Life sure has its fair share of ups and downs. Coming out of the incredible high from Sole to Soul Women's Christian Yoga Retreat to the low of a massive computer glitch gives me that reminder that life needs to be taken in stride. We take the good cracks with the bad and "Continue on, Christian Soldier".
I feel so terrible... please forgive me if you got many many emails from me at 4:30pm Friday. I just signed-up the non-profit in an awareness campaign and this first attempt was a bit of a disaster. I'm working with my go-to guy from the platform to get it FIXED ASAP! So sorry, really. I pray this never happens again. I'm hopeful that the ministry will grow with the help of computers and not the opposite!
On a positive note, those of you that had the opportunity to join the Sole to Soul Team, Kat, Lorie, Denise and I, I want to personally thank you from the bottom of my heart for pouring yourselves into the weekend. God showed up (big time!) and reading your valuable response forms has painted a picture in my mind that is Beautiful by God's Design! Truly, looking back on the perfect weather, the mountain setting, how lives were changed, and the time and energy that each of us put into the weekend, proves it was all God's doing! I praise Him for all his goodness. Thank you Sole to Soul Colorado for the generous donation to the ministry through allowing F.R.O.G. Pose to participate in the event!
For those of you that weren't able to attend, we missed you. Mark your calendars though as it looks like 9/30-102/2022 is on our Sole to Soul Calendar for another great weekend get away. Details later!
My big take away was seeing the transformation that took place over the weekend. Friday night we were a room of 30 unrelated women that didn't really know each other and emerged as a new formed family and sisterhood in Christ. By the time Sunday's sendoff happened, I could see each of our personalities shining through cracked pots, literally. It was as if fears of coming to an event where we might feel like an outsider and any mask of pretend that we hide behind was removed and we could relax in our unique personalities God created in us. We pray that the new friendships you made and the old friendships you fostered will grow deeper and that you'll stay connected now that we're back to battling reality and computer issues!
Hope to see you in person at Harvest Today 7290 W 120th Broomfield at noon on Wednesday and broadcasted on Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
Have you ever tried putting some ground nutmeg and cinnamon in your dry coffee grinds? When the hot water trickles through, it creates that punkin’ spice smell and tasty yumminess that I love about fall. Tapping into the senses can bring me to a place and time that nourishes my soul. When I can’t change my circumstances, I can apply something simple, like fresh spices in my cooking, as an act of self-care.
To help myself takes some thought or mindfulness.
Kat, Lorie, Denise and I, the Sole to Soul Colorado team, had a teaching discussion at our Beautiful by Design Women’s Christian Yoga Retreat regarding the sick man at the healing pools (John 5: 1-9). My ah ha moment was that the man walked away having been physically healed by Jesus! No water, no nothing: he didn’t even need faith. He merely had the mental wherewithal to take Jesus’ command to pick up his mat and go for a hike. How did I miss this part of the story? All these years I’ve been focused on the man’s excuse and not his will. After 38 years of trying to get into the stirred water in the correct order, the seemingly terminally ill man was able to use the bandwidth between his ears to take Jesus seriously. Sometimes our minds need to override feelings or personal history to get us moving forward again.
In the unfolding of learning more about this exercise we call “yoke” (ie: Christian yoga), I find the branches of Jesus’ tree of life reach broader and stronger than imaginable. The entanglements of the human condition that hold us in chains to the unimaginable become believable if we’re willing to reach for this 5th branch of mindfulness.
What is mindfulness? It’s the notion that we approach each practice on our yoga mat as the unique and specialized individual that God has made us to be. There’s no comparison of self or others. Each of us come to the mat with our to-do lists, regrets, work and relational demands, abilities and inabilities and that’s ok. Give yourself permission to exercise the brain by laying the worldly issues aside, to flood the mind with truth and convene with God in freedom. Our cracks and weaknesses are made whole and strong with each breath, connected yoga pose and prayer. When the mind is focused on God’s word, His truths and his commands, the rest of the world can temporarily melt away as we work out the issues in our tissues.
If you don’t have time for a yoga class, might I suggest trying meditating on God’s word. Quiet meditation is also a great way to get your mind in alignment with God. When the seasons change, doing a 5 senses meditation while sitting in the midst of God’s creation is very healing.
Consider bringing yourself to a secluded place where you can tap into all the senses. Set your timer for 5 minutes. Sit in a comfortable upright position and begin to take deep breaths. Elevate your grey matter on God (choose an attribute of God, such as Creator (Elohim) or a Bible verse that’s speaking to you)
Join us this week for in person class:
Tuesday 7-8pm Red Rocks Church Arvada
Wednesday 12-1pm at Harvest Today (7905 W 120th Broomfield) broadcasted on facebook live:
Where our focus is, there we go.
