Holy Yoga for When You're A Hot Mess: Week 3: Hip-Focused Flow

Flow Description

You are known before you know…that’s the intention of this hip-centered deep-stretching flow. We’ll move in and out of active and passive poses to help us connect with Jesus and our identity. 

In Part 2, we talked about the importance of building a strong foundation rather than solely focusing on the big beautiful house we’re building for everyone else to see.

Today we’re talking how we actually do that. It can be really scary to dig down in our hearts, to begin to open the door on deep past hurts, disappointments, betrayals, regrets. A strong foundation isn’t built on a basement of secrets. A strong foundation is built on the light and the truth of Jesus Christ, taking up its residence in every part of our heart.

But how do we get there? How do we really trust God to go there? I’ve heard it said that people belong before they believe. When we know we’re accepted just as we are into a family, loved for who we are, welcomed with open arms, then we begin to believe that it’s safe to bring our hot mess out of the dark and into the light.

This practice is focused on our hips–we can’t expect instant release, instant flexibility and perfection in this pose. Many of us sit all day, constricting these muscles so without regular intentional practice to stretch and strengthen these muscles, it’s going to take a lot of patience and grace….much like our own personal deep healing.

Scriptures

“Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?” Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. you’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do.” {John 9:1-3}

“I’ve made myself available to those who haven’t bothered to ask. I’m here, ready to be found by those who haven’t bothered to look.” {Isaiah 65:1-2 }

Questions

  1. Jesus heals the blind man without the blind ever even asking for healing. What does this tell us about the character of God?
  2. When has Jesus done this for you? Showed up without you asking, to heal a hurt you had accepted as part of life?
  3. Or do you find yourself as one of the disciples in the story, looking for someone to blame rather than rejoicing because God will show up?
  4. Is the Holy Spirit nudging you to go and get your healing?

Prayer

Father, I thank you that I am KNOWN before I know. Thank you for seeing my hurt and brokenness and longing to heal it even before I acknowledge it and seek out healing. Thank you that you always desire healing and wholeness. Give me the courage to go after it fully.

Caroline Williams

Caroline Williams Yoga, PO Box 323, New York, NY