Molly vs Yoga

So I have really fallen for yoga.

I danced competitively as a kid, and gained a lot of flexibility through doing so. I loved the long lines my body could create. Stretching, whether in dance or later on through various sports, was oddly one of my favorite parts of practice. It actually feels good to me (<–this blows many minds) and I like to think of it as the calm before the storm (i.e. before a long run), or a relaxing way to end a hard workout session.

The reason I love yoga is that it incorporates stretching and strengthening through isometric holds, and it is a totally different type of workout; one that reminds me of dance. It’s a good way to mix up your normal workouts, especially if you tend to hone in on one type (i.e. me i.e. running)….

But something about the practice of yoga has bothered me since the beginning: the spiritual aspect. I am not Buddhist. And I know, you don’t have to be, to be a “yogi”, but I have found that many instructors throw in some sort of spiritual aspect to the class that leaves me a bit uncomfortable. I am still pretty new to yoga, and want to learn more, but this part of my journey with the exercise always makes me stop and think.

Now I know what you’re thinking: just ignore that part of the class. Get in the workout and don’t mind the Buddhist conversion 😉  However, I am a Christian, and I will only practice Christian principles, not any other religion.

I am the furthest from perfect and I don’t live out the Christian life 100% of the time. But I am 100% Christian. No room for other religions, sorry I’m not sorry!

I believe yoga makes me physically stronger and leaner, it makes me take a deep breath (literally) and remove myself from all the craziness that goes on with life. It gets me to focus on the now, and I find I am able to block out the millions of thoughts that run around in my head all day. I also think I’m kinda good at it, and hey, that helps 😉 … But I don’t believe it can end my suffering or reach nirvana or any of the sort… I believe you can only do things through Christ, not all by your own doing {Phil 4:13}

I use savansana (aka corpse pose, done at the end of the class) as a lil prayer sesh, instead of leaving my mind completely blank and open and vulnerable… I focus my mind on what I want to chat about with the Big Man instead. It’s relaxing, quiet, and kind of a perfect setting for that!

Some may consider a yoga class their home or their church, but I refer to it simply as a studio; one that makes my muscles feel relaxed, strengthens to the core, and leaves me with a positive attitude. Now who doesn’t need more of that in their life?

I want to get better and stronger at yoga, and I want to share that with you, too! (Be prepared for posts of me twisting myself all weird) Just wanted you to be clear on where I stand with the practice.

Namaste, (no I’m kidding, I’m kidding, just Sincerely or something),


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