YogaDevotion: The Book!

Cindy Senarighi

After a year of loving this “God breathed” book into existence, we are ready to introduce it to all of our friends. Heidi Green and I have created a beautiful book that we hope you will not only enjoy yourselves but will also give to your friends.

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This is a book of 52 weekly devotions that blend faith and yoga practices with photos of real people doing yoga in the world. Each week’s devotion includes scripture and spiritual focus to help guide your home yoga and prayer practices.

We invite you to our website www.yogadevotionthebook.com for more information on the book and how to purchase it.  And please like us on Facebook at YogadevotionTheBook to receive the latest book news.  If you are in a Yogadevotion class in the Twin Cities, Duluth or Indianapolis, you may contact your instructor for information on a direct purchase.

May this book bless you with God’s Promised Presence on your mat and in the world today and every day.  

Peace,
Rev. Cindy Senarighi 

 

Peek Inside!

Week 7: The Practice of Inward Journey

Scripture: 
We do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:16

Spiritual Focus: “The farther the outward journey takes you, the deeper the inward journey must be.” Henri Nouwen

The Reverend Gordon Crosby said in a 1989 sermon, “Faith is trusting the flow, reveling in the view, carried beyond all existing boundaries.” How we view boundaries has something to do with our personality type and may inform our spiritual journey. For an extrovert the inward journey may be a challenge because information about the self is more easily gathered and processed outwardly. For an introvert the inward journey may be more easily accessible but remains incomplete unless there is some outward expression of self—something an introvert may find challenging. Neither is better or worse; the journeys and their boundaries are simply different. 

Reverend Gordon’s words invite us to trust the flow of the journey and worry less about the boundaries. When we come to that place of trusting our inward journey, we find God at the center, renewing us today and every day with God’s healing presence—no matter our circumstances. With God as our center we journey outside our self for energy and fellowship—and inside our self for wisdom and renewal. 

When we come to our mats as introverts or extroverts, or maybe a little of both, we accept the invitation to be present. We breathe, settle, and ground ourselves in faith and in the knowledge that we are exactly where we are supposed to be, and we let the inward journey flow. The breath and the asana are part of the journey inward toward God. The savasana or meditation at the end of class is the final destination, the place where we experience the mystery of God, where we are renewed and made ready to return to life in the world. 

Breath Prayer
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Exhale - by Day

Pose Focus: Hero pose, virasana, is a wonderful seat from which to begin your inward journey. If you are new to Hero pose, begin with short practices. Gradually increase your time in the pose, as your thighs, hips, and ankles allow. Don’t lose heart. Wait for the peaceful renewal promised by drawing inward into this pose.

This book is a welcome and creative contribution to a societal matrix in which yoga has gone mainstream while church congregations are diminishing. With insightful reflections on scripture, this wide-ranging approach to spiritual practice guides us into a faith-based experience of yoga as one way of leading people to an experience of the Holy. Cindy and Heidi invite us to combine praise of God with our posture practice, and to come home to our bodies by practicing Presence. Yogadevotion offers a faith-based yoga practice accessible to all that cultivate encounters with God both on the mat and in one’s daily living. A timely gift, indeed!
— Thomas Ryan, CSP Director, Paulist Fathers Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Author, Prayer of Heart and Body: Meditation and Yoga as Christian Spiritual Practice