What is Holy Yoga?

You Are Not AloneSo many people ask “What is Holy Yoga?”  Basically Holy Yoga is Christian based yoga, however classes are open to all faiths.  It’s a community where everyone belongs, and you can be yourself.  Rocky Mountain Holy Yoga founded by Lisa Gregor is a part of a much bigger community of approximately 1800 Holy Yoga instructors worldwide!  The “Holy Yoga” movement was originally founded by Brook Boone over a decade ago.  In a broken and hurting world, our goal is to bring healing physically, emotionally and spiritually.  “Holy Yoga” is experiential worship as Jesus instructed in Matthew 22:37 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  The four pillars of the “Holy Yoga” movement are:

  1. Yoga
  2. Community
  3. Christ-centered
  4. A people who live beyond ourselves

For more information about the “Holy Yoga” movement, visit:  Holy Yoga Website

We also have podcasts of meditations:  Holy Yoga Meditations

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What is Chair Yoga?

There are many different types of yoga for all ages and abilities.  Chair Yoga is for those who have difficulty getting up and down off the floor.  Poses are done seated or standing with the support of a wall or chair.  I began teaching Chair Yoga while recovering from a long lasting concussion, and was amazed at how you can achieve most of the same benefits seated or standing, as you can in regular yoga.  Below is a glimpse of what we do in Chair Yoga:

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Change of Plans

2017-11-19

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11

After my house has been for sale over 70 days in a market where most houses sell within a week, I am coming to the conclusion God is telling me I need to stay in the Denver area a little while longer.  Therefore, unless I get an offer by the end of this week, I will be taking it off the market at least until next spring, and settling in for the winter.  With that being said, I am a bit disappointed in that I won’t be moving as quickly on my dream to move to Buena Vista, but excited to stay another winter near so many dear friends I have made here.  I know and trust God will reveal to me the perfect timing in whatever He has in mind for me to do.

I have to share about coming to the conclusion I need to stay a bit longer in Littleton.  As I was trying to make this move happen, I kept running into obstacles.  I finally asked God if the obstacles I was running into was Him telling me it was the wrong time to move, or the wrong location.  I prayed that He speak to me clearly through a dear, trusted friend led by the spirit on our walk the next day.  My friend and I began walking, and without me telling her anything about my concerns and prayer the previous day, she began telling me that she strongly felt maybe the reason my house was not selling was God telling me now was not the right time!  She had also talked to someone who lived in Buena Vista the day before, and from her experience wondered if Buena Vista was the right place to move.  Wow, I thought what an immediate answer to prayer.

I have mixed emotions about the delay.  As I mentioned, I am excited and relieved to settle in my comfortable home among so many dear friends in this area for the winter.  However, I am disappointed to wait on plans to build a new home and yoga studio in the country near beautiful Buena Vista.  I realize God’s timing is the best, and only He knows what the future holds.  Meanwhile, I also realize that we can find contentment and happiness in any situation, as Paul writes in Phil. 4:12 “….I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,….”  This past week I taught a couple classes on the 2nd Niyama, Santosha which means contentment.  As I mentioned in my classes, having a thankful attitude is a huge factor in being content.  I am thankful for my wonderful son, my lovely home (even if no one wants to buy it….I love it!), my precious pets (which were most likely a big factor in no one wanting to buy) and the dear friends I have made.  I am thankful for my dharma, my calling to teach yoga and help others physically, emotionally and spiritually.  There is nothing more satisfying than to hear my students tell me how the class intention inspired them, or how yoga helped them avoid surgery and alleviate pain.  

With the change of plans, I have begun co-teaching a Saturday morning class with a fellow Holy Yoga instructor at Restoration Community Church.  I am also subbing for Yoga Pod, Club USA, Foothills Recreation Centers and my fellow Holy Yoga instructors.  I’ll keep you posted on regular classes (including Chair Yoga!) I will begin teaching.  If you know of a church or venue who would like to host Holy Yoga (including Chair Holy Yoga), please let me know.  I will also be teaching private lessons, and am planning some on-line class series.  

I hope and pray this Thanksgiving finds you with many things to be content and thankful.

Legacy of Love Retreat Recap Oct. 6-8

A sisterhood of 80 lovely, Godly women coming together for fellowship, faith building, learning and fun! Oh yeah….and to practice yoga. 🙂 Lots of laughter and getting out w/ the Creator in His beautifully awesome creation. ♥♥♥♥  Kristin Gibowicz and Amber Jaworski did a great job leading this retreat.  It was structured so a person could participate in as many or few events as they chose.  Make plans to attend next year’s retreat in beautiful Buena Vista, CO at Trail West!

Moving Update

6 acres BV_ 3 elk (1)

As many of you know, I’m in the process of selling my house, buying land and building.  If you know of anyone looking for a house in a good neighborhood near an elementary school, please send them this link:

Lisa’s House for Sale

and contact Betty Streitelmeyer at bastriet@gmail.com.   Meanwhile my land search continues.  With all the restrictions in the Buena Vista area, I am also looking at land surrounding the Denver area, such as Larkspur, Evergreen and Conifer.  Your prayers for God’s guidance in this endeavor are greatly appreciated!

“….seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”  Matthew 7:7

 

 

The Holy Yoga Experience

2017 HY Experience - feet

Yesterday (8/12/17) 88 lovely Holy Yogis in the Denver area participated in the Holy Yoga Experience, and 1200 nationwide!!  Here are some pictures of the fun and fellowship:

mountain pose

Child’s Pose while Kristen read how we are God’s children:

childs pose

Resting in His grace:

Savasana

Adaptation for Chair Yoga was also available:

Chair Option

Stay tuned for another Holy Yoga Experience coming up in October!  🙂

Only 2 More Weeks….