We were taking our bikes for a little spin around Lake Dillon, when I noticed Chris turning his gaze to the right, and before he knew it, he was off the bike path and coming to a screeching halt; just in time to miss the jagged rocky damn below. A slight turn of the head, caused an adjustment to the shoulders, which turned the handle bars and the next thing he knew, he was moments from a potential wipe out. One time, while I was driving my car, I rear ended someone because I briefly took my eyes off the road, to look at a car for sale in the passing parking lot, just to discover too late that the car in front of me was stopping! Oops. We all can relate to moments in life like this where we wished we had dulled distractions and kept our “eyes on the road and hands upon the wheel” (Thank you, The Doors).
In unpacking the J’ogi’s Path to Freedom with the help of Jesus, our Tree of Life, I come to the 4th principle for practice: Focusing Concentration.
Whether you are beginning to practice Christian yoga, or are a seasoned veteran, our faith and yoga path is continually on a path of learning and growing, like the limbs of a tree. A seed is planted, nurtured, and pruned in the hopes of getting so big that even the birds can find a home in the branches (Matthew 13:32). To climb into the limbs of Jesus, our Tree of life, frees us from the limits we place on ourselves and the areas in life that keep us stuck. The work on our mat helps us to develop seeing with the eyes freeing us from being overrun with the senses.
Yoga isn’t just another form of exercise but rather it’s a place where the physical body integrates the mental and spiritual. The work we do on our yoga mat is very personal and isn’t about competing with the person next to us. We approach our mat being present, not perfect, where we are looking inside ourselves and not comparing with self or others. The path of growth in strength and flexibility is as individual as there are snowflakes. Remembering that everyone is in a process and to divert focus inward and on personal growth will set the mind free from distractions. Comparison is a killer and glancing over to your neighbor’s abilities can negatively affect your stability on your own mat.
In the Bible, there's 478 verses that speak to the eyes: they are the lamp to the body (Matthew 6:22), seeing is equated to blessedness (Matthew 13:16), keep the eyes forward, and not to the left or to the right (Proverbs 4:27), keep straining towards what’s ahead helps free us from our past and offers hope for the future (Philippians 3:13), a plank in our own eye is hard to see and admit (Matthew 7:3), just to name a few.
What does it mean to embody these truths about eyes? We can take what we learn about God’s word on spiritual focus and apply it to the work on our mat. To fine tune how we use our eyes plays a role in our success in practicing yoga. Most yoga classes include verbal cues or suggestions from your instructor at to where you are to set the eyes for different poses. Some poses include shutting the eyelids, some have an upward gaze, while others include staring down. Our eyes are the windows to the soul and it just might matters what we give them the opportunity to see.
Specifically, balancing poses require a laser focus of keeping the eyes fixed on one, unmoving point, such as a spot on the floor or wall. With this locked in gaze, the world tends to melt away. There’s less wobbling and a greater probability for success in holding the pose. If we take our eyes off that spot, and allow the eyes to wander, it can cause a disruption in the ability to stay balanced resulting in falling out of the pose.
Jesus is our unmoving spot. You feel off balance? What are you focusing on? What are you allowing to penetrate? Take time to inventory what you are allowing your eyes to bring into focus. After Peter bravely stepped out of the boat he took his gaze off Jesus and onto the water's surface and that's when Peter began to sense that he was sinking. The object in our practice is to take that which we learn on the mat, into our daily lives. Practice looking up at heaven and notice how your worldly circumstances begin to dullen. Expect to grow in your faith as you embrace this principle of focusing concentration.
Join us for a gentle flow of breath, moving meditation and all eyes on God's word this week. We have graciously been offered a place to hold class on Wednesday at noon: 7905 W 120th, Broomfield, inside Harvest Today. Bring your mat and a water bottle. Also on Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
You may be surprised to learn that I had one of the best times of my life working alongside Kat, Denise and Lorie as we hosted Rise Up Beautiful 2019 at Breckenridge. Putting together that weekend gathering was a collaboration of God’s genius when each of us said “yes” to the commitment. It took many hours of preparation and hard work and a lot of faith that God would provide, all while each of us was working other jobs and managing families. Prayerfully we crafted something extraordinary and creative. A retreat like none other. The privilege was all mine, serving in this capacity, and allowed me to witness the joy and growth of the attendees in a way I never expected. Greater than that, and much to my surprise, even I was moved towards a deeper loving relationship with God, my body and friends in the process! Not to mention, with Kat as a roommate, I laughed a lot (we’re talking A LOT!) Please read the testimonials.
