rooting into God’s word.
turning off some distractions.
focusing on His callings on my life.
I’ve been asked a few times now what my Holy Yoga practice looks like. I think we all have to find our own perfect practice and, while that takes a bit of work and sometimes has to evolve as our days change, I’ve found a routine that works for me.
Ideally, mine would be first thing in the morning…but I’m having some insomnia issues…which are leading to some waking up late issues…which means I try to get it in before lunch.
Like so many other things, it’s a work in progress.
Here’s what my time on that mat at home generally looks like:
Turn on the laptop and bring up a gentle practice from The Light Banner. I am loving these monthly practices, especially the gentle ones that are about half an hour. I also use the DVD’s available on the Holy Yoga site twice a week for a longer practice as my daily schedule allows.
I turn on the Pandora or Spotify app on my phone. I love having worship music to practice to and find that my yoga practice has become as much an act of praise as singing in church on Sundays.
Because I just finished the immersion portion of Holy Yoga instructor training, I’m really trying to focus on engagement and alignment. Honestly, it’s not easy, especially when I’m also listening to the teaching on the video and working to remember what I learned about poses in my classes…SSRS, spirals, lines of energy…add in the background worship music…and my brain gets a little crowded in there sometimes.
And I lose my balance.
Less than I used to.
But still more than most.
Sometimes, it’s best to just let go and let the Lord lead.
At the end of the video, I hit pause before the final prayer or meditation. I’m focusing on one or two poses and really working to grow in them each month. I go through each pose a few times, in a more concentrated way than I do in my practice and remain in the pose for 4 or 5 breaths. I’m also pulling out some of my instructional books and information, and even looking up tutorials on YouTube. This month’s focuses are chaturanga and cow face pose – both are poses that open up my super tight shoulders and that’s something I know I need to work on.
From there, I turn the video on again and finish in corpse pose. I love this time to just lay on my mat and tune into what God is saying to me in the moment, or to reflect on what He’s bringing to my attention. This is probably the most consistent quiet time with the Lord I’ve had in my entire Christian walk. It’s a time when He can pour into me His words, His teachings and sometimes corrections and admonitions.
I spend a few more minutes on my mat, usually in a simple seated position, as I work to understand and practice Christian meditation. Right now, I’m finding that using a breath prayer works well, either the Jesus prayer or a short Scripture verse.
Altogether, it’s anywhere from half an hour to an hour or so of my day.
An hour that continually draws me closer to the peace and purpose the Lord has had waiting for me, while He fills me to overflowing with His love and joy.
It’s become an integral part of my walk with Jesus and one that I’m so incredible thankful He’s brought to me.
Yesterday we built an IKEA bed. It turned out great, but one board is upside down. Doesn’t seem to be too much of an issue…I hope.
And we bought a new laptop, with Windows 8. I’m cursing it and liking it all at the same time. I think I’ll get there eventually.
And I changed the theme around here. I still can’t figure out how to add in my social networking links. A few more changes to go, but I’m liking it.
My brain isn’t used to all of this!
It’s been a while, hasn’t it.
I’ve had a lot of blog posts started…but they can’t seem to make it out of my head.
Thanks to a new laptop (thank you, tax return!), that can finally change.
Today has been a day of rearranging and building and figuring out. It’s not all done quite yet. There’s only so much figuring out a girl can do in one day and I’m happy to leave the rest for tomorrow.
Monday, I’ll have a new menu plan and we’ll see what happens from there. The focus right now is on the Daniel Plan (my own gluten-free version), Holy Yoga and going deeper in my faith. I’m planning to get posts up this week on each of them – a sort of I am here on each.
It’s been a long, long season of wanderings and I’m happy to be back to my little online home.
I love the holidays.
Really, I do.
I cherish the family time, enjoy the pageantry, like the cookies…but it’s exhausting.
Add to it a stomach virus a few days before Christmas and a head cold a few days after, and I’m kind of ready for life to get back to normal.
And it will be.
I’m back at the 21 Day Sugar Detox on Monday.
Homeschooling is gearing back up.
I started my Holy Yoga 9 week instructor immersion.
I picked my One Little Word for 2014 – stretch – and in the past four days, the Lord has stretched me incredibly.
I’m planning to begin regular posts again this next week…assuming my computer and wordpress decide to play nice. The Pastor thinks it would be a good idea to wipe it all clean and start over, and he’s usually right in this sort of situation.
I do have a list of posts ready to go – my 21 DSD meal plans, a great paleo zuppa toscana soup, some thoughts on peace, food storage ideas at more – and I think I’m finally going to be able to get to them.
It’s the season of good intentions when it comes to blogging.
But not a lot of action.
We’re in the midst of the Christmas crazies.
A few more days of homeschooling before we take a break.
A few more big events before the big day.
And so many big events behind us.
This new area we live in? It lives and breathes Christmas. We’ve had light parades, Santa drove down Main Street to light the town tree, lots of family visiting, a big crafts and cookies and Santa event at church, Las Posadas…
…and, friends, it snowed.
This holiday season has been truly magical and I am breathing in every single moment of it.
Thankfully, the shopping is done. I’m still waiting for a few orders to arrive, but the stressful part is over.
I plan to do some baking, there’s a little gingerbread village waiting to be decorated, and I’m contemplating toffee.
Our days are very, very full – in the very best way – but by the time we finish dinner, I’m done.
I have a few more posts planned to get in before the end of the year. I think I’ve settled on my one little word focus for 2014 and I will write up my complete experience with the 21 Day Sugar Detox after I finish it next week.
Other than that, it will be quiet.
I pray your holiday season is one filled with joy and love!
I spent about an hour yesterday typing up a lovely post about the 21 Day Sugar Detox and my experiences so far on it.
And then WordPress ate not only the post, but all of the saved drafts.
Let’s try it again.
I knew – after a Thanksgiving weekend that left me looking like I was in my third trimester of pregnancy and my failed attempt at “clean eating”. I did do a mini Whole30 in November, but it wasn’t enough.
I remembered the 21 Day Sugar Detox ebook I’ve had sitting on my computer for probably a year and a half now.
I pulled it up, read it through and decided to go for it.
I’m so glad I did.
I’ve done three Whole30′s. It’s an incredible program that serves it’s purpose so very well. If you’re looking for something to really shake you up and help you figure out food sensitivies, it’s absolutely 100% the way to go.
But here’s why I’m really liking the 21 DSD so far:
How do I know this 21 Day Sugar Detox is doing what it’s supposed to? I’ve made three big batches of sugar cookies in the past few days for different events, and I haven’t been tempted in the least. That’s impressive.
And – for me – unheard of!
My 21 days ends just before Christmas. I’m going to give myself a little extra grace as we travel and celebrate time with family, but I’m planning to start another one on January second (there’s also going to be a big group through the official Facebook page starting on the sixth…I think). I’d like to lose about 10 more pounds from where I am now and I think the rest of this one plus another round will get me there.
After that, there are a few modifications I’ll make for the long term. More fruit variety will be the first thing I do (though I don’t miss it nearly as much as I thought I would), and a bit of unrefined sugars like raw honey, pure maple syrup and palm sugar for baking.
Want to join me in January? There’s a new 21 Day Sugar Detox book in print, along with a companion cookbook. I haven’t gotten my hands on either yet, but they’re on my Christmas list and I know anything by Diane Sanfilippo is top notch.