Hit Reset: 5 min. Christian Meditation

This video is the perfect antidote when stress, overwhelm, and chaos creep in!

Meditation has become a vital part of my daily spiritual practice. The stillness and silence has helped me connect with God in a new and deeper way and its benefits have overflowed into the busy and noisy parts of my life. I retain more of the things I read and study in the Bible, I'm able to reconnect with Love more quickly when the storms roll in, and I'm able to hear God more clearly. 

Yet strain does not seem to do good. At the moment I feel something “let go” inside, lo, God is here! It is a heart-melting “here-ness,” a lovely whispering of father to child, and the reason I did not have it before, was because I had failed to let go.” - Brother Lawrence

We’re not going to talk, we are just going to receive.

Sometimes you want to talk to your son, and sometimes you want to hold him tight in silence. God is that way with us; He wants to hold still with us in silence.” Frank Laubach

Christian Yoga Moon Practice: 20 min Restorative Practice

Before and during your period your energy is at its lowest point at the beginning of your period, so this is a restorative practice. Your hormone levels decline quickly to their lowest concentrations, creating the greatest communication between the right and left brain. 

Give yourself extra grace today and a hopeful perspective on your work. What would it look like to love myself exceedingly well today? Here are some examples of what that could look like:

  • Only worry about the one thing in front of me to do, don't get sucked into the overwhelming and scattered world of what's next.
  • Text a friend and ask how they're doing.
  • Take a bath.
  • No sugary dessert tonight.
  • You have permission for more moments like this - quiet, reflective, love-aware

This helps us connect with the unconditional love of God and helps us communicate to the people in our lives who love us.

Take this time to reflect and release.

25 min. Christian Prenatal Yoga for Low Back Pain

Welcome to this 25 minute Christian Prenatal Flow for Low Back Pain!

This short practice targets pernicious low back pain that can crop up during pregnancy. We do lots of forward folds, hip circles, and deep leg stretches to help release tension. 

We use two blocks throughout the practice to help make movements more accessible so make sure to grab yours or a couple books/boxes if you don't have any.

This practice may especially come in handy during the final few weeks of your pregnancy  when babies position themselves for delivery (preferably head down!). Your baby's head is the heaviest part of its body, so gravity is working in your favor here as we do lots of "butt-up, belly-down" movements. 

**If you know your baby is breech, please avoid the squatting poses. Instead, use this time to take some wide legged forward folds, arms stretched out in front of you and your hands on the blocks. This mini-inversion will keep encouraging your baby to turn.

Psalm 112:7 (NIV)

They will have no fear of bad news;
    their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

Psalm 112:7 (TPT)

They will not live in fear or dread of what may come,
    for their hearts are firm, ever secure in their faith.

Christian Yoga for Anxiety: 35 min flow

Anxiety is inherently disconnecting. It disconnects us from our bodies. It disconnects us from Love.

Shame sees this opening made by the disconnection and likes to swoop in so the moment we realize we're disconnected we're also flooded with a sense of shame for allowing ourselves to be disconnected. We should love God better. We should know the Bible better. We should not feel these things.

When we stop feeding anxiety it stops growing. If we are connected to Love in all things, at all times, anxiety loses its authority because "perfect love casts out fear." So the invitation before us today is to notice when anxiety is the authoritative voice, notice when its running the show. Turn and face it. Notice how it feels in your body. Notice what things anxiety is holding hostage. And then choose to plug back into Love. Invite Jesus into that fear. Invite Jesus into the feeling. Welcome the presence of Love and choose to abide in it. Let the power of Love silence anxiety.

"If holding your ground is what you are called to most days, it helps to know your ground." - Kathleen Norris

"Resilience is born by grounding yourself in your own loveliness, hitting notes you thought were way out of your range." - Greg Boyle

One of the symptoms of anxiety is feeling stuck on a mental hamster wheel. You can't stop thinking.

Yoga is a really beneficial tool to alleviate anxiety. This is because yoga is inherently integrative and connective, countering the disconnecting efforts of anxiety. There are a couple aspects of yoga that are especially helpful: slowing down and balancing

"I cannot get God by holding Him off at arm's length like a photography, but by leaning forward intently as one would respond to one's lover. Love so insatiable as the love of God can never be satisfied until we respond to the limit." - Frank Laubach

How do you know if the endless thoughts stand up in the presence of Christ? Talk TO Him about them. Not just yourself. And definitely don't engage with the worry.

"Instead of talking to yourself, form the habit of talking to Christ...No practice we have ever found has held the mind as much as this: making all thought a conversation with the Lord." - Brother Lawrence

John 14:27 (The Passion Translation - TPT)
“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!"

These are the same words God spoke to Moses and Joshua. Jesus is identifying himself as the Son of God. These aren’t just nice sentiments from Jesus, this declaration goes back centuries. Peace is our inheritance.

Phil. 4:6-8 (TPT) 

"Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always."

40 min. Christian Prenatal Yoga Flow

**You will need two yoga blocks to support you through this prenatal flow.**

This mindful and dynamic flow targets all the pain points of pregnancy so you're left feeling stretched, strengthened, and soothed!

"All the buried seeds crack open in the dark the instant they surrender to a process they can't see." - Mark Nepo

The Lord had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you."  -Genesis 12:1 (NIV)

In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength. -Isaiah 30:15 (NIV)

But when the Father sends the Spirit of Holiness, the One like me who sets you free, he will teach you all things in my name. And he will inspire you to remember every word that I've told you. -John 14:26 (TPT)

Christian Yoga for Bedtime: Guided Prayer of Examen

Download the Prayer of Examen by clicking this link here

This beautiful guided prayer provides a way of noticing where God shows up in your day. We'll begin this practice with some gentle standing movements and then come to the mat for 3 restorative poses. Make sure to have a pillow and block (or a couple sturdy books) with you.