You might say I’m a bit biased because I’ve experienced a Sole to Soul Colorado Women’s Retreat with Yoga first hand. But everything I’m saying is SO true! It was truly a moving experience on many levels!
I’ve been inviting as many lovely women as I can to join “Beautiful By Design” this fall. Admittedly, it’s hard for me to put myself out there with an invitation. A “no” feels like rejection. But, because the blueprint for what I know could or would happen with a yes answer, I continue to ask. Wil you join us October 1-3 2021 in Estes Park, YMCA of the Rockies for “Beautiful by Design”?
In classic David Letterman-style I’ll work backwards with what I’ve been hearing:
#5. “I Can’t Afford It” – It is important to keep with a budget and in these odd COVID times, money might be tight. A weekend like this, which includes 2 nights stay, all your meals, the full program, with art therapy and yoga: some would say could be worth $2500. Dare to compare. I think one of the reasons registrations is filling up is because this weekend starts at $352. To break it down in a year, that’s less than $1 a day. You almost can’t afford to not sign up!
#4. “I’m not flexible/fit enough” – Everyone is on their own path to health. There is no judgement at retreat for where each of us is at in our journey. With comparison being a killer, all we ask is that our lady participants to be present, not perfect. We aren’t going to be doing yoga around the clock so consider this a time of kinesthetic or experiential learning. We will learn as we move.
#3. “I’m too busy” – Life tends to pull us in all kinds of directions. Taking a break from life is necessary. Sometimes we ignore the need to disengage from our routines because we think it will just add to the problem. What research shows is that a mini vacation improves mental health, prevents heart disease, makes you happy in the planning, improves relationships and creativity and productivity. Beautiful by Design will be a time for self-repair, reflection and rejuvenation. Your choice to join us isn’t about time management but rather self-management.
#2. “I’m afraid” – Can you name It? Where is it coming from? Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of not knowing anyone? Feelings are real and fear is a big deterrent to forward progress in life. Winning Olympic athletes learn to detect fear and shift it back to winning mindsets. When fear knocks at your door, send faith to answer it. John 14:27 – Peace I leave you, my peace I give you (says Jesus). I do not give to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
#1. “I need to clean my fishbowl” – Dog ate the homework? Ok. What’s really holding you back?
Because I am confident that being a part of the fun will make a positive change in your current circumstance or life situation I ask again, “will you join us this fall?” As the Sole to Soul Colorado team is praying for you and the weekend, we are thrilled to see how God is going to use Beautiful by Design to a master piece out of all of us. Put yourself first. You are worth investing in. Don't let
an excuse get in the way of your personal growth.
This week, Red Rocks Sports Tuesday morning yoga is at 8:30am in Thundercloud Park.
Wednesday is our regular F.R.O.G. Pose 60 minute gentle flow in person at Holiday Park, North Boulder and on Facebook live.
As I continue to make my way up the tree of life from my j'ogi perspective, I arrive at #3, how to use breath. You can read the last few blogs to catch up on branches 1 and 2. My faith and yoga path can be viewed like a vector that has a start point as a new-bie that extends up and out and into eternity, learning and branching out as I go. My yoga mat and Jesus disentangle me from the worries, fears and worldly problems that keep me in bondage. It’s a physical knowing which takes me from a place of stagnation to one of challenging personal growth and true freedom. (Galatians 5:1) Freedom on the mat allows me to extend more love off the mat.
At Frogpose we fully integrate mind, body and soul by forming physical postures on a 24x68 inch piece of foam rolled out on the floor- aka a yoga mat. It's called a moving meditation on the word of God through the lens of the Holy Bible, while sprinkling prayer throughout. How do we do this? First, we approach the mat with mindfulness, meaning we exchange our momentary distractions of living in the world for 60 minutes of presence with the Lord. Secondarily and arguably the most important, is we use controlled breathing.
The reason we even have breath is because God made it so. Right in the beginning, after creating man from some dirt, The Bible says that God breathed the breath of life into the man's nostrils and he became a living being. With God's intentional breath in us, we are alive and thriving! (Genesis 2:7) It frees us to enjoy any activity under the son.
I've written on the subject quite a bit because it's worth noting and it's another demonstration as to how Christian yoga differs from other physical exercise. In yoga we practice something called controlled or voluntary breathing. The breath is one of the body's functions that can occur with and without our will. When we sleep and go about our day most of us have healthy lung function that fills and empties air without work, involuntarily. Also, when we involve our mind and intention we can control the depth, speed and quality of breaths, voluntarily.
