Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I'm done with yoga.  I didn't use my last paid class and I probably never will.  It became clear to my mind to let go of the whole Holy Yoga thang.  I don't even miss it.

For two months my knees became increasingly stiff.  It was affecting my walking and hurt, dang, it hurt.  Oddly, I was still able to do Zumba but not bend my knees, which, there is not much knee-bending in my routines so there ya go.  But I focused on what could be the problem and thought it might be this one particular Zumba routine.  Took out the routine and, voila, slow improvement.  I still can't sit Indian style, but I can do a standing quad stretch so I'm satisfied with that!  Zumba classes are small this winter, five to ten people.  I am blessed to have each woman in my class especially since there are two cheaper Zumba instructors in town.  I'm taking Christmas week off from Zumba classes and will use it to practice some new routines.

Bible study is evolving and growing.  We had seven ladies recently.  One night I did the gospel of John, chapter 15 with the group.  It's about how Jesus is the true vine.  It went so well that during the night it came to me that we ought to go through the whole gospel of John together instead of jumping around the Bible.  They liked the idea and so that's the plan.

I talked so long about John 1-18 (it's a prologue, theological, and history begins in verse 19) last Friday that we didn't even notice the time passing.  I have been terribly worried about talking too much but Mayela said one of the women said she'd like to stay longer.  That gave me such a great boost of confidence.  At least it shows that the talk is absorbing so I must stop fretting about the time, and what others think, and just plan to find the most interesting and important part of whatever section God leads me to study and work on it.  We did two things last week.  One, I had them look up promises in the Bible and we shared them together.  It was a big hit with everyone, and it was wonderful to hear which of God's promises each woman looked up and prayed on during the week.  And for our Bible study I selected plenty of verses to support what I shared (from what I learned) so they can rightly divide the Word for themselves.  That way, listeners are engaged and less passive.  I think.  I hope.

Speaking of books, I'm reading "The Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan, a classic.  It's the most published book in the English language next to the Bible.  It's very good.  I can even see a person in it whom I just met.  I would call her "talkative" from the book.  I've had it for months but just recently picked it up and opened it.  I especially like a section about the "Slough of Despond", a place where people get stuck on their journey.  They get in and can't get out.  They never realize there are steps all around that they can easily climb up and get out but, alas, they cannot see them.  Just like when we're stuck in a depression.  It's dark and murky and appears to be no hope of escape.  But God has foreplanned a way for us to escape - if only we see His way.

I've been praying regularly for Saeed Abedini and his family.  I hope he will be freed to come home soon.  I read that once he was in solitary and when he came out he was shining, like almost glowing.  It was from all the prayers he felt and strength from God.  We serve a great God.  The most powerful God in the universe.  But Saeed is very ill right now from all the beatings they have done.  Obama is inept, ineffectual, and completely impotent as a leader.

But for closing...here comes Thursday.  Next week will be a three day week.  Yay! (I can't end a bad note.)  I have a slight sore throat but I think it's just because I'm tired.
   


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why did you decide to stop Holy Yoga? Was it the driving distance or something else? I'm considering taking the classes and possibly the training.

Liliana said...

No, it wasn't the driving. My husband will drive me anywhere I want to go. I was thinking that since I love the Lord and want to help in the work to spread His grace and truth, maybe Holy Yoga is not the most effective path for me. Fact is, the area here is saturated with yoga already. If I were in California or New York I could find an awesome mentor - one who's different from the rest. You need to experience awesomeness before you can teach it. You can't teach what you don't know. So I think if you can find a class that you love, Christian or not, that has variety and plenty for you to learn, learn it and take the Holy Yoga too.

A few concerns regarding H.Y. came to my mind over time. (I thought on it for fully a year.) Bottom line, I became worried about causing confusion. For example, "Namaste." The concept opposes Christian doctrine. Easy enough to leave it out, but you'd have to explain why you don't use it. People would ask why. And since I come from a Pentecostal background I've become hyper sensitive to "experiential" worship. I think it can become a slippery slope combining it with Holy Yoga and I'm not expert enough to lead a class and ensure it doesn't go in a wrong direction. Then I decided if I am to spend my $$$ I will rather spend it on classes from a seminary rather than Brooke Boon's program. I've always wanted to learn what it is the pastors learn!

So give it thought. Get on your knees about it. I think it could be exceedingly wonderful if you have the right mentor. And you'd have to be very sure that you remain rooted in the Word and not stray from it. Did you sign up for the H.Y. tv? I thought it was just okay. Are you signed up for the H.Y. newsletter? Get immersed in it and see if it feels right to you. Let the Holy Spirit be your guide. I bought a H.Y. tee shirt and it's still one of my favorites. :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Thank you so much for your thoughtful and insightful response. Happy Easter and God bless you. :)