Holy Yoga By Cealia Athanason

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Holy Yoga By Cealia Athanason

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.