Linesacres Backyard Sunset

As the sunsets in one phase of life, the sun rises to another phase.

Ecclesiastes 3:1  There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

And so it is as I’m preparing to graduate, sell my home, buy land and build vacation rentals and a yoga studio (most likely) in Buena Vista, Colorado!  (I’m looking at land in Buena Vista and Fruita.)  The above picture was taken from my parent’s back yard in Texas, which the sale from their house is partly instrumental in being able to embark upon this dream.  Thanks to my parent’s love and hard work, I hope to use this vacation resort and yoga studio to show Jesus’ love to others, as well as a place of inspiration and peace to those who visit or attend classes.  Your prayers are appreciated for wisdom, God’s guidance and reassurance as I move forward with this dream.

As already mentioned, only 2 more weeks of Tuesday classes, and this Saturday 6/24/17 will be the last Saturday Chair Holy Yoga class.  I will continue to teach the Saturday Morning Flow class at South Fellowship at 8:30 AM through July, with Julie subbing July 8th.  After July another instructor will continue the South Fellowship 8:30 AM class, but it remains to be seen who!  😉  I will keep you posted.  

I have enjoyed leading you in your practice, and will miss each and every one of you!  Come visit me in Buena Vista (or Fruita)!

Yoga + Christianity = Holy Yoga, but is it really Holy?

Obviously I wouldn’t be teaching Holy Yoga if I didn’t truly believe it is blessed by God’s will; however, you may have friends who question if Christians should be participating in yoga.  I am not writing this to persuade anyone one way or another, but offer some background information about yoga most people are not aware of, as well as some thoughts to ponder.  Each person should examine the scriptures, background of yoga, pray about it, and come to their own conclusion.

  • Most people do not realize yoga pre-dates Hinduism and Christianity.  Early cave pictographs show yoga poses dating back over 5,000 years ago.
  • Yoga is a spiritual discipline, similar to prayer, fasting, and meditation.  No religion “owns” yoga.
  • Holy Yoga’s intention or focus is on Jesus Christ as God’s son, the Father God and the Holy Spirit.
  • People do not realize Holy Yoga is a ministry, drawing people in through the modality of yoga to share Christ’s love.  People are coming to Christ through Holy Yoga around the world! It is so exciting to read the numerous stories on our HY Instructors FaceBook site of students coming to Christ.  As Jesus said in Luke 9:49-50 when the apostles reported to Jesus,

“Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”

50 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”

  • I have heard people say that every yoga posture is worship to some other god.  My training consists of both traditional Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) and Holy Yoga Teacher training.  Even in the traditional YTT, I never heard mention of this.  In fact, studying traditional yoga as a Christian since I was 7 years old, just re-confirmed my belief in the Bible, even though some of the instructors were Hindu.  After studying yoga for the past 4 years, the only yoga I personally avoid is Kundalini Yoga because it does not resonate with me.
  • If our intention/focus is on Christ, and we have the Holy Spirit, and if we truly believe the power of the Holy Spirit is greater than all other powers on earth, what do we have to fear?

Food for thought.  Personally I would not be surprised when we all get to Heaven to learn that Jesus himself was a yogi. Mark 1:35 says “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”  We know He was either an early bird, or couldn’t sleep.  Perhaps he was also doing the spiritual practice of meditation and yoga while praying?

Your questions and comments are welcome.  When confronted by those who bad-mouth the practice of this beautiful spiritual discipline, I only share the facts above.  Most critics of Holy Yoga have never experienced a Holy Yoga class, and know not what they are judging.  How can a person judge something they know nothing about?  Perhaps they need to review Matthew 7:1.  If they continue to be argumentative, as Brooke Boon (founder of Holy Yoga) stated in an email recently to all instructors, we do not need to defend yoga because God is our defender.   As 2 Timothy 2:23 says, “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.”  Christians need to learn to agree to disagree.

Worry, Stress, Anxiety and Panic

Grace & EaseMy Mom used to say if you want to learn something – teach it!  I don’t know about y’all, but I need to learn once again how to better use yoga to calm stress with big life changes ahead.  Therefore, I’m beginning a new class series (May, 2017) on how to use meditation, scriptures, yoga and breath (pranyama) to soothe the soul.

I have suffered with bouts of panic since I was 27 years old, and took three medications at times to control it.  Three years ago I conquered panic I thought once and for all using Victorious or Ujjayi Breath.  However, recently recovering from a long lasting concussion, and huge life changes on the horizon, I’m battling the old enemy of fear once again.  Taking my Mom’s advice, I am doing my 500 hour Masters Holy Yoga Thesis on Stress, Anxiety and Panic.  Join me in learning how to combat these negative energies which cause so much harm to the body, increasing cortisol levels which can lead to heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, increased food-seeking behavior and high blood pressure (McCall, 2014).  If you cannot make it to my local classes, I’ll be posting videos to follow along at home.  We can do this!  I did it three years ago, and with God’s help, I will do it again!

Here is a link to an overview of the four class series I taught in May, 2017 to reduce stress:

4 Class Series Overview – Reducing Stress

Reference:

McCall, T. (5/27/2014) Count on Yoga: 38 Ways Yoga Keeps You Fit, Yoga Journal, Retrieved from:  http://www.yogajournal.com/health/1634?print=1 5/8

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