Recently, while hiking in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, my wonderful sister-in-law came up with a challenge for the rest of our group. Describe yourself in seven words. Seven measly words. Now, I am a fan of the adjective, so this was a big task for me. But I had some fun with it and gave it my best shot. Ready? Here are those seven measly little words that describe me: Journeying toward holiness on the human highway.Pretty simple. Now that I think about it, it’s more like I am journeying with Jesus as he walks along this human highway with me, chatting it up just like a best friend would do, right? (I know. I just broke the seven word rule.) So I am simultaneously moving with him and toward him, learning to love and accept that I am perfectly flawed, healing at every moment that I spend with him, and best of all, I am FULLY ALIVE!In the tenth chapter of the Gospel of John, vs. 10, Jesus told his disciples that he didn’t just come to give them life, but he came to give them Abundant Life. A blessing cup filled and overflowing the rim. That’s pretty juicy, if you ask me. Hey, life is tough, and I want to find as much joy and abundance in my time here on earth as is divinely possible in my human state. And that is where following Jesus comes in.
So then, why Yoga?
Just a few years ago I found myself on a yoga mat for the first time since college. There was an instant connection between my body, mind, and spirit and I had a sense that there was a profound reason why this awakening was taking place. My mat became a holy space, a place where I went into a deep internal silence where my intimacy with Christ was able to grow. Setting an intention each time before beginning, my practice became a prayer offering, sometimes for myself but often for someone in my life who I knew needed to feel the peace of Christ at that moment. I longed to share what was happening to my prayer life through my practice of yoga with others, and to give others the opportunity to live a more abundant lifestyle by improving their physical, emotional and spiritual health. It became clear over the next months that after 28 years of being a group fitness instructor, my repertoire was going to expand to include teaching yoga. But not just any yoga,Yahweh Yoga, a Christ centered approach to the age old practice of yoga, offering Christians the complete body, mind, and spirit connection with Christ as the focus. I found myself smack-dab in the middle of God’s will for my life. A new journey had begun. And I am glad that you will be joining me on that journey. Let’s get going! Stretch for the heavens!- Sherri