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/