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New Class - YogaFaith: "Living Surrendered" {Open Now}

“Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment… Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life - and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.” - Eckhart Tolle

“Are you living surrendered?”

This is the question that sprang into my head without warning as I was driving home from work a few weeks ago. The question rang out so clearly that I almost looked around to see who had hitched a ride in my car without permission! I knew of course that it was God who asked the question. He has a habit of hitting me with tough questions when I least expect it. Since I didn’t feel like pondering the meaning of life at that particular moment however, I tucked the question away. Promising to revisit it later.

Are you living surrendered?

When I finally took some quiet time to ponder the question, I sadly realized that my answer was ‘no.’ I was not living a fully surrendered life. I wasn’t even quite sure I understood what that meant! I did know however that I was seeking guidance in some things, but in too many others I was going my own way. Promising to give God this or that, only to take it back when I thought His back was turned.

This choice has resulted in too many periods of confusion and overwhelm and not enough forward movement.

If you are a person of faith (Christian or otherwise) this struggle might found familiar.

If you would like to find you own answers to the question of what it means to live a surrendered life, I invite you to join us in the studio for YogaFaith - “Living Surrendered”.

YogaFaith - Gentle Flow/Hatha Yoga 10-Week Session

Our practice will be GentleFlow/Hatha yoga which allows for periods of gentle transitions from posture to posture along with time spent in deeper more static stretches. This will encourage increased flexibility and strengthening of the body, mind, spirit, and soul. Each practice will begin and end with prayer and reflection to help you explore the question of what it means to live surrendered in your own life. This class is suited for beginners - advanced beginners who are relatively injury-free, and able to stand, sit, and kneel on the floor.

Date: March 11 - May 31, 2018 (no class April 1st or May 13th)
Time: Sundays, 9 AM - 10 AM
Cost: $12/class (1st class is $10 for new students)

Please click here for more details and to register.

Whether or not you are able to join us for class, I invite you pull out your journals and spend some time reflecting on the following questions:

  • Are there areas in your life that you know you need to release to God (Higher Power, Creator, etc.) that you have been holding onto?
  • What is preventing you from letting go?

As you reflect on these questions, I encourage you to be gentle with yourself no matter what the response. This is not a time for judgement or harsh criticism. It is simply a time to reflect and sink a bit deeper into self understanding and unconditional compassion.

If you feel comfortable I invite you to share what was revealed to you along with one step you’re going to take today to begin to release that thing from your life.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wishing you more peace & joy than your heart can hold.


P.S. I’d love to have you join us in the studio beginning Sunday, March 11th for YogaFaith “Living Surrendered”. For more information and to register, please click here.

The Yoga Teacher Chronicles: Year 1, Month 1

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“What makes you vulnerable also makes you beautiful.” - Brene Brown

Welcome to the first edition of The Yoga Teacher Chronicles, where I share the lessons I’m learning as a first-year Christian yoga teacher. I will share the good, the bad, and the ugly of this process of growing into an effective yoga teacher. Learning how to live my faith both on and off the mat.

At the time of writing this I am a little bit more than a month into my journey as a Christian yoga teacher and it has definitely been an adventure! The one thing I know for sure is that I love it! I’m a teacher by training and at heart and love helping people learn how to nurture their self-care. Being a new a new yoga teacher, brings a mix of anxiety and excitement. There is a lot to figure out and a ton to learn! Because of this, I thought it might be nice to share some of the lessons I’ve learned in month 1 of this journey.

Lesson 1: Having a Written Plan Increases Teaching Confidence

I am a planner by nature. I tend to plan and over plan and over think! As a result, I knew it would be best for me to create written class plans to help guide my teaching. Having these plans has helped me stay on track as well as increased my confidence when adjustments needed to be made on the fly.

My initial goal as a new yoga teacher is to help my students have a safe and effective practice. Having a written plan helps me provide them with this. As I continue to gain experience and confidence in my teaching, I know I won’t need to rely on them as much. For now however, they are super helpful!

Lesson 2: Teaching More Makes it Easier to Share

I am not the greatest when it comes to telling other people what I’m doing. I’m that person who the day before an event will do an “oh by the way did you know…?” This strategy is very successful if you don’t want people to show-up to your events. It’s not so good however, if you’re a business owner with classes and products to sell; but I’m working on it! 😊

I’ve noticed that with each class taught, I’ve became more comfortable letting people know that I’m a yoga teacher. In business the word for this is “marketing.” However, because I seem to have a strange reaction to this word, I like to reframe it as “sharing.” The reality is that this is exactly what marketing is about. Sharing new resources, ideas, classes, etc. with others that they might feel inspired to try for themselves. I am excited by the changes I’ve seen in myself since I’ve started practicing yoga. I have no doubt that as I continue to teach, sharing will become more natural for me.