Intro to Christian Yoga

This 5 day series was created to help you understand the basics of what Christian yoga is! In this series I will talk about my perspective on what Christian yoga is, as well as share a daily video that showcases different styles of yoga. I hope that God will speak to you through this series, and that you will gain understanding around how you can incorporate this practice into your daily life!

 

Day 1: Abide

John 15:4

"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.”

If you want to know God better, you have to spend time with Him. It seems so simple, but how many of us are truly carving time out of our day to just BE with God. Not to read our bibles, pray or journal, but simply to spend time in His presence and invite Him into our day. Every time we step onto our yoga mats we have the chance to enjoy being in the presence of the Lord.

 

Day 2: Meditate

Phillippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

One of the most valuable aspects of yoga is the time it gives us to quiet our minds and hear from God. There are many times throughout the Bible when God calls us to meditate on His word. When we fill our mind and soul with pure and lovely thoughts, we will act in kind and loving ways. The meditation aspect of yoga helps us do that well!

 

Day 3: Daily Gratitude

Psalm 118:24 
 "This is the day that the Lord has made let use rejoice and be glad in it.”

One of the best ways to cultivate joy is to practice gratitude. When we start each day with a grateful heart and an awareness of what God has done for us, it is hard to move into the day with a negative mentality. Creating the habit of doing yoga each morning, will help wake up your body and prepare your mind to move into the day with peace and joy!

 

Day 4: Temple

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

God calls us to care for our body, and to be conscious of how we treat it. Our body is so much more than the way it looks. It is the vessel that allows us to carry the love of the Lord to the world around us. When we feel our best, we have more energy to do the work God calls us to. Taking care of our temple is a crucial part of serving the Lord.

Day 5: Go Out

Matthew 28:19-20

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The ultimate goal of yoga is to help equip us to be better people off of our mat. This practice helps connect us to the Lord so that He can equip us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to live the life He has called us to. Allow the disciplines you learn in a your yoga practice to transform the way you live in all areas of life.

 

Want to learn more about how to start a Christian yoga practice? Try our Yoga for Beginners guide to take the next step toward developing your own transformational yoga practice!