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Thanksgiving Meditation Audio and Script

Bow before your savior today!

Bow before your savior today!

Today is the perfect day to show gratitude. So why not meditate and thank your Savior, the one who has performed the ultimate sacrifice? This meditation uses visualization techniques to take you closer to Jesus and in a place of gratitude for his sacrifice. Play the audio below to get started. If you would like to share this meditation with others the script is also available below: 

Thanksgiving to the cross meditation script: 

Take a comfortable seated position. Place your hands on your knees. Draw your shoulders back and down and close your eyes. Turn your attention to your breath. Notice the quality of the air - is it cold, warm? It the air dry or moist? Notice how you are breathing…. Is your breath shallow or deep?

Without judgment breathe in and out.

Bring the breath to your chest, then upper belly, then lower belly.

Now let the air go from the lower belly, upper belly, and finally the chest.

Continue this three part breath - breathing deep into your belly. Feel your belly raise as you breathe.

As you continue to do this, feel all of the tension leave your body

Feel completely Relaxed.

Bring the breath to your chest, then upper belly, then lower belly.

Now let the air go from the lower belly, upper belly, and finally the chest.

Bring the breath to your chest, then upper belly, then lower belly.

Now let the air go from the lower belly, upper belly, and finally the chest.

Jesus cured ten lepers, but only one came back to show his gratitude and he was blessed. Today we will do a gratitude and kindness meditation to thank God, yourself, and others for all they have done for you.  As we continue to breathe deeply we will first focus our attention to God.

I want you to visualize the face of your savior. Imagine Christ our Lord present before you upon the cross, the sweat and blood dripping upon his face. Visualize the pain he felt giving up his own life for you. Notice the large nails on his wrists and feet. Notice his wounds. As Jesus slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating, fiery pain shot along his fingers and up his arms. You see Him pushing himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, placing His full weight on the nail through His feet. I want you to see Him. Really look at your Savior, giving his life for you and begin to speak to him.

I want you to say to him:

I offer my gratitude for being saved by Your grace.

I offer my gratitude for the blessing of this life I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the measure of health I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the family and friends I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the community I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the teachings and lessons I have been given. 

Take five deep breaths as you visualize a beautiful light connecting your savior and you. Feel the gratitude for him, Feel the gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice He has made.

[pause]

Slowly open your eyes. Jesus tells you: Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.

 

I hope this script and meditation bless you as much as it has blessed me!

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless!

Izabel

 

Holy Yoga for New Years

Kurmasana

Kurmasana

The goal of today's holy yoga class is to rebirth a new self in Christ. As the new year approaches, we will do hip openers as a symbolic exercise of birthing a new self in 2016. The class will work towards a challenging hip opener called kurmasana (or turtle pose). As you take this class, meditate  on Romans 12: 1-2: Think of taking your everyday, ordinary life, your yoga practice, your sleeping, your eating, you everyday work and offering it to God. During practice focus on the following questions:

What will this offering of ordinary things in your life look like for you?

  • What will offering your yoga practice to God look like?
  • What will offering your work to God look like?
  • What will offering your eating to God look like?

What can you improve in your life in the new year so that this offering is even better?

I hope that in the year of 2016 you dedicate your life to Christ. I hope that this is a year of achievements and improvements for you! When we live in Christ and according to His rules, our lives flourish. I hope that the Holy Spirit transforms you this year, and that through Him you are able to find a new self.

Stay Blessed!

Izabel

Thanksgiving Restorative Holy Yoga

Yoga is the practice of being present. In class you learn to remain present through pain, happiness, and emotional breakthroughs. Being present also teaches us to be appreciative and thankful. There is so much that happens in our lives through the actions of others and we may not necessarily realize it or even be thankful. But by practicing presence, we are more likely to notice small actions. We are also more likely to notice the the grace of God in our lives. 

Everyday, unbeknownst to us, the hand of God protects, delivers, and saves us. We may not realize it. We may not see it. But His overwhelming love and protection are present in our every step. Sometimes the biggest deliverance is in the small coincidences, the missed opportunities, a inopportune delay... But these may also be the times when we don't recognize how our Savior is acting in our lives. So, today as we enter Thanksgiving week, I ask you to stop, take a few moments to Thank God for all He has done for you.

I want you to use the sequence in the video as a vehicle to stop, breathe, meditate and just give thanks to your Savior. The class is a restorative practice - you will need it in this rushed and chaotic holiday week. I hope you enjoy it and I pray that God opens your eyes for all of the coincidences unseen.

God Bless you!

How Holy Yoga teacher training rocked my world

The night before retreat, it dawned upon me: I was leaving my babies, my husband, and my life behind to fly half way across America to practice some yoga I had never practiced before, with some woman I had never met. What was I thinking? I convinced myself I shouldn't fly out the next morning, after all my daughter had a cold, I didn't want to wake up early, and how would my family survive without me? 

But then after prayer, I decided it was crazier to spend money on a retreat, then realize you are crazy for going and not go at all. So, the next morning at 5 am I was up and ready to roll. I guess you could say I begrudgingly obeyed the calling of the holy spirit. But boy, am I happy I did... The retreat is covered in prayer and Grace and you can clearly see the Spirit moving in so many different ways. Being here has been truly life changing. It transformed my yoga practice and the way I see my relationship with Jesus. Each day, the experience gets deeper. You learn to use your body to worship. You get addicted to connecting to the holy spirit on your mat. I warn you: It's like crack cocaine (disclaimer: I have never actually had crack cocaine). 

I was grouped with an amazing group of 10 beautiful yogis and a caring small group leader. The grouping was random, but nothing is random to the Almighty. All of us came from a catholic faith background and related in so many levels.  Even though we barely knew each other when we came in this week, I have opened up to these women in ways I never had to anyone before. I store the bad stuff away and never talk about it, but here I was led by our kind group leader to dig deep. Digging deep, I realized how much God had acted in my life. How much he has put me through a metamorphosis. 

And then there is the amazing yoga instruction. Being an ashtangi, I am very picky with yoga classes that are not ashtanga. I have always believed Ashtanga to be the holy grail of yoga, the ultimate sequence. But, here you get on your mat and you open your heart in worship with your body and soul. You let the holy spirit in through breath work and fiery asanas. This yoga has me floored. There was a particular class with Jonnie I will never forget. I had a very intimate encounter with the holy spirit on my mat. I was sweaty, crying, and overwhelmed with connection. He spoke to me. At the end of practice, a person next to me I had never met was in tears. She said: "When you prayed I heard two voices. So I looked over at you, and I saw a being of light involving you in prayer, praying alongside you." It was uncanny. 

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Then came Brooke's  power yoga class. Have you ever been to a pentecostal revival? Now picture a yogi pentecostal revival.... That's what Brooke's class is like - a class full of fire and life, probably unlike any other yoga class you have ever been to. Brooke's class made me see that there are other amazing styles out there, that there is life outside of the box of Ashtanga yoga, that there is freedom, and fun. Brooke's class is probably the best yoga class I have ever taken in whole entire life. And, having a 6 day a week practice means I have taken way too many yoga classes. 

And then, there is the church clap.... But, I will let you find that one out for yourself.... 

Yes, God moves here. You see it everywhere, with you, and your peers. You see transformation, you see catharsis. If you are Christian and a yogi, I highly recommend you come here. If you are not Christian and a yogi, I recommend it even more. Holy yoga is legit. Holy yoga retreat is metamorphic. Holy yoga friends are sisters. This week will forever be in my heart.