. Register at https://redrockssports.com/yoga
Wednesday: 12pm Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.-Matthew 5:16
Sole to Soul Colorado, comprised of Lorie, Denise, Kat and I, has been producing a weekly YouTube series to inspire and bring balance to the areas in our lives that have become skewed over the last 9 months. Every Monday we release a short video to help encourage viewers to take new, forward steps as life continues in COVID. Rather than allowing ourselves to remain chugging along in the lane of the mundane, we are pressing the gas pedal onto bigger and better things. Our hope is to stretch each other and to find growth amidst what feels like a stifling time.
If you are anything like me, I’m experiencing all kinds of imbalance: eating lots of junk foods, watching endless TV shows, relying more heavily on substances or taking things out on those around me. As an adult I’ve worked hard at breaking down barriers between me and my fellow man. And just like that, I fall into a season of keeping to myself, staying at a distance and watching those walls go back up.
Well, guess what? “We don’t have to keep doing what we’ve been doing.”
One of the best ways I’ve found to draw myself out of a funk is to help someone in need. It takes the focus off of me and allows the Holy Spirit to pour into someone else. There’s something about serving someone other than myself that gets me in a better head space while moving me closer to Jesus.
Our challenge for you this week is to volunteer yourself as you serve in some capacity. What better way to find balance in your own life than to give-back. Some suggestions could be making food for your neighbor, volunteering at church, out-serving your spouse or roommate, or writing a letter of encouragement to someone with whom you’ve lost touch.
The non-profit ministry, Boulder Pregnancy Resource Center, that’s near and dear to my heart, is having a Top Golf fundraising event on Feb 13. Perhaps doing something like this inspires you. Linking arms with a ministry helps improve the local community, lends for a sense of belonging with like-minded people, and helps in making new friends too. Ministry work is hard but also VERY rewarding. As Christians we get to see the E-ROI, eternal return on investment: the physical AND spiritual reward.
2021 has a bright future and together we can do things differently than we did in 2020.
Join us for a gentle flow of breath, moving meditation and a focus on God's word Wednesday at noon. Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ is where you will find us.
And so is the balance of life in Costa Rica. Pura Vida, they say. Pure Life!Hello Froggers,
I wake to the sound of birds singing their welcoming song of a new day. My ears are attuned to the billow of the waves that continually roll without ceasing. Like clockwork, at that perfect moment, the tide switches from coming in to going out. It rises and falls every 12 hours or so, with such a perfect balance that, perhaps, only the avid surfer might notice. You might argue for low tide so as to explore the little creatures caught in the warm tidepools of water, yet I feel the zeal of diving into waves.
The sun is dawning, illuminating the leaves of the mango tree, signaling for local sloth to settle into her nocturnal rest, just as I set my feet on the floor to begin anew. Each morning I check the tree to see if she’s still there. I now understand why the sloth is related to the word slow. She doesn’t go very far. She maintains a very low metabolism, eating low-energy leaves and hence has deliberate movements to conserve energy. She’s so slow that green algae grows in her hair which provides the perfect camouflage, blending her into the bark of the tree.
The perspective of looking up at the sloth from under the canopy of the tree is a juxtaposition by the work of the ants under our feet. Kat can attest to their speed of jumping into action. Standing bare foot in the grass looking up at the sloth and being instantly ambushed by the tiny nibbling on her toes, is enough to have us both running for the hose bib to gain sweet relief. Those pesky little ants are SPIRITED to say the least!
Proverbs 6:6-11 points out that those of us who live sloth-like lives afford to gain wisdom by considering the ways of the ant. The ant is a mover and shaker, a gatherer and storer of provisions. Noting, if I slow down too much, poverty and scarcity will come on me like a thief…biting at my ankles, so to speak.
Just as this week’s bible verse explains, we approach a power flow on the yoga mat, with similar intention. We attempt to strike a balance in the mind between the slow and methodical and intensity in our postures. How is this possible? We invoke controlled breathing. Verbal cuing inhalations and exhalations (Intentional breath) helps slow down the mind and allows the body to continue pushing through sometimes challenging poses. We allow the breath to flow over us like the ocean waves giving us the ferver we need to push through the hard stuff.
Join us on Wednesday at no for our weekly F.R.O.G. Pose Beginner Flow as we focus on the attribute of our faith which is increased zeal without slothfulness. Get challenged as we try some balancing poses on both our hands and our feet. We will use the breath of the Almighty to give us life and a fervent spirit. Let’s be inspired by our friends the sloth and ant to find that sweet spot of action from inaction.
If you haven’t looked up Sole to Soul Colorado on YouTube, feel free to do so and subscribe. This month we are utilizing the platform to help each other in the process of balance. Weekly tips will inspire and bring you into a deeper connection with God while helping you grow in this season of COVID complacency.
2nd T’s Christian Yoga is this week also. 7pm, live or in person at Red Rocks Church, Arvada. Sign up at Red Rocks Sports dot com.
See you on your mats!
Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ is where you will find us Wednesday at noon. Starting this week you can also find it live YouTube at the Frog Pose Yoga Channel.
In addition to our regular weekly frogpose yoga class, join me and my friends, Lorie, Denise, and Kat (the Sole to Soul Colorado team) at the beginning of each week in the coming year to find encouragement, to be challenged, and to add balance, flexibility, and strength to all aspects of your life in body, soul, and spirit on Youtube.
You don’t have to keep doing what you’ve been doing.
YOU, can do new things in 2021!
2020 has been a year for the record books--not really the good kind of records. While Lorie had plenty of blessings—her son’s engagement, sale of business, health, more time with kids home, a beach vacation, rental house renovation, etc, she had some not so great COVID moments of self-doubt, fear, alcohol intake, borderline depression, weight gain, murmuring, feeling stuck and disconnected. As she reflected on this past year as she entered the new one, a new season, a new lockdown – she was inspired by the burning desire to do things differently.