A gentle flow Christian yoga instructor uses verbal breathing cues for each pose for good purpose . Early on in class, once the body has warmed up, we turn up the breath with intention! I call it "Evoking the Breath of the Almighty Who Give us Life!" (Job 33:4) It's a two step process: 1. lips remain closed and 2. there's a slight constriction in the back of the throat. What's created is an oceanic quality to the sound of each inhale and exhale plus it turns up the heat in the body. In a room full of fellow believers utilizing the same collective breath, is an encouragement for healing in the participating bodies. Like a tuning fork, the body resonates with other healthy bodies and together elevate to a higher Christ centered vibration.
Getting comfortable with evoking the breath of the almighty serves each of us differently and at different times. On the mat, holding challenging poses become bearable when a student chooses to focus on a 4 second inhale followed by a 4 second exhale, rather than muscle weakness and trembling. We’ve got a choice in our body during a tough moment: stay with the breath and stand in the fight or release. There is no judgement of self or others from your mat, but rather a knowledge that we are all building strength through breath and encouraging personal break throughs. Off the mat, we know that taking a deep breath before spewing words or taking inappropriate actions as life challenges us, can make the difference between peace and strife. The extra time to fill the mind with oxygenated blood and slowing the breath can lead us to extend grace instead of a middle finger.
As with any yoga practice, your instructor is simply your guide. You are free to decide which breaths you want to follow and which ones you want to skip. Freedom to choose is just as important with your breath practice as is with the poses you want to follow. At the end of a power flow class the body is infused with fresh oxygenated blood giving you a renewed sense of health and more balanced state of mind.
I invite you to inhale and rise up and exhale to release tension. There's freedom with breath.
Join us this week for Tuesday Yoga in the Park 8:30 am, Thundercloud Park, Arvada.
Wednesday at noon, Holiday Park, North Boulder. Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ at noon or YouTube.
6/12/2021 0 Comments
Let’s Continue Our In-depth Look At How to Find Freedom in Christ on the Yoga MatSummer is here! Last week was a big week for park yoga and I hope you were able to take advantage of some stretching your faith and body in the grass. When I was a girl, something that gave me a lightness and joy in the heat of the summer was climbing trees. I remember heading deep into the back woods of Connecticut to find the perfect pine tree. Each limb was spaced just right for the size of my little body. It took a brave spirit and ample strength to press on but before I realized, I was nearly at the tippy top. The risk of falling didn’t occur to my 8-year-old brain as all I knew was that I had accomplished something all-together wonderful and freeing. It was an exercise in dependence on something bigger than myself to help me go somewhere I had never been before, or since. Once I climbed off, I kissed terra firma for a safe arrival back down.
On May 9 I began the series “A J’ogi’s Path to Freedom – Christian Yoga and the Tree of Life.” Here the picture is painted where yoga isn’t just another work out. It’s an exercise within the bounds of a yoga mat that’s met with a certain level of intention to learn about ourselves, both in how we relate to God and the body. We yoke together with Jesus as a mindful disentanglement from the worries, fears and worldly problems that keep our souls in bondage. It’s a physical knowing which takes us from a place of stagnation to one of challenging personal growth and true freedom. (Galatians 5:1) Freedom on the mat allows for more love off the mat.
The first limb we climbed in the J’ogi tree of life is “Knowing God’s Commands and Moral Precepts.” When I know God and can take him at his word (The Holy Bible), I can keep my eyes on heaven and less on the problems in the world. Where my gaze is, there my focus lies. As soon as I’m more of a study of the world than the word of God, I lose balance and tend to stumble. Keep in the word to know the difference.
The second branch for which we reach is Improving Physical Postures. Each F.R.O.G. Pose class is met with a flowing series of multiple physical poses to build strength and flexibility. If you are unfamiliar with yoga, you can expect a short learning curve of new terms such as Upward Facing Dog and Downward Facing Dog. And just like grasping a new language, repetition in attending classes helps. The more yoga teachers and classes you can take, the quicker you learn, plus by looking around to other students, you pick up on the poses rather quickly.
Last Tuesday night Luis confessed he was facing his giants by coming to his first park yoga class; he was transparent in admitting to a predetermined mind that he wasn’t flexible enough to participate. I reminded him that we all start somewhere and can look to improve as long as we are open minded to learn and grow. Yoga is like faith in God. He loves us so much that he doesn’t leave us in our pathetic state and breaks the chains that hold our soul in bondage. And so it is on the yoga mat. Flexibility in the mind leads to flexibility in the body. Keep showing up and your facia will soften allowing your body to move with greater easy and fluidity.
