You Can do Yoga: Series

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I’ve heard so many people say that they can’t do yoga because _____Insert excuse here___.

This series is to show you that yoga is for everyone. It builds strength, flexibility and balance. There are many modifications so that everyone, even brand new to exercise, can participate. Beyond exercise, yoga has deeper meaning that can bring you peace and a deeper relationship with God.

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I started yoga about 6 years ago, just for the postures, rather than the spiritual side. My practice never really went further than that, the few seconds I held a pose.

Weight lifting resistance training has simply never worked for me. It’s how I’ve gotten a few injuries and no matter what I did or didn’t do, I never seemed to gain strength.

Between then and now, I’ve had many injuries, lost a lot of strength, have gotten a busier schedule and suffered from chronic pain.

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I have every excuse imaginable to not do yoga but God guided me back as a way to rehab my body and also grow my relationship with him. I started my foundation all over again, this time not focusing on the postures or body image, but connecting with God through prayer, meditation and surrender. My practice, body and spirituality has been completely transformed.

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I have gained and retained more strength in a few months of yoga then I ever have with any other type of exercise or physical therapy program. My flexibility has increased, not even trying to increase it. My relationship with God has grown beyond what I could have imagined and I enjoy my prayer time daily.

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A small amount of yoga with surrender and focus on God, DAILY (consistently), is better than a large amount randomly.

Sometimes my practice is 10 minutes sometimes its 75 minutes, but meeting God at my mat daily, is what brings change in my life.

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I know that if my very injured, weak body can improve, yours can too. When I tell people about yoga, I often get a bunch of excuses, mostly from people who probably read the title and skimmed through because they said, well that’s nice for you but I can’t do yoga. But listen, YOU CAN!

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We think, feel and act, based off of what our minds tell ourselves. Our self talk influences us, negatively and positively.

In order to become the happy people we are designed to be we need to:

  1. Locate misbeliefs
  2. Remove them
  3. and replace misbeliefs with the truth

2 Corinthians 10:5 (NLT)

 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

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The next 5 posts will examine common thoughts (#1) and shine truth (#2 and #3) on them.

  • You can do yoga: with a busy schedule
  • You can do yoga: if you lack strength and flexibility
  • You can do yoga: with injuries and chronic pain
  • You can do yoga: with a tight budget
  • You can do yoga: just start!

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Resources: Telling yourself the truth: find your way out of depression, anxiety, fear, anger and other common problems by applying the principles of misbelief therapy. by William Backus and Marie Chapian.

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