“I don’t have to keep doing what I’ve been doing,” she said.
Without the distraction of as much entertainment such as sporting events, concerts, and eating out, she found a way to be intentional about positive ways to emerge from the current state of the lockdown for the better: in body, soul, and spirit. Lorie’s story is relatable and we feel similarly.
What a privilege it is that she brought her idea to life through Sole to Soul Colorado’s - Balance Anew 2021. Lorie, Denise, Kat and I have formed a plan to help each other make positive forward movement by linking arms as like-minded accountability partners. We want to include you. In community, we can do this better!
Launching in January, we plan to focus on one aspect of whole health each month, by offering ideas, tips, challenges, and Scripture. We may not have all the answers but whether you struggled a lot or a little during 2020, we have the opportunity, together, to improve, grow and bear fruit in this new season.
Won’t you join us in forming new healthy habits? You don’t have to keep doing what you’ve been doing.
Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ is where you will find us Wednesday for our first Frogpose Gentle Flow of 2021.
Email us at SoleToSoulColorado@gmail.com for more details on Balance Anew 2021 details.
Hello World, There's a Song That We're Singin!
You gotta love the Partridge Family! Do you remember the name of the song to go with those opening lyrics? "Come on, get happy". It's one of the songs in my Spotify "Happiest Girl in the World" play list that I play when I need a pick-me-up. When I'm feeling down, and I have the self controlled forethought to do something positive for myself, I put on my special tunes. It helps to turn my frown upside down as I dance like no one is watching and sing like no one is listening....good thing too!
Some of you have a higher propensity for inner happiness than others. And some of us need a little extra oomf to get us there. Either way, happiness and health go hand and hand.
If you think about it, we don't have to go far to see God's reminder to us of his goodness. Creation is an easy place to start. Witness a sunrise and notice how much lighter you feel as darkness is chased away. What about the Word? We find His love notes that were written for our hearts on the pages of the Bible. It's basically one big love letter, breathed by the God of the universe, to reveal his adoration for us: that helps me feel true happiness. Find joy in His word.
Matthew Chapter 5 talks about a prescription to happiness or blessedness. Verse 1: Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. How can anyone feel blessed when in bad spirits? Chris pointed out to me recently (which I think is so brilliant) that the blessing isn't in the meekness, mourning or hardship but rather what's coming in the future. In the moment things might seem dire, but, give it some time, and chances are it will all work out. Just as our faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we can't see, namely eternity. We work out our salvation and take a step in a positive direction.
At F.R.O.G. Pose yoga we merge that which we know to be true, the word of God, and the love we feel in our hearts for ourselves and Jesus, and integrate it into our inner beings, the temple of the Holy Spirit. Through intentional breath, physical postures on a yoga mat and mental focus on God's truths, we work out the areas in our hour, day, or lives that need a pick-up. Each class marries mind, body and soul into a positive emotional state of health and connection to God, which helps us to feel better about ourselves and the world around us.
There won't be a live class on Wednesday at noon, but rather I offer this Half Hour Happy Flow to you now, so you'll have it when you need a boost at any time this week! If the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping gets you down, if work begins to burden you, of if you just need a little happy oomf, take 30 minutes and get on your mat:
One might argue that the best time for a flowing sequence of sometimes challenging postures is before sunrise and on an empty stomach. With God's compassions arriving each day with Dayspring, it makes perfect sense for that day's reset. But, let's face it, some mornings, I just don't feel like it. Some days, weeks, and these recent months have taken it out of me and I lack the physical band width. Being quiet and still before God is a refreshing meditative alternative. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.
Silent meditation is a unique form of prayer where I allow myself to get lost in the arms of my Savior. It's a structured attempt at becoming aware of and reflecting upon new revelations God has impressed upon me. It differs from vocal prayer, the audible dialogue I have with God, which I hear God in church, with friends and alone. It differs from contemplative prayer where I seek to “see God for who he is and all his attributes and character”. An example is contemplation his Goodness in creation as I bring it into awareness with a simple breath prayer, “Oh God, thank you for giving me the opportunity to see your gorgeous sunrise."
Quiet meditation is my literal renewing of my mind. The word meditation comes from the Latin word meditārī, which has a range of meanings including to reflect on, to study and to practice. It's the process where I deliberately focus on a specific Bible passage and reflect on its meaning in the context of God and his awesome character. Christian meditation aims to heighten my personal relationship with the Almighty, rooted in my love of God, which marks Christian communion. Simply put, Christian meditation is just another form of my prayer life but with more structure, used to increase my head knowledge of Christ.
Beginner Tips for Good Meditation: Romans 12:2 - Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will.
Starting yesterday Colorado went back into the red safety zone. We are facing a temporary time period that’s difficult for someone like me, the socialite: no dining in, no retail therapy, bars closed and last call at 8pm! Talk about stepping on the brakes and feeling deflated… it’s hard to stand up straight as local community and businesses are being crippled around me. I hang onto hope in the knowledge that God is going to straighten out our human condition.
Do you ever feel like you can’t get upright because life is beating you down?
An inability to be upright can stem from a whole host of things including emotional or physical trauma. Maybe it was something that was done to you which wasn’t under your control, such as a spine damaging accident. Some of us are born with back issues and some will grow into them, like scoliosis or osteoporosis. Depression or insecurity in our soul can cause us to hang our head down and cause our shoulders and back to protectively cave in around the heart, thus creating poor posture.