I was told once that to improve in any sport takes practicing 3-5 times a week. Can you show up to the mat more frequently to notice improvement in your body? I believe you are worth it to yourself. My challenge for you this week is to pick a pose that you’ve told yourself “I can’t do it”. We all have those poses in our minds that give us hesitation. Perhaps it’s Wheel Pose, Side Cross or Wide Leg Forward Fold Pose? Change your mindset, give yourself permission to climb to higher heights and show yourself you can do it! Practice this pose after each class you take this week. Rephrase your attitude and I am confident you and Madonna will “Strike a Pose!”
Grab this branch of Improving Physical Posture with me on Wednesday at noon. We will be meeting in person at Holiday Park in North Boulder for 60 minutes of focusing on God’s word and praying and strength and flexibility. We are strong because God is strong.
Join in person or live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
Don't frogget about Tuesday morning at Thundercloud park
After Mother’s Day I purchase beautiful blooming flower baskets and now I sit here in the morning sun taking in fresh new scents. I feel the breeze on my skin, notice the newness of life and sense a shift. The wonder of summer is met with my knowing it’s been preceded by spring, which came after winter, and fall before that. The adjustment from one season to another isn’t always met with ease but I know that no matter where I am in the cycle of life, God meets me in the shift.
In my books, Memorial Day Weekend marks the official beginning of summer. Summer moves my thinking from packing heavy down coats and snow scrapers to baseball and hotdogs, cookouts, camping and pool time! Normally, on this weekend, Boulder is buzzing with runners and visitors from all over the globe to participate in the Bolder Boulder and Creek Fest. Like last year, sports enthusiasts, who normally would be stepping into new sneakers, are adjusting to stepping onto yoga mats in place of organized road races.
How are you adjusting to the changes in life this season?
Whether you are an experienced J’ogi or have never been on a yoga mat, summer is a treasured time to barefoot walk in the park with a practice of community yoga!
Holiday Park, North Boulder: On Wednesdays at noon you can enjoy our F.R.O.G. Pose 60 minute beginner flow classes starting June 2, streaming facebook live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ , weluity.com and Youtube @frogposeyoga.
Thundercloud Park, Arvada: Join the Red Rocks Sports Yoga on Tuesdays for a rotation of teachers including myself, Carrie Davidson, Niki Sparks, Denise Stemple of Space for Change, and Lorie Corrado of Thrive Whole Health and Yoga. There's 2 time options: 1. Every Tuesday morning from 8:30-9:30; 2. 2nd Tuesdays Only 7-8pm. The theme will be EVERYTHING summer and the light(ness) of Jesus! Who doesn’t want a healthy dose of that after coming out of the perceived coldness of 2020?
Regardless of which classes you can attend, you will be met with prayer, the Word of God, fellowship and stretching on a yoga mat. Be sure to bring a water bottle, a towel (in case the grass is wet), sunscreen and the willingness to shift into your best summer mindset.
See you on Tuesday!
5/16/2021 0 Comments
Christian yoga isn’t just another typical physical exercise. It's all together multi facetted and a place to marinade in the Word of God. It's a 7-part path to liberation of life in Christ through working out on a yoga mat. Our faith and yoga path can be viewed like vectors that have a starting point in body, heart and soul, that extends up and out and into eternity. Imagine that our J’ogi community is continually learning and growing, like the limbs of a tree. And that the Christian yoga path is like this: a seed is planted, nurtured, pruned in the hopes of getting so free and big that even the birds can find a home in the branches.
The first branch I’m going to talk about is Knowing God’s Commands (following the moral code from the Bible). The Holy Bible asks us to meditate on God’s word day and night (Psalm 1:2-3). What better way to know God’s commands and his morality than taking time out of our busy day to be quiet before the Lord in meditation.
Some have asked me “what is Christian meditation, anyway”? I define it as engaging in a special kind of conversation with God. Whereas a prayer is audible, out loud conversation, meditation is inward and usually quiet. Meditation clears the way for convening with God on a deeper level and draws our thoughts away from life’s distractions and aligns them closer to the things of God. It gets the bats out of the belfry of the mind; making way to prosperity and success in the day and life. The mind is a powerful thing and to meditate gives a mindful disentanglement from weights of the world to loftier truths.
How is Christian yoga different from other forms of exercise and how can it help free you from the chains that may be holding you down? Simply put, it’s a moving meditation. It incorporates running the body through a series of physical postures on the safe space of your yoga mat. At Frogpose yoga we are prayerfully expectant that regardless of the length of the yoga practice, with mindful intentions set on positive change, reciting Bible verses, prayer and controlled breathing, the body, mind and spirit are liberated to wellbeing and healthfulness.
