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.
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