Each week we have the opportunity to work out the kinks in our lives in the 60 minute Frogpose yoga class. If you suffer from injury or limitation to mobility, especially with your spine, always consult a doctor before exercising. There is a misconception that yoga is a way to rehabilitate current injuries. It’s not. Yet, I have had, and encourage students suffering from limitations, to come to class simply to lay on the mat and bathe in the room where healthy bodies around them are taking class. Like a tuning fork, the unhealthy body wants to resonate with the healthy. God loves us too much to leave us where we are at.
Mountain pose it a great posture for tuning-up the spine. To get into the pose, place feet together, root down into creation, and stand up. Stack knees over ankles, hips over knees, shoulders over hips and ears over shoulders. On a deep inhalation, reach your hands in the air like Godly antenna. Stay for a few breaths. Flow the arms down with an exhale and repeat. Send your intention to God’s promises, praise Him for it and notice as the spine elongates heavenward.
Join us Wednesday at noon as we focus breath, movement and prayer on God’s ability to straighten us out.
Hello Froggers!The beaches of Mexico are where I find great peace and confidence in my soul. Some prefer sitting by the pool but I enjoy hearing ocean waves and feeling the healing salt water of the beach on my skin. Any sandy beach heals me on all levels. Yet, my FOMO of poolside activities and striking a balance with friends draws me to both beach and pool.
Yesterday, I observed an innocent toddler standing at the edge of the resort pool, confidently holding arms out to the parent because she heard the words “I’ll catch you”. Rather than jumping in with both feet, the little one cautiously stepped into the water. To my shock and disappointment, dad didn’t catch her as he said he would, and instead intentionally allowed her to drop below the water surface. It wasn’t long before he dredged her into his arms and explained it was some kind of sink or swim learning experience. My heart ached for their relationship knowing that she was receiving a costly education on how NOT to trust!
I now understood why she didn’t take a big leap of faith into her father’s arms. In her short life, she has grown accustomed to dad’s inability to be there for her when things are hard and scary.
In order to be trustworthy, we need to demonstrate to those around us a character of reliability, faithfulness and dependability. Let your yes be a yes and your no be a no. (Matthew 5:27). Do what you say you are going to do and show up for others. Thankfully, Father God always does what he says he will and is who he says he is: our ever trusting and loving Abba Father.
At F.R.O.G.pose yoga we learn to trust in our bodies as we grow in physical and spiritual strength. Like that little girl, you may have been taught by others in trusting positions or even falsely taught yourself, limiting notions about your muscles, tendons, bones and ligaments ability to support you. Often I hear someone say, “oh yoga, I could never do that! I’m not strong enough or flexible enough or or ...”. The good news is that all of us start as babies. The difference is that babies instinctually and without thinking crave pure spiritual milk while adults have a choice to grow out of insecurity and into salvation and strength. (1 Peter 2:20). It’s in our weakness God proves he’s the heavy lifter and worthy of our trust. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Sometimes life, failing relationships, grief or injury has a way of draining us of self confidence. Join us on your yoga mat this week and take into your mind, heart and soul the truths of God as being trustworthy. We will pray, focus on Bible verses and build confidence in the body through a 60 minute moving meditation. Together we can overcome our great struggle to trust our bodies and to jump in, where ever we are at, by allowing God to show up and keep us from drowning!
Two opportunities for growth:
1. In-Person Christian Yoga is back at the
Tuesday, November 10 @ 7 p.m.
You MUST rsvp for class with an email to Denise by clicking here. We are limited to 15 students to keep socially distant. You will also be required to wear a mask for practice, just like live church currently. *The class will be recorded and a link will be posted on the RRC Sports Facebook page later in the week for those who don't attend in person.
2. Wednesday at noon at Facebook live at Frogpose Yoga. https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
And Wednesday at noon
I sat on my beach chair, comparing myself with the other bikini bearers. Sizing myself against others is always a dangerous place to sit. “I wish I were bigger there and smaller here with less wrinkles when I do this and more muscles when I do that. I don’t need much, just a little lift here and there.” You know the dialogue?
Do you ever find yourself going down a similar rabbit hole of feeling not good enough, not pretty enough or not worthy enough? Pity parties can spiral out of control and I need tools to turn my thinking around before thoughts become destructive. If I’m mindful, I can lift my eyes and thinking to the higher places God wants for me. In a moment I remember his word and promises and I get an instant facelift. I look to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of Heaven and Earth! (Psalm 121) He causes His face to shine upon me! (Numbers 6:25). My beauty is based on my heart not my looks (1 Peter 3:4).
Turning negative thoughts around isn’t easy and it’s this daily practice of stretching my mind and body on a yoga mat that helps when I need it to snap me into positive muscle memory. I am able to turn my thinking around with a gentle self -love mental Half-Way Lift. It’s not the full nip and tuck, but just enough to bring me back to the reality which is: God made us perfect the way we are. (Hebrews 10:10)
What is Half Way Lift? It’s the conjunction junction of yoga poses: to be used for bringing other poses together, while creating a beautiful lifeline to the spine. Use it to cultivate energy and opening yourself to a balanced heart and mind in daily life! When done with proper alignment, Half Way Lift elongates the spine and tones the muscles wrapping around the sides of the abs. When the body is engaged in a flowing moving mediation, cueing one breath to one pose, where some of them are twisting poses (Extended Side Angle or Reverse Warrior), to connect the poses with a Half Way Lift gives the spine a refreshing and lifting reset.
To get into the pose:
-From Standing Forward Fold
-Place feet together, toes to touch and make space between the ankles.
-Using strength along the back-body, draw belly up and into the ribcage and place palms firmly on thighs or shins.
-With a long, straight spine, lift torso up, with less than 90 degree angle at the hips.
-Notice the work necessary to press your tailbone back while pulling your chest forward (bend your knees if you are feeling stiff or have lower back issues).
-Take 3 deep breaths and bring your attention to God’s ability to stretch your faith in bringing heart and mind into balance.