The after affects I enjoy from a practice of moving meditation are that I stand taller, feel lighter, have better functionality in my body and greater clarity of mind. I find that the best time to pray and listen to God’s small voice is after I’ve finished a yoga class, as I’m whole body integrated and in alignment with God. Christian yoga helps me to grow in all areas of my life, including expanding my head knowledge of God. How do you find yoga to be different than other forms of exercise?
The body was meant to move and we know that exercise is important to good health. Compare Christian yoga with my experience of heading to the gym. Typically, I rush to get there, put on noise drowning headphones, grab a quick rinse and hurry my way back to work. Sometimes I feel that only thing I notice growing is my biceps and stress level. The gain I feel in the body can sometimes be to the detriment of my mind and heart. 1 Corinthians 6:12 helps me prioritize what form of exercise my body needs and which will be beneficial in that moment. Ideally, I practice yoga 3-5 times a week to notice it’s freeing effects.
Can I challenge you to memorize this verse Joshua 1:8: keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. To know the Word is to know God. If you’ve told yourself that you cannot memorize scripture, give yourself permission to rewrite that negative script. Ask Holy Spirit to be your helper and you will be surprised how much the brain will retain God’s truth. It will transform your thinking to that of Christ, will reveal God’s will and help you to keep his morality, and will strengthen and encourage you in the faith.
Join us this week as we focus class on Knowing God’s Commands and morality. When the going gets tough, take a controlled breath and allow muscle memory to take over. Head, heart and body move in concert on and off the mat in the hopes of making a difference for the cause of Christ. The Godly wisdom gained on the yoga mat in this unique exercise is that which we can take out and into the world.
See you Wednesday at noon on Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ , weluity.com and Youtube @frogposeyoga.
Stay tuned for Summer Yoga in the Park details.
Jesus said that God's heavenly presence was arriving on earth through him and his mission. And he often likened this to a huge mustard tree, growing and spreading in surprising ways (Matthew 13: 31-32). Jesus even claimed to be a tree of life, a vine that offers God's life to the world (John 15:1-17). The image of a tree creates a beautiful picture of how Jesus inspires freedom of faith in Christian yoga. He deepens our foundational roots, provides nutrients to the vine, helps us reach to higher heights and gives us permission to grow. How is this evidenced? By our fruit that’s ripening, overflowing and falling around us.
At Frogpose yoga, we approach our mat expectant that Jesus Christ will mold and shape us to be more like Him. It’s not merely an exercise of building strength and flexibility in our limbs and muscles. Students use the 60 minutes to yoke together with Jesus as a mindful disentanglement from the worries, fears and worldly problems that keep our souls in bondage. It’s a physical knowing which takes us from a place of stagnation to one of challenging personal growth and true freedom. (Galatians 5:1) Freedom on the mat allows for more love off the mat.
Like our faith, the practice of yoga is a process and everyone begins their journey with the decision to say yes to change. Whether you are a beginner J’ogi or seasoned practitioner, we approach each class as an opportunity to learn something new. Our faith and yoga path can be viewed like vectors that have a starting point in body, heart and soul, that extends up and out and into eternity. Imagine that our J’ogi community is continually learning and growing, like the limbs of a tree. A seed is planted, nurtured, pruned in the hopes of getting so big that even the birds can find a home in the branches.
In the next few weeks I am going to dissect how Christian yoga is different from other forms of exercise and how it can help free you from the chains that may be holding you down. What is the 7 part path to liberation in Christ through the work we do on a yoga mat?
1. Knowing God’s Commands (following the moral code from the Bible
2. Improving Physical Postures (building physical strength and flexibility)
3. Controlled Breathing (involuntary deep breaths)
4. Focusing Concentration (eyes on Christ/free from the senses)
5. Meditation (mindfulness)
6. Bearing Fruit (self study/noting the positive changes in self)
7, Sharing in Jesus’ Light (shine the Divine)
Our lives are a mere adjustment to the truth of God and every step we take towards deepening our faith helps us make Jesus more attractive to those around us. Be inspired this week as we dive into taking our yoga practice to the next level. Be the tree!
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Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ at noon or YouTube.
Stay tuned for park yoga details!
There’s nothing like visiting a farm this time of year, where the Breath of the Almighty springs forth new life. Kat and I had a good laugh playing in the goat pen. When the owner of the farm, Kristy, said she found me, in a round about way on the world wide web, we both knew it was God’s doing. She admitted she was a little scared to ask me about teaching a fundraising baby goat yoga class. Since I’ve never taught a class with animals before (not including you people – ha!), we were in the same boat. But, with God, all things are possible!
