She cued Warrior 3 pose on my right foot and I wobbled so much that I had to set my back foot down. But, but but! I still had an opportunity to shine on my left foot. I tried to set myself up for success as I placed my standing foot forward, I had my back foot flexed, and a slight bend in my standing knee. Again, my inability to stay balanced ended in a feeling of defeat as I placed my other foot down. And then it hit me...I didn't set my gaze on an un-moving point!
Our practice of stretching on a yoga mat comes with it's fare share of challenges.Most of us would think that it's the physical poses that create the most difficulty. Or possibly how quickly our thoughts start wandering to the day's struggles rather than staying mindful, on God's inward peace. For me, it's my gaze.
Yoga is not only in the body but also in keeping our eyes forward and set - not the left of to the right. (Proverbs 4:27) This laser gaze allows our mind to focus while ushering us into a deeper state of concentration, attention and balance.
It's impossible to ignore this important component to the yoga practice as it correlates to being a follower of Jesus. What does it mean to have a Godly focus? Are we allowing the wobbles of life to take our eyes off the good promises that God has for us? When Peter stepped out of the boat he began to get that sinking feeling, but Jesus told him to keep their gaze and he was saved. We look to the hills because that's where our hope comes from - the maker of the Heavens and the Earth. To keep our gaze on Jesus in spite of our seemingly difficult situations is where we have confidences in the game of life.
Join us this week Tuesday at 7pm at the Arvada Campus of Red Rocks Church for our 2nd Tuesday of the Month class. And Wednesday at noon at 2900 Valmont #F! as we set our eyes upon Jesus.
Matthew 5:15 - In the same way (as putting a light on a hill), let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.