Gather: Join Us at the Table for Our Grand Opening

Gather

Friday, September 7th

  • 5:30pm – CEP Ribbon Cutting
  • 6:00pm – 9:00pm Community Grand Opening

40 SW 1st Avenue
Ocala, FL 34471
Located between Pi and La Cuisine

Parking is available on a first come first serve basis in the grass lot one block south of La Cuisine on 1st Avenue. Look for signs and FGHC volunteers.

Please join us as we embrace our community and welcome everyone to Faithfully Guided Heath Center.  Our Grand Opening event promises fun and excitement, including demonstrations, food, giveaways and more. You’re invited to be part of our mission and vision to promote optimal health and abundant life.

Bring your family, friends and colleagues as well!

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February’s Kindness Challenge

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On February 22nd we brought Holy Yoga to Unity Place where we offered the residents there a free yoga session.  We desired to provide a taste of the physical benefits of yoga combined with the spiritual benefits of Christ being the focus of intention and worship. This was my first experience with this practice and let me tell you; it was fantastic… even for an endurance junky like myself!

We chose Unity Place because of the growing population of individuals afflicted with substance abuse disorders in our community.  For those of you who don’t know, Unity Place is a 64-bed sober living facility located across the street from Tuscawilla Park.  The facility serves 350-400 people annually by providing room, board, and accountability. A Google search defined a halfway house as “an institution that allows people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities, or those with criminal backgrounds, to learn (or relearn) the necessary skills to re-integrate into society.”  A local source tells us more than 70% of the residents residing at Unity Place are there for substance abuse disorders.

Sadly, drug, alcohol, and suicide deaths are on the rise with Florida having one of the highest mortality rates.  Ponder the fundamental biblical truth that tells us we were created for relationship.  This truth speaks in direct opposition to Satan’s plans to keep us isolated.  The thief who came to steal, kill, and destroy tries to tell us that we are all alone but that is NOT true! If you are feeling isolated or burdened by addiction, anxiety, or depression- please know we are here to help.  Our goal at Faithfully Guided is to partner with you to connect the spirit, mind, and body.  Our non-linear approach is individualized and person-centered promoting optimal health, balance, and vitality through the lens of God.

Moving forward, we will continue to partner with our community to offer affordable pastoral counseling and integrative healthcare services.  As we grow, our outreach efforts will too.  When we open in our new facility, we plan to bring Holy Yoga to our clientele and the community including and especially those at Unity Place and other organizational outreach programs like it.  Please join us in promoting kindness and dignity to everyone around us.  Lastly, if you or someone you know might have a problem with alcohol or drugs, please see the links below for free local resources available to you and your loved ones.

http://www.aaocalamarion.org
https://www.sober.com/meetings/na?city=ocala&state=florida
https://www.afgarea9.org/find-a-meeting.html

Holy Yoga By Cealia Athanason

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Heading into the last few weeks of Holy Yoga training, I’m still wrapping my head around the concept. The modality of yoga is one that easily leads us into something more. Through practicing yoga, our sense of self-awareness inevitably deepens. We notice which positions and sequences are the most difficult, refreshing, invigorating, peaceful or triggering. When we stay with the difficult ones, sit with the conflicting emotions, we learn more about ourselves—not just physically and mentally. This is where we tap into our spirituality.

Holy Yoga is not meant to be captured by our minds. That would diminish it to simply a yoga practice with pretty music and motivational words, where we would only get deeper with ourselves. Rather, it’s a practice of the heart and soul. Taking our heads out of the practice and embracing the experience with open hearts and souls ready to be nourished creates the space within ourselves to receive all that Holy Yoga offers.

This type of yoga encompasses the entirety of body, mind, spirit and strength, but we have to allow it to. I recently taught my very first Holy Yoga class as part of Faithfully Guided’s monthly Day of Kindness. Of course, I was nervous, and my head was entirely too involved in the process. It’s a class unlike any other I’ve either participated in or taught, although it is the way I’ve found myself practicing at home over the past few years.

And that is exactly what I mean about yoga as a practice. It leads us to something deeper. Because of my beliefs, it led me to experience God in a new and different way—physically presenting my body as something He considers beautiful, mentally releasing my negative thoughts and insecurities to His power, spiritually feeling refreshed and healed. This is Holy Yoga. It’s Christ-centered, Spirit-filled and Bible-based, and it can take our relationship with God to an experiential level. For me, it’s brought out truth and freedom and peace and left behind guilt, shame and lies.

Pairing a physical practice of opening the body with the spiritual practice of worship becomes very powerful. God’s promises and truths fill our bodies with hope and peace. We feel rest in His plan and His purpose. We can release our control, our worry, our striving and, instead, listen for how God leads us to use our desires and passions. We can simply enjoy the fulfilling act of worship, knowing that He delights in us.

Holy Yoga helps us realize that it’s not about us being perfect or bringing anything to the table but ourselves—just as we are. It’s about our perfect Father filling us with His Spirit and the love of Jesus to lead us through the beautiful plan He has for us.

Ultimately, Holy Yoga is a place of rest and refreshment in our lifelong journey toward wholeness, relationship, community and purposeful living.