About Christ-Centered Yoga
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a discipline for release and healing. The classical Indian Sanskrit word for yoga is yug, which translates into yoke or union.
The system of yoga is a whole-body approach that connects the body through postures, the mind through concentration and meditation, and the Spirit with the breath.
This method is practiced widely for better health, the prevention of disease, alignment, better posture, relaxation, joint and bone health, as well as blood flow.
Yoga is a vehicle for self-discovery and incorporated into one’s daily life, whether you are a Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, or Atheist.
What is Christian, Christ-centered (CCY), or Holy Yoga?
As a person of faith, I have chosen to add a Christ-centered philosophy to my yoga practice.
Out of the overflow of the heart, we worship the Lord our God, with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
This is a tangible way to yoke with the unforced rhythms of His grace and rest, care for the body, the temple, the Spirit’s dwelling place, the gift He gave us.
It is God-love, body prayer, worship, and intimate surrender to His presence and power. At the same time, it is self-love, awareness and breath, physical movement, and stillness.
It is an intentional time to tune in to what your body speaks and needs, to create space for silence and healing, to remember who you are, His child, and how divinely He created you.
CCY is also a release of tension; it produces a relaxation response, improves circulation, flexibility, and boosts the immune system.
Christian Yoga is also a community of heart-centered women and men who believe in the power of each other’s connected-ness.
Healthy bodies are essential to your personal growth, overall well-being, and relationships. When we’re energetic and joyful, we care for others with ease over the exhaustion.
We must fill up to effectively pour out.
What does it mean to live Christ-centered?
Place Your Life Before God
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2 The Message
God, the Creator of the universe, intentionally made us in His image out of His breath and dust. He formed us with physiological and emotional aspects of the body’s organs. Biological molecules, muscular, skeletal, and perfectly orchestrated complex systems all working in harmony.
Most importantly, God created us with an eternal soul. We are an incredible and inconceivable masterpiece, and God is the craftsman! You are His child, His treasure, a new creation, a place where His Spirit lives, a messenger to the world, and He loves you.
You are amazing because He is amazing! There is something intrinsically valuable in discovering and embracing this. It changes you; it has changed me. It gives you an identity, a purpose, hope, and a future. It means He cares about every facet of your being, to be in a remarkable relationship with Him and others.
When you open to His more significant thoughts and ways, you’ll see you are destined to make something beautiful of the life the Lord has given you.