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.