Yesterday morning, I headed downstairs for my morning workout.
Nothing out of the ordinary.
I got through my Jillian 30 Day Shred and decided I wanted to do a few minutes of yoga.
I have gone through 3 or 4 different yoga dvds so I know the basics.
After being inspired by Mandy at She Breathes Deeply to use yoga as a tool of worship, I wanted to experience it for myself.
(Side note: I love Mandy. We have quite a lot in common--namely our love of God, husband, and yoga.)
Mandy talks about the Holy Yoga program and she's mentioned putting some instructional videos on her blog--I can't wait)
I put in one of my favorite worship soaking cds by Rita Springer.
I started stretching and trying to develop my own flow of poses.
Before I knew it I had gone through 4 songs and spent 40 minutes worshiping through yoga.
It was the most incredible experience.
I sang, I listened, I closed my eyes, I prayed, I cried, I worshiped--
all while doing yoga--doing my body good.
I look forward to making this a regular part of my lifestyle.
Relaxing and refocusing--particularly on my Jesus--is such an important part of life to a person like me.
I have the propensity to worry and stress, so much so that I often don't even know I'm stressed.
But these emotions present themselves in physical ways in headaches and tension and tightness--none of which are ways to use my body to be a worthy temple for God.
So yoga can stretch me--physically and emotionally and spiritually.
It is a tool--a powerful tool--that God can use to allow me to connect with Him in every aspect of my being.