5/23/2020 0 Comments
Organic Movement in Christian Yoga
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.
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