Embracing Trinity: The Practice of Yoga
Written by Dr. Anna R. Johnson, ND/CNS, Certified Yoga Instructor
Merging Mind, Body, and Spirit Through Yoga
The ancient practice of yoga is one of the few things in life that engages the three parts of our being, our "trinitarian" self, if you will, made in the image of God Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (we are mind, body, and spirit). Through practicing yoga, we are actively and consciously engaging our bodies, renewing our minds (when making Scripture and/or Christ our focal point during meditation), and revitalizing our spirits. Yoga, like anything, can be a form of worship, and unlike other forms of worship unto The Lord, one that uniquely and beautifully engages all three parts of us as human beings, created in the image of Creator God.
Yoga is the ultimate practice or acceptance and surrender: accepting ourselves and our lives as they are, and surrendering control of our lives and selves unto God, by surrendering to our practice, and ceasing striving to control that pattern and flow it follows, allowing instead to flow with our practice. Listening to our bodies during our yoga practice translates into listening to the Holy Spirit (who speaks to us through our bodies) in our daily lives, making the practice of yoga a foundational and essential part of growing in our relationship with and submission to Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior over our lives.
Yoga is not about getting in a good workout, nor is it about doing fancy poses or "being the best." Yoga is about letting go: releasing our fears, doubts, insecurities, and failures unto the gracious God of the universe, and receiving His forgiveness, rest, restoration, strength, and empowerment, all of which we obtain by engaging mind, body, and spirit through the practice of yoga.
Make your practice your own--there's no right or wrong way to do yoga. If you're not sure where to begin, watch the videos below to get a feel for it (and be sure to check out the "Postures of Prayer in Yoga" download, also below). Whatever poses you do and don't do, and whenever and wherever you fit your practice in, if you're moving in a way that your soul is leading you to, and breathing deeply so as to connect with your true self, as created by God, you're nurturing mind, body, spirit and soul, and growing closer to Your Creator. This is Y O G A.
Postures of Prayer in Yoga Downloadable PDF