-Feel the opening in the back of the legs.
I like the feeling of mentally smoothing out my spine by engaging triceps, reaching crown of head up and forward and tailbone backward. Some might argue that a small arch in the lower back makes for better alignment. See what feels best in your body. God made each of our bodies unique and to compare or do what everyone else is doing isn’t being true to who you are. Love your body and celebrate individuality!
See you in class this week as we focus on this and other poses while celebrating the God of Miracles! Join us for a gentle flow of breath, moving meditation and a focus on God's word. Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ is where you will find us Wednesday at noon.
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Mondays Zoom Yoga, Space for Change 9:30a-10:30a,
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we skip the 2nd Wednesday of every month due to community meetings. See you the following week, 10/21, 10/28, & 11/4.Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7p-8p live on Facebook. Sponsored by RedRocksSports.
Holy Yoga with Betsy, 4:30p, the 3rd Sunday of the month,
10/18, 11/15, & 12/20. Family In Christ Community Church,
11355 Sheridan Blvd, Westminster.
Holy Yoga with Robin, Lakewood, and WillowSprings area.
Hola Froggers,What is it about eating chips and salsa down in Mexico that taste so good? I think each day this past week was met with a healthy pile of those deliciously thick, salty crunch of corn dipped in a heaping tomato jalapeno medley. The ocean waves sounding in my ears, warm sun on my skin, friendly locals offering smiles and much-needed break from the heaviness of news reports, was the food my soul needed.
Before I left the country, I could sense my soul fatigue. I was feeling less inclined to pick the phone to call a friend, less desire to spend time in the Word and in prayer, unmotivated, and more interested in sleep over serving. I got a good laugh out of Mike Myers in Wayne’s World when he thought he had mono, but actually discovered he was just bored.
COVID has put me into a place of complacency and I refuse to remain stuck. What can I do in this moment that will bring my soul back to life? What negative TV shows am I to eliminate? What bible verses can I memorize that spark joy in my heart? What foods can I eat that help me feel better? How can I get back to regular exercise? I am observing people around me allowing the fear of death to outweigh their love of life. Like Paul in Acts 14:21, I want to be encouraging those around me to remain true to the faith, but how can I do that if I, myself, am soul-drained?
Soul care includes feeding into it with diligence! With the soul being the seat of my desires, I find the best way to get back in touch with those desires is to press restart. Start over as many times as I need to, is my motto. Since taking a trip to the sandy beaches of Mexico isn’t always an option, what better way to help my soul than with a Christian yoga flow.
At FROGPOSE beginner flow yoga I allow myself the space and attention to my soul that it needs. I approach the mat with anticipation knowing the words of God from the Bible, enlisting the Breath of the Almighty into my lungs and stretching ligaments, tendons and muscle will open me to hearing truth from God. Using one breath to movement gets me from a place of feeling stuck and stationary, to one that’s fluid and teachable, where I can fully integrate movement with meditation. It prepares my mind, body and soul for all God has set before me. Christian stretching on a yoga mat helps remind me of who God is, what he’s done and what He’s promised to do. The 60-minute practice stirs my soul like no other.
If your soul is suffering, step into God’s power and stir your desires! Make some chips and salsa, curl up with the book you’ve been wanting to read, get out and help someone in need or take a yoga class. Don’t be bored. Rise above, arriba!
Tuesday night 7:30pm https://www.facebook.com/events/2030821293727723
Wednesday at noon. https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to social distance brunch with my lifelong local friends, one of them dating all the way back to 7th grade. Southern Hills was still the mighty Spartans! It was fun to reminisce while catching up on all that’s new in our adult worlds.
As I offered a promo sticker to everyone , it came into conversation as to what F.R.O.G. Pose logo signifies. I explained that the notion I wanted to convey with color, image and font is a triune approach to the redemptive qualities of Jesus. The girls wanted to know how I came to choosing this frog and why. Like most things “ministry”, I feel Holy Spirit moved in and through logo design and continues to mold all that happens at frogpose.org.
“The frog? I call her Rahab”, I said.
Rahab is one of those bad girls of the Bible that everyone can appreciate. Only the God of creation would use an unlikely candidate, such as a harlot, to further His kingdom. She had heard and believed in the power of God and even in her pathetic profession, she was used for God’s good. Her creative use of hiding Joshua’s men, quick thinking, ability to use her voice in speaking up for protection of herself and family, spelled eternal victory for herself, the Israelites and myself, even to today! “Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her. (Joshua 2:14)
Jill wondered if the word rehabilitation had anything to do with Rahab. I loved this idea. One of my life verses has been Lamantations 3:19-24 because the words remind me that even though my afflictions, wandering, bitterness and the gall are the bad choices that drive a wedge between God and me, they are STILL used for his perfect plan. I praise Him knowing he turns my mistakes into His good. A complete “rahab-ilitation”.
What you see in the logo is funky yoga pants to signify her colorful past. Hands at payer center indicate her reverence and commitment to communicating with God. She flows through life heart first as indicated by her shirt, with her eyes focused upward on the prize of eternity, and not her circumstances. She finds her sense of boundaries on her mat of a lily pad.
The next time you feel down as result of worldy choices, find your inner Rahab the frog: F fully R rely O on G God! Jesus came to save us now, in the same way Joshua saved Rahab from the falling walls around her. Jesus lives so that we may live life abundantly, in the present and without regret. He is using you in all you do.
Join us Wednesday at noon for facebook live for a special ocean flow 60 min
Get Outside and Move!Change is in the air! Can you feel it? I can. Cool evenings and mornings together with early sunsets indicates fall is coming! (Sure, it snowed but, that was jumping the gun a bit, and won't count that).
