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Jesus said, “I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness.”

John 10:10

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Lenten Yoga Series

Lenten yoga is a unique way to prepare for Holy Week and the celebration of Easter Sunday. Each week we will focus our practices on a spiritual discipline or theme that draws us further along on the Lenten journey.

If it’s been awhile since you have joined us please consider making this embodied prayer a part your lenten practice.

Do you have a friend who has been thinking about trying Fully Alive Yoga? Lent might be a great time to bring them along with you.

Lenten Yoga Series, Week Three: I Went Hiking With Jesus and Oh, My….

I Went Hiking With Jesus and Oh, My.... Let's go on a hike... During Lent we are called to grow closer to God through fasting, almsgiving and prayer.  Of course, there are many, many ways that we can pray, that we can commune with God. One of those ways is to read and...

Lenten Yoga Series, Week Two: The Desert

In Sunday’s gospel, Mark says simply, “The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert and he remained in the desert for forty days.” Have you been to a desert? We have family in Tucson, so I am familiar with the desert in that area. Let me share my observations about this...

Lenten Yoga, Week One: Desiring What God Desires for Me

Our Christian yoga season began last week on Ash Wednesday. For many of us this journey toward spiritual growth may have started with the tradition of having a cross of ashes placed on our forehead and hearing the words “Repent and believe in the gospel”. The ashes...

Welcome to Fully Alive Yoga!

My hope is that you will always find Fully Alive Yoga to be a place where you can just show up as you are and not as how you think you should be. Where you are comfortable practicing in the body God created especially for you and not in the body you wish you had. That you will confidently move and pose in a way that nourishes your own body without striving to move just like everyone else is moving, asking yourself, “how do I feel?” rather than “how do I look?”. This is the essence of listening to your own body, a wonderful discipline that is necessary if you want to be true to yourself and comfortably practice yoga. This discipline of listening to the body is a foundation for learning to listen to the soul.

My hope is also that you will always find Fully Alive Yoga to be the place where you come to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Where you step into the sanctuary of your yoga mat and shut out the world so that you might hear the voice of the Divine Presence. Where Jesus meets each of us in each one gathered here and His word. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.” Jn 10:27

So as we practice allow yourself to breathe, find stillness within, and listen to His voice.

Breath of God, breathe in me.

Why Practice Yoga?

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

Yoga is not something we come to our mats just to do. We don’t practice on our mats just to get it over with or get it done. Despite what the west has done to traditional yoga, yoga was never intended to be just an exercise class or an opportunity to sweat. The word yoga actually means to yoke or to form a union. We know that physically we unite our breath (pranayama) with our movement (asana). Spiritually, we come to our mats to be yoked with the Divine Mystery. The breath and the postures are vehicles to prepare our bodies to relax more deeply into a state of prayer, meditation and rejuvenation. To be present with The Presence.

Again, yoga is not something we just come to our mats to do. Much like our faith, it is a way of life we follow. We practice to unite with and to feel the Presence within, and then we leave our mats and take the Presence out into the world with us, becoming light in the darkness. By taking the time to breathe, stretch, and pray we make ourselves available to become a conduit of healing and peace in this world. We practice both on and off of our mat.

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

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You can breathe, stretch, and pray with us:

Saturdays 9-10 am (At the Fully Alive Studio)

Mondays 7-8 pm (At Christ United Methodist Church)

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