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5/7/10 10:04 A

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This is not about a scripture, but this seemed like the best location for the idea. Lately, especially when I am tired and doing particularly gentle yoga, I have been singing while I practice. Sounds weird, I know, but it is really cool. There are two simple songs that I have been singing quietly during child's pose or other gentle poses. Do you know these songs?

"In my life, Lord, be glorified, be glorified. In my life Lord, be glorified today." (then changing out the word "life" for other things like home, work, words, etc). This would also work for slowly flowing poses.

Another song you may know that I have sung while practicing: "Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary. Pure and Holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving, I'll be a living sanctuary for you."

If you don't like to sing out loud, singing them inside your head/heart would also work! :) Please let me know how it goes if you try this practice!


"So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away, see, everything has become new!"

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)


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3/31/10 9:44 P

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Holy yoga thank you for sharing! I was very blessed by reading your post:) May God continue to bless you in all you do! emoticon

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3/22/10 10:03 A

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Our Holy Yoga class on Saturday focused on Matthew 11:28-30. "take my yoke..." Yoga means yoke, union, join together. We talked about finding our rest in Christ but also that as the body of Christ we are called to be yoked together and bear one anothers burdens. Sometimes (for women in particular, I think) it is easier to serve others than to allow them to serve us. But when we don't let them serve us when we are in need, we deny others the opportunity to be the body of Christ for us. We did a few gentle partner poses on this theme - seated with backs together: gentle twists, forward fold for one, backbend for the other... and talked about the feeling of support and warmth for both partners, as well as the need to communicate in these poses.

I love my solo yoga practice, but it is truly a blessing to come together in worship and fellowship with my Holy Yoga class. I also tend to have a solitary personality about other things, too - this class reinforced for me that need to be the body of Christ TOGETHER.


"So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away, see, everything has become new!"

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)


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3/12/10 12:53 P

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Psalm 51:10 is given in Susan Bordenkircher's Yoga for Christians as an example of a breath prayer:

Create in me a clean heart, O God (long inhale)
Renew a right spirit within me (long ehale)

We used this in my gentle class last weekend. We also shortened it to fit with a shorter breath cycle, or just to use fewer words for a simplified breath prayer:

Clean heart (inhale)
right spirit (exhale)

I eventually came to like using "renewed spirit" on the exhale and shifted to that. It was wonderful to focus my practice this morning with these words. Even with a long breath cycle, I especially love this version. Can imagine using it to calm myself during stressful times off of my mat.



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2/20/10 7:24 A

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"Here's what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won't be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace."

Matthew 6:6 from The Message


"So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away, see, everything has become new!"

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)


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12/9/09 12:20 P

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1 Thessalonians 5:23

May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he'll do it!

(from The Message)


"So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away, see, everything has become new!"

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11/5/09 9:07 A

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My two classes this week are introducing arm balances, and this weekend I am giving a longer class/workshop on arm balances. All of my students are brand new to these poses and many are apprehensive. In addition to keeping our sense of humor and having lots of modifications, we are focusing on Psalm 27 and overcoming fear.

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?....


On Saturday, we will review the same Psalm, but also add Isaiah 43:2 (when you go through deep waters, I will be with you... rivers of difficulty, you will not drown...)

Practicing taking risks on the mat and gaining confidence can make a difference off the mat, and being reminded of God's provision, protection and presence on the mat can make a difference off the mat, too.

Blessings!
Liz



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10/27/09 2:13 P

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Last night I taught a balance-focused class and used Proverbs 25:16:

"Have you found honey? Eat only what you need, or you may become filled with it and spit it up."

Leave it to Proverbs to give us no nonsense health advice! We focused on even breath, balancing worked and rest, strength and flexibility, and where we need to find balance off the mat.


"So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away, see, everything has become new!"

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7/15/09 10:58 A

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Psalm 139:13-18 was our focus last week at Holy Yoga class. We reflected on being "fearfully and wonderfully made" and on God's countless thoughts of us. Our bodies are such amazing creations, and to know that God "knit us together," created and loved/knew us even before our birth is truly amazing.


"So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away, see, everything has become new!"

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)


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5/27/09 9:04 P

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Today I had an Upper Room devotional planned for my Holy Yoga class, which focused on how God used Moses despite his flaws (referencing in particular his great sin of murder). Grace, mercy, God's willingness to use us, welcome us back.

THEN, I was surfing the internet (I am slightly addicted to People.com) and read a blurb about Justin Gaston, Miley's Cyrus' boyfriend. He apparently has a tattoo of Psalm 7:8. I was curious, so looked it up to find David asking God to judge him by his "own righteousness!" Clearly David was having a good self-esteem day when he wrote that one. Yikes! If we are judged on our own righteousness, we are doomed!

So, that fit well with the other lesson - we focused on our thankfulness that God always welcomes us back, pours his grace over us and judges us based on CHRIST's righteousness. (Who knew there'd be a lesson in a Miley Cyrus article?!)

As we concluded, we were grateful both for what our bodies can do, and that Jesus has done for us what we can NOT do.

Blessings, to all of you - great references below Whatifgirl!

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5/22/09 11:28 P

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"You are my strength and my shield, my God in whom I trust." at the beginning of my yoga class. "Jesus, you are my Lord and my God" when namaste is said at the end.

"There is none like you, you alone are God. There is none besides you, Lord."

I've also done yoga poses to the Hallelujah Chorus and that rocked! Especially when a Son Salutation brought me up strong at the onset of the "Hallelujah, hallelujah...." Wow. emoticon

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5/19/09 8:57 A

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In last night's class, we did some challenging poses. I wanted to the class to keep their sense of humor and try to find some joy in the difficulty. So, we focused on these scriptures:

The Lord is my strength and my safe cover. My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. So my heart is filled with joy. I will thank Him with my song. (Psalm 28:7)

Be full of joy always because you belong to the Lord. Again I say, be full of joy! (Philippians 4:4)

I didn't think about it until later last night but one of my trainers with YogaFit would, in talking about a well-structured and aligned pose, ask "Does it sing?" I like the thought of that with the first verse above - may our poses "sing" to Him! :)

When I am stumped for a focus verse, I have a nice book with topical lists of verses. (The Bible Promise Book for Women) I'll look up peace, joy, whatever I want to focus on for that day, and it has lots of choices listed. Other times I may choose a verse from the Bible Study we're currently doing with my women's group, which is a nice crossover since many of the same women attend my class.


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5/7/09 9:56 A

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Let's use this thread to share scriptures that we have found meaningful in our yoga practice....

In last night's class, we reflected on James 1:2-4 from The Message:

"Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way."



"So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away, see, everything has become new!"

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)


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