I enjoyed some travel over the last couple of months and noticed a shift in my body, going from action to in-action, from loosely fitting jeans to contemplating buying bigger ones. As wonderful and amazing it is to visit family and new places, the sitting in planes trains and automobiles, eating fried foods, and drinking more alcohol helped me arrive at a place of inactivity. It's in these last few weeks, I recognize laziness in movement and complacency towards clean eating setting in.
Moving the body is the best way to help prime the engine for healthfulness. Fake it til you make it, is my motto. Even if it's a short walk around the block, know it's important to start somewhere. What did I do to get out of my rut? We enjoyed the perfect jump start back into forward motion with a full day hike around Mount Rainier, WA. God's beautiful creation was enough to take my mind off the fact that I was gasping for air and working my muscles.
Note to self: when it comes to taking care of my temple of the Holy Spirit, I need a daily practice of stretching to ease me back to spiritual health. To allow myself time to focus on God's word, using controlled breathing and embracing physically challenging poses on my yoga mat, draws me back on the straighter path. My challenge in the next couple weeks is to get back into daily yoga. Pre- dawn is best, if I can get there. Join me if you feel inclined to take up this daily practice and let's encourage each other, ok?
Romans 12:1 - And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. -NLT
On @frogposeyoga Facebook Live, you will find free online classes that you can take anytime and anywhere you have good wi-fi. Please take full advantage of this as a resource to stepping into a daily practice of Christian Yoga.
With cold weather on the horizon, can I encourage you to find a spot out of doors to get the full effect of the last of summer? Do what feels good in your schedule and timing and bring your practice outside.
Join us Wednesday on Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ forour weekly Frogpose Yoga Beginner Yoga. We only have 3 more social distancing Tuesday morning park classes left. Join us in person at Thundercloud Park in Arvada from 9am-10am. Stay tuned for Red Rocks Sports 2nd Tuesday's 7pm monthly classes going into fall.
Ephesians 1:13-14 – “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”
In any given F.R.O.G.pose Beginner Flow class, we meditate on God’s word by reciting Bible verses, praying and practicing mindfulness. The key to fully integrating our mental awareness of God into the entire body is through taking physical postures on our yoga mats; some postures bring the body into a fully resting prostrate, face down position. It’s here we take full advantage of massaging the forehead into the mat, your hands or block. What is the benefit to bringing awareness to and fostering openness in the area just above and between the eyes?
Some make reference to this area as the “God Spot”, heralded as our connection to the Holy Spirit. There’s plenty that God has to say about this area in the body.
The tiny area in the scull, behind the brow, contains the Pineal Gland, which some believe is the place on the body where we make our intellectual connection to God. The Greek word for forehead is metopon. Science shows the primary function of the Pineal Gland is to produce melatonin which works in concert with light sensitive nerve cells in the retina to detect light to help synchronize our day-night cycle. The Pineal Gland can calcify from fluoride intake and in keeping it protected and flowing clears away confusion, uncertainty, cynicism, and pessimism.
I infer that forward- facing poses, such as Child’s Pose, Runner’s Lunge, and Sleeping Pigeon allow us to mindfully connect with the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, as we gently press the front of our head onto something and roll it from side to side. These restorative poses are our return path to God as we work to expand awareness and gain Godly wisdom through this area of the forehead.
Join us in class this week as we practice bringing health to our God Spots. 2nd T's Tuesday evening at 7:30 with Red Rocks Sports and Wednesday at noon on Facebook Live
If it's snowing or cold Tuesday morn at 9 check https://www.facebook.com/rrcsports/ for cancellation.
Other Yoga Happenings:
Wednesdays, at The Grange, 72nd & Simms
9/2, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, (We skip the 2nd Wed of every month due to community meetings, 9/9, 10/14, 11/11)
Sign up is required due to Covid-19 indoor restrictions; please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, Thnx!
Holy Yoga with Betsy Smith
3rd Sunday of the month at 4:30p, outside, or spread out in the Activity Room depending on the weather. 9/20, 10/18, 11/15, and 12/20. email@example.com
Donation to the church is appreciated.
Mondays: Holy Yoga with Robin Ottersteter, Lakewood. 8/31-6:30p, no class Labor Day
9/14, 9/21, & 9/28 at 6p due to an earlier sunset. RSVP at least 12 hours before attending so she can plan accordingly and save you a spot. firstname.lastname@example.org
$25/3 or $10/1
Fridays: Holy Yoga with Robin, 8a-9a, Willowsprings area. RSVP at least 12 hours before attending so she can plan accordingly and save you a spot. email@example.com
$25/3 or $10/1
We were sitting on the blanket, listening to live music, chatting about the universe and everything. We were feeling grateful for the opportunity to gather outdoor, taking in the beauty around us, and somehow landed on the notion that life in COVID seems lacking in good intention. We were both desiring a need for greater kingdom focus in our daily living. How would you define intention, I asked: “attaining growth.” Admittedly, I’ve lost the habit of seeking ways to share Jesus with others, whether it be serving in ministry, offering invitations to church or tithing.
Webster defines intention as a thing intended, an aim or plan, or the healing process of a wound. This resonated with me in terms of how I approach my yoga mat. In Frogpose Yoga we speak about mindfulness and applying a positive intention at the beginning of each 60-minute class. Normally we set our focus on an inspiring attribute of God or some revealed Biblical truth, as to marry our head and heart knowledge with the physical body. It’s this intentional approach to the practice that I believe heals and grows the heart first and the body second. Christian yoga integrates mind, heart and spirit to bring about holistic healing from the hurts of life. Each physical pose challenges us to find out what’s holding us back from going deeper.
If the fear of muscles quivering or a negative mental block saying “I can’t do this” pose comes up, we put our mind’s eye on our original intention and invoke the intention breath of the Almighty to keep us steadfast. The refocus of the mind to the intention is our encouragement to stay in the fight of keeping the pose. As the Christian warriors that we are, we practice building strength in the Lord on the mat so we can take the head knowledge out into the world around us.
