I pray that God, who gives peace, will make you completely holy. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept healthy and faultless until our Lord Jesus Christ returns.
-1 Thessalonians 5:23, CEV
A friend of mine who attended a session of Holy Yoga 101 recently shared how her time in class affected her both in class and in the days following. As she finished sharing she leaned in and said, “I don’t mean to sound new age-y, but it was a holistic experience.” Here’s the thing: the new age movement should not have the market cornered on holistic practices.
In the beginning, God created our universe to be flawlessly balanced and integrated. Human beings were in perfect relationship with animals, their surroundings, one another, and themselves. There was nothing fragmented, neglected, or disintegrated until sin was introduced by Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. Ever since we have struggled in our own power to correct what we ruined. We know at a cellular level that something is not as it was intended. We long for reintegration and restoration. The good news is that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection purchased that restoration, and friends…it was holistic.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 instructs us to glorify God with our body. Mark 12:30 says we must love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Romans 12:1-2 tells us to present our bodies as living sacrifices and be transformed by the renewing of our minds. I could go on. It’s clear God is concerned with not just our spirits, but with all the parts of our disintegrated-by-sin selves. It seems to me a holistic approach to worship, one that engages our body, mind, and spirit, would be far more common than it presently is in Christian circles.
Holy Yoga is just that: an approach to worship that engages all facets of our being at once. It is an opportunity to offer our bodies to the Lord, to glorify Him through movement, to pour our love out on our Father from our mat, to renew our minds through scripture meditation and worship music, and to trade our racing thoughts for quietness. My hope is to introduce this community to this experiential form of worship and watch as it facilities stronger faith, restful minds, and restored believers.
Would you join me? Information on current classes can be found here.