I am thrilled that the courage of the Holy Spirit overcomes fear and even more excited to try something new for a good cause. I am encouraged because God prepares in advance for special occasions, knowing the 2017 birth of the ministry of F.R.O.G. Pose is God’s idea for today’s purpose! Our mission is to further the Kingdom of God one breath, one prayer and one yoga pose at a time…and some baby goats! God does the heavy lifting if we just step out in faith and say yes to where He’s leading.
YOU, can do new things in 2021!
As I collaborate as Sole to Soul Colorado, and we march toward the goal of retreat this fall, wouldn’t you know God’s revealing yet another new thing to learn in 2021: teach my first baby goat yoga class. My CORE POWER teacher training helped me to learn that a good yoga class is met with mindfulness and a teacher who’s prepared in advance for it. Theme is an important piece in setting up her students on their mats for a successful moving meditation. To sit at the front of the class, as guide, takes thought and preparation. Every Christian yoga class begins with time in prayer with God to hear for how He’s wanting me, as teacher, to lead.
Since I love to theme my classes, my quiet time with God and google search on the word “goat” brought me to Matthew 25: 31-46. Here Jesus paints what might seem like a grim account of how God will sift the nations when He makes his second coming, like a Shepard separates his sheep from the goats. But further reading tells me that Jesus seems more interested in how we are spending our time now versus worrying about our wellbeing at the end of days. I can take my temperature for eternity today by asking “am I feeding the hungry? giving drink to the thirsty? offering to clothe those in need? visiting prisoners?” or in the case of our fundraiser, offering shelter to Nicaraguan survivors of sex trafficking? Based on my honest answer, I don’t need to fear whether I’m a sheep or a goat. If I’m keeping my eyes on the prize, by helping the least of these, my take is that it’s good enough for Jesus.
Weather dependent, join us next week for special IN-PERSON, OUTDOOR Baby Goat Yoga! Fill you lungs with fresh air, enjoy the mountain vistas, and commune with the Maker of Heaven and earth as baby goats fill your hearts with joy. Space is limited to 15 students per 60-minute class. Sign up at Signup Genius. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A044FADAC2BA46-baby Normally our donations are taken to support the ministry of F.R.O.G. Pose but next week they are going toward House of Hope. $30 will buy a child a school uniform. $75 grants a woman a small business, $160 gives a child a year of schooling, $420 ($35 reoccurring) provides one mouth food necessary for a month.
Due to an injury we won't have live Wednesday class at noon but please feel free to select a class of your liking on Facebook live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ - show up for yourself.
Stay tuned for Yoga in the Park at Red Rocks Sports.
Continuing to Balance Anew in 2021
It’s in these uncertain times where I’m eternally grateful for my friends Kat, Denise and Lorie, as they have helped me navigate the challenges of life in the pandemic. As we collaborate together in Sole to SoulColorado, adding in your valued participation, we’ve collectively developed a knowing that we don’t have to keep ourselves in the fearful ruts and mondain isolation of 2020 and can take an active role to do NEW things! Since we started this in January, our hope is that you’ve found encouragement, challenge, and more balance, flexibility, and strength to all aspects of your life in body, soul, and spirit. What healthy habits have you formed since January?
YOU, can do new things in 2021!
Spring has sprung and I noticed everyone is out enjoying the warm weather and all the outdoor sportiness that Colorado has to offer. Could this sudden motivation of the general populace be based on the fact that Coloradans packedon 10-20 extra pounds during COVID? And we thought the Freshman 15 was a thing! If it weren’t for the pandemic I’d see people of all ages training for the famous Bolder Boulder road race. I played outdoor sand volleyball the day after some snow skiing and I could tell by how I was huffing and puffing that I was a bit out of shape. Thankfully, it would seem as if winter hibernation has been replaced with moving our bodies through space. This is the time of year the running shoes get placed by the door for easy access.
As followers of Christ, we are in strict training for and motivated by a different kind of race. Every one of us is a runner keeping focus on the prize that doesn’t fade. We run in such a way as to endure the distance and develop the necessary lung capacity so as to cross the finish line: the line between life and death, the here and now and our Heavenly home. Our ability to draw from the Breath of the Almighty, who gives us life, is what fuels our forward momentum. We want to encourage each other to be in good spiritual health so we can confidently hurdle into our eternal home rather than stumble in, gasping for air.
I’ve only had a few instances in life where I’ve received such bad news that it literally takes the air out of my lungs. It occurred last week as the news of our local shooting tragedy met my ears. “Just breathe, inhale, exhale”, I told myself. Scary enough, it was the supermarket I grew up in and what, over the 42 years of shopping there, felt like the comfort of my own living room. The weight of the senseless loss of innocent lives and the unsettled likelihood of my knowing a victim or two, felt like an instant sucker punch to my gut.