Let us not give up on doing good each day and set our intentions on the things above.
Join us this week for Tuesday 8:30 am Park Yoga and Wednesday at noon on Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
How often do you have doubts;
doubts about your relationships, your work, your future, your past? I can go to a place of despair and fear if I allow myself to dwell in these thoughts too long. In these current uncertain COVID19 times it would seem as if doubt creeps in more often than not. The way I’ve been able to combat this mindset is by learning to recognize it when it happens and to consciously doubt my doubts. It may sound strange but turn the doubts into doubts somehow diminishes a negative affect. A literal turning upside down of the thoughts seems to make it right.
In Frogpose Yoga we form physical poses in the body which allow our entire being to observe, be open, accept and recognize many of our feelings including doubt. Certain poses turn our sights upside down, lending a change in perspective. Using scripture from the Bible and deep breathing, we begin to make little shifts of change towards believing God’s truth, not our feelings, lending a way towards confidence and healing. Mindfulness of the word of God anchors us more deeply in the present moment.
Wide Leg Forward Fold is one of those poses that help us to change negative thoughts on its head. Not only does it offer countermovement to sports training, like running and biking, by offering a deep hamstring and calf stretch, but the inversion tones the internal organs. A deep release and introspective pose such as this one quiets and soothes the nervous system and the mind. With eyes wide open, we notice the world is temporarily upside down, and that’s o.k. We know God is turning all things right side up, for his good, and we find peace knowing heaven is our future. To accept our doubts in life is much like understanding the feeling of being upside down in the pose only lasts for a few deep breaths.
Ideally Wide Leg Forward Fold moves us towards resting the crown of the head on the earth. It anchors our minds and keeps us steadfast on all we know to be true: God loves us too much to leave us where we are at. He’s for us and is with us, even when things seem upside down.
Turn your doubts on their head and join us this week for both yoga in the park and our regularly scheduled Wednesday noon. (Tuesday at 8:30am, Thundercloud park. Due to a delay in school we have decided to continue park yoga until 8/25) And of course, Wednesday at noon, is on Facebook live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
It came up twice this week in conversation: “I just don’t know how to pray about this." This? We all know what the “this is.” This time to end. This pandemic to be eradicated. This current situation to turn rainbows and unicorns again. For some, being steadfast in prayer is old habit as you’ve been praying for something to change, it’s taking a long time and you’ve earned the patience. For others of us, who are used to working businesses and making households run when we say so, this is bringing up fear, anxiety, short tempers and fed up!
Kat and I came to the conclusion, that we simply need to go back to the basics and pray that we can keep our eyes on the prize of Jesus.
Short and sweet, people.
Pray for healing.
Pray for your family.
Pray for patience.
Pray in all things and keep your eye on our heavenly home.
Join us this week for a gentle flow that brings us back to the heart of prayer. Tuesday morning at 8:30am Thundercloud Park, Arvada. Wednesday at noon @frogposeyoga facebook live. https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
My portable evaporative cooler is working overtime to combat this 90 degree Colorado heat. I tried this refreshing hip tip: put a few drops of my favorite Doterra essential oils in the reservoir and transformed my swampy living room into a field of flowers!
My heart felt a heavy weight this past week as cases and masks increased. I had hoped life would feel more free and "normal" by now. Then the dental office said they require a 21 day quarantine after air travel, my car’s air conditioner went out, and as I spent the evening on my deck observing the neighbors across the street fighting loudly enough to demand two police cars, I had reached my boiling point. I grabbed a cold slice of melon from the fridge and took some deep breaths.
I cried out to God to be relieved of these recent flames of life! In His faithfulness, He gave me the word “refreshment”. The word swirled around in my mind and gave my heart some needed relief. Yes, I need to be extinguished! Can you also use some refreshment?
When I need refreshment I make an appointment with my yoga mat. I roll it out, set my tunes on praise and worship music and yoke with God using intentional breathing, yoga poses and prayer. Stretching is part of the process as is increasing internal heat with challenging physical postures. It doesn't take long before I begin to feel my flesh and bones getting refreshed.
At a Frogpose Yoga class, the first 50 of the 60 minutes is devoted to turning up the heat in the body, to burn off dross and bring out the gold in our life for Christ. We spend the last 10 minutes in the much needed cool down or surrender series of poses: seated forward fold, happy baby, supine twist, corpse pose and easy pose. As in life, when things get heated up, we need to take the necessary actions to cool down.
Join us this week for 2 classes and learn how God refreshes us:
IN person social distance park yoga, Tuesday 8:30am Thundercloud Park, Arvada
Wednesday at Noon, Facebook live
Feeling heated? Hit the mat or eat some refreshing summer watermelon!
Nothing feels more freeing than coming together this time of year, as one nation under God. We were under the bondage of England and thankfully, now we’re not. Our republic enjoys the same knowing and respecting of freedom as our response to what Jesus Christ demonstrated on the cross. It is for freedom that Christ set us free! With great power comes great responsibility. My freedom from the oppression and sin, isn’t something I take for granted and gives me reason to appreciate the fanfare and fireworks of a 4th of July party!
Isaiah 30:29 -And you will sing
as on the night you celebrate a holy festival;
your hearts will rejoice
as when people playing pipes go up
to the mountain of the Lord,
to the Rock of Israel.
We have two summer celebration classes this week. Wednesday at noon on Facebook live and a weekly safe social distancing park yoga at Thundercloud Park in Arvada (next to the Red Rocks Church Campus). Come to the park and enjoy an hour of stretching on your yoga mat and praising God for all He does for us and continues to do. July 7 through August 14, we will be rotating teachers, bringing to the practice a new twist on commemorating God’s goodness and faithfulness. Come with your own yoga mat, water bottle, sunscreen and a celebratory heart. We will supply the healthful moving meditation, Christian music, Bible verses and prayer.
