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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