On Saturday I had the honor to assist in the amazing Sole to Soul Yoga Workshop. If you didn't get a chance to attend, please allow your soul, your soles, and yourself the opportunity to, next time. We laughed and we cried: it was a roller coaster of emotion, worship, stretching and learning. This was definitely my kind of "retreat." Rather than sitting in a chair, simply listening to a speaker all day, we could invite the Holy Spirit into our entire beings with movement on our mats. It was great!
One of my students admitted that although she enjoyed yoga as a physical practice, she worried if it was "right" for a Christian. I've heard this many times since I began my yoga journey. Once I had a woman sign up for my class on Meet Up to later let me know her pastor forbade it and that she wouldn't be attending. And in a general sense, I don't get a feeling the local churches are too keen on the idea either.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19)? What does it mean when we are called to meditate on His word? Being healthy and fit is how we maintain the temple and doing a contemplative practice such as Christian stretching is how we merge fitness with meditation. Even the word yoga translates to yoke.
Let your intention be for Christ in all you do! To quarrel over disputable matters such as circumcised vs uncircumcised, meat vs vegetables, Christian yoga vs skiing, is the type of self judgement that divides the church. All sports have been provided by our creator and he wants us to be happy and healthy so we can serve and love others.
So, if you've been holding back on trying Christian yoga because you don't want to jeopardize your position in heaven, don't fret as we focus solely on Christ at Frogpose.