Our four instructors inlcude Niki Sparks, Denise Stemple of Space for Change
, Lorie Corrado of Whole Health and Yoga
and Kate Paulin, founder Frogpose Yoga.
Let freedom ring!
Do you have a favorite board game? With all this sheltering-in-time on our hands, I’ve learned some new ones like Zaytzee and pulled out some childhood favorites too. The game I most enjoy is Clue, the mystery game, with the box claiming it requires its players to have the skill of deduction. By the end of the game, players draw conclusions based on evidence revealed during play. Similar to life experiences, we draw on inference of particular instances by reference to a general law or principle to make choices and educated guesses. One of the biggest challenges in my walk as a Christian has been comprehending the mystery of heeding God’s Holy Spirit.
The Bible reminds that the Holy Spirit is my personal teacher, guide, comforter and the one who intervenes on behalf of me, if only I can listen in.... I deduce that I’m more than just a character in a board game of chance. Before I was born, He knew all I’d become and accomplish. Like the layers of an onion, God established me in that secret place: my human spirit, layered in my soul and covered by my body, with all its benefits and disadvantages. He knew I would need a helper as this life would require more of me than what I could handle and so He gave me the Holy Spirit as an override. His Holy Spirit seals me with a promise of a bounty of fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.
Ephesians 1:13 says and you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. God offers this for all of us! There’s nothing we can do that keeps us from the love of Christ. If you confess with your lips and believe in your heart that Jesus was raised from the dead, you too can enjoy the fruit of the Holy Spirit in all that life throws you.
A Frogpose donation-based yoga class begins by inviting the Holy Spirit into the practice through quieting in Child’s Pose posture. The Holy Spirit is so gentle and loving that by offering our body in this prostrate posture, we can mindfully let go of adult worries and struggles and change into little children (Matthew 18:2-4). From this childlike invitation, we move into a heated moving meditation where God can mold us to be more like him. The Holy Spirit frees us from needing to rely on ourselves to integrate body, soul and human spirit.
Do you need comfort, interceding, teaching or guiding of the Holy Spirit? Tap into His knowledge this week on Wednesday at noon here: https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
and you will experience relief from tension and daily stress through a series of sometimes challenging physical poses, intentional breath work, reciting Bible verses and prayer. Come to this place of mindful integration of God's word and moving meditation in your body. We are prayerfully expectant that God is healing every heart and body that shows up to their mats, in this loving and non-judgmental community.
Here’s the Holy Spirit’s mystery clue for you: God did it on Calvary, with a cross, because He loves you! Believe it and live it!
Father's Day is here too! It's a great day to do yoga with your Dad, a friend or your friend's Dad. Make the most of the longest day of the year with a moving meditation.
Join us this week on Wednesday at noon for Facebook Live
for a 60 minute Beginner Flow class, using controlled breath, physical postures and a look at what the Bible says about our Father in Heaven. Hope to see you there! https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
Other classes to enjoy:
Space for Change Yoga
Tuesday online Zoom Class through June
& Wednesday at The Grange.
$25/3 classes or $10/1,
Yoga in the Park Tuesdays in July, stay tuned for more details.
Please email Betsy Smith at
for Holy Yoga Zoom links to Sundays outside, Tues/Thurs evenings, Wed/Fri mornings with Betsy, Naomi, Meg, Colleen & Sat mornings with Amy!
Someone recently asked me what is that God taught me during the COVID19 pandemic. Aside from the idea of wanting to apply an ongoing, conscience slow down and savoring of moments in everyday life, I had an emotional shift of going from a place of fear to peace. Early in my safer at home location of isolation, I experienced one of those dark nights of the soul that forever changed my life. I was overcome with a feeling of abandonment when it occurred to me that a virus could overtake me in my solitude. Suddenly, nothing mattered to me but my relationship with Jesus. And in His faithfulness, I was reminded that He will never leave me nor forsake me and that Jesus is preparing a place for me where he’s going to come and take me when it’s ready. It will be in his perfect timing and according to the book of life. The image of my physicality being grafted to the bark of The Vine flooded my mind with a confident assurance forever more.
Everyone’s experience was different and offered us signs for growth opportunity. Where did God nudge you in this time of change? Personal growth is the ongoing process of understanding and developing oneself in order to achieve one's fullest potential. Personal development is a vital part in a person's growth, maturity, success and happiness. It is the foundation of emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual health. God heats up our lives to change and purify us. It burns off dross and brings out the GOLD!
As the logo suggests, Frogpose yoga is a place where you may feel challenged and stretched, not just in the physical but in the spiritual and emotional. We approach the 60-minute gentle flow with a prayerful, Biblical and mindful practice of invoking the Holy Spirit to integrate a whole-body experience. The controlled breath of the Almighty gives us life as we bind all we know to be true in God’s word and the feelings we have in our heart with a series of sometimes physically challenging postures on the yoga mat. We are prayerful that with each breath, movement and positive intention, God is healing us and moving us to a place of deeper understanding of his eternal plan for our lives. We drive Godly principles into our inner being through movement.
After class, walk away with the feelings of being stronger, taller and changed for the better.
Join us this week as we stretch ourselves spiritually. Wednesday at noon on Facebook live.
Get Outside and Enjoy!This week is exciting as I just learned we can gather in parks with under 50 participants. Which means, we can begin our real, together in community, Summer in the Park Yoga series on July 7 at 7pm! Wahoooo. As protocols seem to change rapidly and without notice in this season, how can we embrace them with openness? For me, I've tried to keep with my morning routine of starting my day in prayer. How are you handling it?
