“We are born with two broken legs and told to play the Superbowl! We don’t have a shot without Jesus!” – Brooke Boone
Why is Jesus a part of Yoga for me?
Because without Him, it seems pretty pointless. Yes, there are the physical benefits and quieting your mind for meditation is good for stress relief. But if you ask me, without Jesus, it will be minimally effective in causing lasting change in your life. There is so little I am capable of accomplishing in my life without God. And even if I manage to do it for a while, I will eventually burn out. What will keep me going?
It is the Word of God that inspires me to keep going. It is His presence in my life that keeps me coming back to my mat. When I need to be quiet and listen, I come to my mat and I spend time listening to the Lord in the silence. When my body needs to move, I can flow on my mat in worship of Him. He can teach me in the challenge, as I build strength in my body, He can show me strength in my soul. As I surrender to a pose, I can learn to surrender to Him more fully. Yes, Jesus is in all of Yoga for me.
But the body is not important. Why spend time worshipping through Yoga?
If the body is not important, I want to ask you, why does the evil one use it to tempt us? If it is not important, why did God give us one, why does fasting matter, why did Jesus come in one? No, the body is not supreme, but it does matter.
Isn’t Yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It is a spiritual practice. Much like fasting, prayer and spending time in the Word. Other religions use it, just as they use fasting, prayer, and reading of their religious texts. It is a tool that can be redeemed for the glory of God and used to enhance your spiritual walk. It may not be a practice for you, just as not every Christian fasts, but I believe with my whole heart that it can be used to worship God.
May Jesus reign over all areas of your life. May he be in the getting up and lying down, in the work you do and in your rest, in your relationships both easy and challenging, in your heart, mind, soul and strength.
Hymn of St. Patrick
Christ be with me and within me
Christ behind me and before
Christ beside me and to win me
Christ to comfort and restore
Christ beneath me and above me
Christ in quiet and in danger
Christ in hearts of all that love me
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger
“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Genesis 28:15