The majority of my Yogis for Yeshua classes are donation-based as I am trying to keep prices low so all who desire, can attend. I am finding that many yoga studios as well as recreation centers are not interested in Christian yoga or their prices (yoga studios) are really high usually starting at $18.00 per class. Sometimes I charge a fee if I’m hosting an ongoing series in order for people to make a real commitment to come each week, but these prices are still low. I love yoga and all it does for my mind, body and spirit and I want to make it accessible to all.
I consider myself a Yogi for Yeshua (Christ’s Hebrew Name), but that has more to do with how I desire to live (a lifestyle that honors and obeys Yah (Abba Father) rather than following a set of religious ideologies. I believe that practicing yoga extends far beyond one particular tradition. The disciplines used in practicing yoga can enhance your faith or life in general. Just from a scientific perspective, study after study attests to the health benefits of yoga to reduce stress and reduce symptoms associated with many chronic and degenerative diseases. Many later find, sometimes as a byproduct, the mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits as well. Yoga is one of the only exercises that integrates the mind, body, emotions, and spirit, which tend to pull us in many opposite directions to fulfill their own needs. Through yoga, which means “yoke” or “union” we unite the diverse aspects of our whole self which creates a peaceful union within.
Here is the definition I found for the word “yogi.” You will see that it has little to do with yoga but expounds the virtues of Yeshua who we should all desire to emulate (the fruits of the spirit):
“Fearlessness, purity of heart, perseverance in acquiring wisdom and in practicing yoga, charity, subjugation of the senses, performance of holy rites, study of the scriptures, self-discipline, straightforwardness; Non-injury, truthfulness, freedom from wrath, renunciation, peacefulness, non-slanderousness, compassion for all creatures, absence of greed, gentleness, modesty, lack of restlessness; Radiance of character, forgiveness, patience, cleanness, freedom from hate, absence of conceit…”
What makes my classes Christ-centered are that I begin all yoga classes with prayer, reading the Psalms, and each class is centered around a Biblically-based lesson as we move through the poses. We also have prayer requests at the end of class, and pray for any needs of the students. There fore, it is more than fitness but a ministry. My goal is for participants to bond and create a support system of love and concern.
Last week my topic for the class was “Our Body is the Temple of God.” In this lesson I used scripture to share the importance taking care of our bodies because it houses the Holy Spirit! When one member suffers the whole body suffers, so if our minds are thinking negatively or we’re eating lots of junk food, it’s going to impact our spirit and we can’t fully express Yah (God) through us.
I teach a gentle type yoga for all fitness levels that focuses on the breath with the goal to integrate the mind, body, and spirit under the authority of Yeshua. It is also wonderful for building strength, flexibility, and toning the body, especially as we get older. It’s much more gentle than working out at the gym.
Yogis for Christ Christian Yoga classes integrates various yoga styles that incorporates the breath as our foundation to energize and relax the body as well as quiet the mind.
- Prayer, Song, and Scripture
- Asana Practice
- Closing Prayer
Most classes are 1 hour 15 minutes