I invite you to practice your moving meditation anytime you feel unease during this season. Enjoy the comfort and safety of your yoga mat from home or under a shade tree. I have grown in my faith and practice by enjoying quiet time in my back fenced area. When COVID started, there was snow on the ground. Now, it's sprung into a gorgeous green and flowered park! I love how God turns all things for His good.
Our 2nd Tuesdays Red Rocks Sports class is here for you to enjoy now or at 7pm Tuesday. Please enjoy this 50-minute recording of class brought to you by Niki, Denise, Lorie, and myself. Just click the live link above anytime. Can I encourage you to find a spot out of doors to get the full effect? Do what feels good in your schedule and timing.
Wednesday's class has been changed to Friday at noon. I hope you can join! We will be talking about Seasons of Life and how God helps us through challenging and beautiful changes! Join us for a gentle flow of breath, moving meditation and a focus on God's word. Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ is where you will find us always and at noon on Friday.
Stay tuned for July park yoga details!
What is the most recognizable symbol in the world? You guessed it; the Christian cross, the instrument of Jesus’ crucifixion. Early Christians refused to use it as a symbol because it depicted God’s son’s death as the gruesome and horrific means of execution that it is. By the 4th Century the cross symbol was adopted as iconic and remains as such to today. I wear a cross daily. It reminds me of my identity in Christ and gives me strength to endure what might come my way.
I recently described Frogpose Yoga as a moving meditation on God’s word, likened to a game of charades. Through a themed study of bible verses, controlled breathing and prayer we allow the word of God to infiltrate to our deepest parts or inner spirit. We use a series of sometimes challenging physical poses which allow our bodies to take actual form of that themed divine truth. In a game of charades, we act out the words in hopes that those who see us, pick up on the meaning. On our yoga mat, we allow our physical bodies to take form the shape of an attribute of God to help deepen our understanding of Him. This whole-body integration or muscle memory that we gain in each pose is what we can take out of class and into the world as a reflection of our faith.
Side Cross Pose is a physically demanding pose that build strength in the entire side body, including wrists, arms, shoulders, oblique core, legs and feet. From a high plank position, roll onto the knife edge of your bottom foot, and reach one hand to heaven. Align shoulder over wrist, stack or stagger the other foot and imagine being pressed between two panes of glass. (You can always drop down to the bottom knee for stability.) Hold for 3 honest breaths. Try it on both sides.
The benefits of pressing into this humbling pose include improving concentration, balance and strength. Unlike charades, the cross is serious and a game changer! Because of one sacrifice, he has made perfect those who he is being made holy. (Hebrews 10:14). To take the symbol of the cross is a gentle reminder of the extreme sacrifice and ultimate sign of strength to our faith, in how our Savior endured the cross at Calvary. It’s in the struggle that we build courage and can reach for higher heights.
Join us this week as we practice a gentle beginner flow that incorporates Side Cross Pose. Invite a friend or two by sending them this email or sharing on social media. See you Wednesday at noon on Facebook live. https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
1 Peter 1:22: Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.
Whole health wellness is multi-facetted. It’s not just our consumption of healthy food that heals our soul. It also involves combining two more truths; that which we know in our minds, the Word of God, and that which we feel in our hearts, the love of Jesus and His creation around us. How do we allow this maturity of health to settle deep into our tissue and inner being? F.R.O.G Pose Yoga: a practice and sequence of challenging physical poses that create a mindful moving meditation on our yoga mat. Each God inspired 60-minute class offers cued breath work, prayer, Bible verses and a gentle stretching of your spirituality. Whether you have a regular yoga practice or just starting out, all are welcome. From your yoga mat, you'll often hear the teacher remind you to take organic movements, meaning, do what feels right for you.
I’ve always had a deep connection to the awesomeness and inexplicable nature of life and God’s beautiful creation. It was out of a close connection to the earth and back woods of CT that birthed my love for frogs and toads. There was a time in my life when God inspired me to dream about running a farm to help house, ground and give purpose to single moms while living in a community of faith, support and working the soil. My ignorance of knowing how to actually toil in the dirt and hearing a different calling, brought me to a ministry offering Christian stretching on a yoga mat instead.
This weekend, I’m thrilled to get a Wisconsin farm education that’s helped grow my faith. There’s something about witnessing the intention and diligence of a generational organic farm, the love of God and respect for His provisions that are humbling and inspirational.
As I sipped pure warm milk that I had just gathered I asked Kat “are they white with black or black with white spots”? We laughed at the silly notion and came to the conclusion that the line blur between the markings for dairy cows are as varied as their personalities. These Organic Valley cows are happy because they eat healthy, grazing in green pastures as they are cared for like any other member of the family. With only a handful of the 11 remaining farms in this township maintaining organic standards, it’s hard work and definitely worth it! To take a sobering drive past the non-organic dairy farms with their giant storehouses of cows who never see the light of day, knowing are sequestered inside a small space for all their days, gives me pause to think about our familiar experiences in COVID-19 quarantines. Taking organic movement is healthy for all of God's creatures.
How do you choose to nourish your temple of the Holy Spirit? When you shop, do you prefer to purchase organic? Buying organic is a stretch. Some might argue that it doesn’t matter, but I feel as if eating animals and plants derived of natural means tastes better and offers the nutrition my body needs. I believe the cost to my body of eating non-organic might be greater than the difference I’ll pay at the checkout stand, and I’m o.k. with that.
What we take into our bodies matters. What we feed our mind matters. Self-care and listening to what your body needs makes all the difference. Be healthy and live life with an organic intention to feel better. This week’s class we will seek God’s wisdom in our bodies as it relates to good nutrition, in particular milk. Come at noon on Wednesday to learn what is beneficial and helpful for building you up! Facebook live.