This past spring, two new books were published for Christians who practice yoga. Specifically, both books are aimed at Christian teachers of yoga, but there are ways in which yoga students can use them as well.
Touch your elbow: that skin right there is God’s Holy of Holies. What if your body is an altar? What if your body is a place for you to encounter God? How does that change how you understand your body?
Yoga teacher Jody Thomae explores embodied postures of prayer and praise. In this post, she explores the Biblical precedent for raising hands in prayer.
Yoga is an invitation to explore and discover the truth of who you are in body, mind and spirit. Yoga cultivates a harmonious blend of postural alignment, balance, coordination, concentration, strength, and flexibility with deep breathing, so it is spiritually uplifting and nourishing - but how does the practice teach us to P.R.A.Y.? How do we get out of our head and into our heart? We Prepare, Root, Align, Yield.
Dayna Gelinas is the Founder and Director of New Day Yoga (2003) and New Day Yoga School (2006). In this interview, Dayna talks about creating her own invocation to Jesus to use at the beginning of all her yoga classes. Click through the read the interview and listen to the invocation!
by Jennifer Swets
Christian theologian Henri Nouwen writes in his book Here and Now, “Real life takes place in the here and now. God is in the present.” When I read that, I began to think, as human beings, why are we stuck in our past? Why do we mull over events, words, and interactions long gone by? Why do we worry and fixate about tomorrow? Why do we busy ourselves with tasks that we think will give ourselves importance? Why? The answer is often that we are trying to distract ourselves from the present moment because the present is scary.
In the present, we just have to “be.” The present is where God is. Where we hear from God. Well, how scary, daunting, fun, exciting, nerve racking, did I mention scary is that! The present is where we are in relationship with God. Where He speaks to us and where we have the opportunity to answer back. I repeat, how scary, daunting, fun, exciting, and nerve racking is that!