What is the Difference Between Holy Yoga and Traditional Yoga?

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Yoga was adapted in the West primarily as a way to reduce stress. Holy Yoga is a Christian form of yoga that encompasses many of the same positions and sequences as traditional yoga but instead on centering on “self”, participants focus on connecting with Christ.

Holy Yoga is an experiential worship designed to deepen your connection to Christ. Our sole purpose is to facilitate a Christ honoring experience that offers an opportunity for believers and non-believers alike to authentically connect to God through His Word, worship, and wellness. Holy Yoga exists to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth through the modality of yoga.

Our Holy Yoga instructor, Cealia Athanason, summarizes it like this:

“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.”

In a nutshell, Holy Yoga not only helps reduce stress, but it helps strengthen the body, mind and spirit by developing and nurturing a deeper connection with Christ.

Faithfully Guided Health Center (FGHC) is proud to offer Holy Yoga classes taught by the area’s most seasoned and popular yoga instructors.  FGHC is Ocala’s premier lifestyle & integrative healthcare provider.  Our practitioners concentrate on the whole person – body, mind and spirit.  FGHC offers comprehensive faith-based lifestyle and integrative healthcare services including general health and preventative care, weight loss support, nutrition and supplements, Holy Yoga classes, fitness classes, infrared sauna therapy, clinical Christian counseling (including Christian marriage counseling and family counseling) , targeted LED light therapy, Prolozone treatment, mud baths, portable hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments, massage therapy and more.

Are you ready to have more energy and feel better overall? If so, check out our Holy Yoga classes and fitness classes and make an appointment to learn more about how FGHC can help you achieve optimal physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Featured Services: Holy Yoga Classes & Targeted LED Light Therapy

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Faithfully Guided Health Center is proud to be Ocala’s premier lifestyle and integrative medicine provider.  We differ from traditional integrative healthcare practices in that we are a faith-based health center, striving to not only serve our clients, but reflect the example of Christ in all dimensions of health.

Our lifestyle and integrative healthcare philosophy centers around caring for the whole person – mind, body and spirt.  Our collaborative approach focuses on physical health, personal growth and empowering our clients to achieve long-lasting, optimal results.

Some of our lifestyle and integrative healthcare services stray away from the traditional medical approach, which often tends to focus on pharmaceutical and drug therapies.  For instance, in traditional medicine, a person who has trouble sleeping at night might be prescribed a sleeping aid.  Lifestyle and integrative medicine takes a different approach in that we work to identify the root cause of the sleeplessness then treat from there.  An individual whose sleeplessness is caused by stress, for example, might benefit from faith-based counseling and/or holy yoga classes vs. taking a potentially addictive sleeping pill that often has side effects.

Let’s take a closer look at two of the lifestyle and integrative healthcare services offered at Faithfully Guided Health Center:

Holy Yoga Classes

While traditional yoga focuses on “self”, holy yoga centers on connecting with Christ.  Our holy yoga classes are designed to help you relax, enhance your physical and spiritual health, and deepen your relationship with Christ. Faithfully Guided Health Center offers regularly scheduled holy yoga classes designed for all ages and skill levels.

Targeted LED Light Therapy

This therapeutic healing technique has proven benefits when it comes to pain relief, cellular repair, inflammation, neuropathy, circulation problems, ligament tears, muscle performance and relaxation. Targeted LED light therapy is safe and painless. The goal is to utilize LED light to deliver healing energy to the body.

Are you interested in learning more about how holy yoga classes and targeted LED light therapy can benefit you?  If so, give us a call or schedule a consultation to learn more.

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.