Saturday, 30 October 2010

Jumping on the Yoga Debate Bandwagon

My first experience with yoga was with my dad in high school. My dad went to yoga class every week, and so I tagged along one day to see what it was like. We laid out our mats in the back of the room and began the class...and I can honestly say that is the most I have ever laughed in a fitness gym. I constantly fell over and knocked into my dad. My shirt kept coming up over my head. My muscles were so tight I could barely make my body even slightly resemble the crazy pretzel people in the room. And when the instructor told us to allow and imagine our kidneys floating up into the sky, I lost it. I laughed so hard that my dad even started laughing. We got in trouble.

Now I do yoga with a good friend of mine using Baron Baptiste DVDs. I can honestly say that yoga is one of the best workouts for someone with as many joint issues and injuries that I have. I can also honestly say that concentrating and focusing on the poses and my breathing (it's Vinyasa yoga - it means "with breath") has made focusing on daily tasks much easier. And believe it or not, I think yoga is even beneficial to my marriage.

Over the past few weeks I have seen more little blips on my computer screen pertaining to yoga. The first was a Yahoo! article that asked "Should Christians do Yoga?"...I don't remember if it ever came a conclusion or not. Since then I have talked with several people about the issue and read articles with opposing viewpoints. I believe the main concerns Christians have with yoga are that originally it was meant as a form of worship to the Hindu gods, it was a form of prayer, and many forms of yoga encourage the participant to empty their minds...all things that go directly against Scripture. In America today, however, yoga is simply marketed as a relaxing exercise which strengthens and tones the body and the mind. So then what is it?

I do see the very valid concerns of critics. I believe in the one true Almighty God and none other. He alone is worthy of any form of praise or worship. He alone is worthy of prayer. And the whole emptying your mind thing is simply foolish and even dangerous. We are told to guard our hearts and our minds (Philippians 4:7), not to just empty them and allow anything to enter in!

I do firmly believe that we need to be careful. We need to pray about things. We need to check things with Scripture - does it line up? I also believe that most (not all) evil things are good things that Satan has perverted. I believe that there is nothing evil about stretching our bodies or maintaining poses that work on our strength, flexibility, and concentration. But I believe that stretching our bodies and maintaining poses in worship of ANYTHING or anyone other than the Lord God Almighty is evil.

I also believe that there still are yoga classes and yoga practices that stay very true to their roots. I believe we need to make wise and informed choices. I believe we need to check our hearts and continue to lift them up in prayer to the Lord. Continue to pray that He reveals truth to us. I think it's very possible that yoga is just what you make it.

As of right now, I don't believe my overall opinions on yoga have changed. I will most likely still do yoga with my friend as a form of exercise. I believe that, being filled with the Holy Spirit, I would feel convicted while doing yoga if it was wrong. If and when asked to clear my mind, I will continue to fix my thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. To think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable, and to think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8). And I will continue to thank the Lord for giving me a healthy body that is able to stretch and grow stronger.

And you know, I am open to discussion. I love to hear the opinions of others, even if they differ from mine. And I promise you that if you offer your opinion, I will listen and think it over; I will not quickly dismiss it.

So talk to me. Tell me what you think.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

It's the Most Busiest Time of the Year!

That goes well with the Christmas tune, right? I think so. Never mind the blatantly incorrect grammar.

Well, folks...for the month of October I was officially transported from the realm of the blogging world to the world of non-stop guests and groups (meaning non-stop work!). I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (it's so close!) and I am excited!

Don't get me wrong - having all these groups here has been fantastic! I have met so many fantastic people and heard some pretty incredible stories. Some of them are downright hilarious and I laughed the whole time they were here! I have thoroughly enjoyed working with every group that has come out here this month.

It's just...I'm exhausted!

My final group of the month leaves tomorrow around lunch time and then I will get some rest (when I finish the work day)! I haven't had a day off in over 10 days at this point (I did get a half day this past Monday, but I ran some camp errands with Matt)! And let's face it - when I sleep 7 hours a night but am still having a hard time keeping my eyes open at 10 AM...I need some rest!

We were even so busy that Matt and my 2 month anniversary went by without either of us thinking about it! Oops.




Sunday, 10 October 2010

Just Call Me Finn...

I decided this afternoon that I would take a "Which Glee Character Are You?" quiz. This is funny for a few reasons:

1. I have never seen an episode of Glee. Ever.

2. I had no idea what the possibilities were.

3. I don't really fully know what my results mean.

So. Me being this good or bad?
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