Hot Mess Series

Christian 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.

Yoga for When You're a Hot Mess: Week 2: Foundation Building Yoga Practice

Flow Description

In the first video of this series, our focus was connecting with our heart. For this second video, our focus is on digging deep before building tall. In the Gospels, Jesus warns against just building a house without first setting a deep foundation. I think this has great relevance for our lives today – we’re full of castle in the sky ideas, positive inspirational words that look beautiful on the outside, but without a deep secure foundation, the first storm that comes will destroy them.

This practice is a very grounding practice — full of poses and sequences that emphasize rooting down into the earth, using our bodies to connect to the earth to help our hearts find the courage to connect to it’s Maker. It’s a gentle practice that will challenge you to look beyond the external and dig deep into the foundation of your life, your faith, your dreams, and your yoga. 

Helpful props: 1 or 2 blocks (or a stack of hardcover books)

Scriptures

“If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.” {Luke 6:48-49}

Questions

  1. What would it look like, for the next few minutes, to turn your attention away from the fancy, successful, well-liked, put-together house you’re building, and instead, turn your attention to its foundation?
  2. God, will you give me a picture, word, or sound to describe the foundation of my life right now?

Prayer

“When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting and suspicious. I am honest and I still play games…

To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God’s grace means…” {Brendan Manning, Ragamuffin Gospel}

Holy Spirit, help me have the courage and wisdom to bring what’s in the dark into the light. I know I can trust you God, it’s safe to bring all of me before you. I want to know more of our grace, so help me understand more of my need.

Christian Yoga for When You're a Hot Mess: Week 1: Gentle Heart-Focused Yoga Flow

Flow Description

This is the first video in a six-part series dedicated to peeling away the masks of performance and perfection and finding real, deep, life-changing intimacy with God.

Here’s the truth: Jesus loves messy. He’s so drawn to it.

Humans? We avoid messy at all costs.

Over these next six videos, we’re going to get right down deep into our mess, into our brokenness and our broken hearts, to a place where we’re honest with ourselves so we can find real intimacy with God and show a real authentic self to the world.

The first video is all about connecting with our hearts. Did you know that the Bible talks about the heart nearly more than anything else? And yet, so many of us walk around with hearts broken from loss, rejection, disappointment, guilt, fear, the list goes on and on. As we move and breathe, we’ll invite God to shine some light on the state of our hearts and take the first steps towards deep healing.

Note: You’ll want to grab a yoga strap / neck tie / scarf for this video!

Scriptures

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

{Proverbs 4:23}

“For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

{John 4:24}

“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”

{Ezekiel 11:19}

Questions

  1. God, what is the condition of my heart right now? Will you give me a word, picture, or sound that reflects my heart right now?

Prayer

Father, thank you for meeting us here. You are the breathe in our lungs, the beat in our hearts. Holy Spirit, guide and speak and reveal the truth of who the Father is and the truth of our hearts, free of pretense or posturing, and help us to worship in a deeper way than we have before. We know it’s your kindness that leads us to repentance, so Jesus, may we encounter your kindness and find the boldness we need to peel back the layers of heart.