Not that it lessens the heaviness of evil acts happening in my quiet upper-class neighborhood, but my pastor reminded me it’s for this VERY reason, the recent terrible murders, that Jesus came to meet us here on Earth. If it were not for the hopeful cross and Jesus proving eternal life through His resurrection, it would be impossible to make sense of it all. Yesterday was Easter, the Son of Man is seated at the right hand of The Father, and I can breathe a deep sigh of relief. I am doing something new by learning to breathe again. A few deep breaths, my pulse returns to normal and I feel the beginnings of restoration in my soul.
In Christian yoga we practice voluntary breathing for the sole purpose of putting it into action when we need it most. A gentle flow yoga instructor uses verbal breathing cues for each pose. Holding challenging poses become bearable when a student chooses to focus on a 4 second inhale followed by a 4 second exhale, rather than muscle weakness and trembling. We’ve got a choice in our focus during a tough physical moving meditation. The choice we make can be the difference between standing in the fight or giving up. There is no judgement of self or others from your mat, but rather a knowledge that we are all building strength through breath.
Deep belly breaths fill the lungs with the much needed oxygen that trying experiences sometimes suck out of us. Stress can cause the body to shrink into taking short sips of air and a mindful moment of taking 3 full breaths can be the difference between keeping your cool and saying something you might later regret. How we use our breath helps us to make physical and spiritual breakthroughs.
Continue with Sole to Soul Colorado’s - Balance Anew 2021 as our Christian yoga community continues linking arms as like-minded accountability partners. April is all about breath. We are glad you are still seeking new things and together we can continue race training by offering weekly ideas, tips, challenges, and Scripture each Monday. Our hope is that when Fall 2021 Retreat arrives, we can share, in person, how God has helped us do new things!
Won’t you join us in learning about breath? Email us at SoleToSoulColorado@gmail.com for more details on Balance Anew 2021 details and Fall 2021 Retreat.
After my volleyball game I introduced my sweetie to some dear couple friends, who are fellow volleyball players. After a nice conversation, the extended handshake was met with the too often uncomfortable attempted fist-bump, elbow-reach, never-touching gesture. Collectively we followed up the awkward behavior with apologies and a deflated sigh. Rather than feeling the desired sense of victory for having made new friends we stepped away with that strangeness of being left hanging and gaining a mere half credit of connection.
I want to return to that feeling of belonging IN community. My soul has a deep yearning to be seen and understood. This universal longing is something that’s being especially challenged in these current times. The naturalness of being free to lean in close to someone outside of your clan is becoming more and more bizarre. As time marches on in what I call the “Covid Confusion”, we are walking around attempting to live a natural life yet being met with unfulfilled longings of connection. It all feels very unnatural.
I was 50 when God called me into the ministry of Christian yoga. We learned to speak a new language that brings healing to the bodies of the community around us utilizing verbal cues, some physical posture demonstrations and the use of hands-on adjustments. Hours of shared conversation, an unmatched team of educators and a sharing of struggles, was key to our growth and graduation. At first it felt unnatural but with practice and with the support of this tight knit community, we emerged better than when we started. In teacher training, I made lifelong friends. It was fulfilling to be a part of the clan that we call “yogi’s”. I connect with my yogi’s from a shared experience level yet I felt amiss in the spiritual.
But God wasn’t done with my growth yet!
I heard God call me to foster the Frogpose Yoga community as one that focuses on Jesus Christ, and Jesus alone. I was inspired to incorporate all the goodness of the yogi head knowledge with the love of God. True connection made its way into my life with the marriage of my love of Jesus with the healthful exercise we call yoga. I’ve even given us the name of “J’ogi’s”: Jesus-Yogi’s! God is so good as he has poured out blessing upon blessing of wonderful lifelong friendships though this practice of Christian yoga. I am continually inspired and encouraged with the fellow teachers and students around me who God has put into my life since He birthed Frog Pose.
If you feel like you want to get connected to a group of people that love the Lord and to spend quality time with others who stretch on a yoga mat, you’ve found your family. Regardless of your beliefs, all are welcome. Whether you have never taken a yoga class or you have been enjoying yoga for years, please join in. Facebook Live, YouTube, Instagram and some in person classes is where you will find us. There’s room for all and know that we all started in the unnaturalness of the unknown but can now settle in and call it home.
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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Meeting ID: 927 398 0218 Passcode: 48202
Wednesdays at The Grange, Space for Change 6p-7p, NW corner of 72nd & Simms
Sign up is required due to COVID indoor restrictions. Please email me at email@example.com. Thank you!
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.