I began my journey with yoga back in 2006 when I was pregnant with orders to be very careful with my body and was unable to walk unassisted. Through yoga, I was able to regain my mobility and independence. Fast forward 12 years, I decided I wanted to use my love of yoga to help others. I chose to get my certification through Holy Yoga because it allows me to maintain Christ and my worship as my focus. I was immensely grateful for the opportunity to get intimate with yoga without compromising my relationship with the Lord. Through the modality of yoga, I have discovered a closeness with my Father that I had never before experienced, plus time to intentionally meditate on His Word, and the opportunity to practice patience in challenging places.
Dear First Timer,
I want to thank you for exploring this devotional yoga thing and for giving me an opportunity to encourage you on your journey.
I want to share with you what I do and what you can expect when you attend a class. First, you can always expect to be given abundant grace to listen to your body and honor what you need. We are each in a different place along our paths. There is no rush or reason to try to keep up. This is a space for the Holy Spirit to work in you where you're at.
Second, anybody with a body can do yoga. It will be challenging at times. Practice patience. Life can throw some doozies at us and we grumble and want to move out of those uncomfortable seasons immediately. But God works and molds us in that discomfort. Don't damage yourself, but don't give up on yourself when the challenges are presented.
We practice two main functions of yoga: strengthening and restoring. In our gentle strengthening yoga classes, we gently build heat in the body, isolating muscle groups, and creating space and fluidity in the joints to bring stability to the body. Conversely, in restorative flow yoga, we use a variety of props for support and incorporate gentle, repetitive, rocking movements to create a class that is accessible to those with injuries and limitations, including pregnancy and those seeking deep relaxation.
Yoga Trapeze isn't for everyone, but it is a lot of fun and extremely effective for easing back pain. It is an intense workout that builds off of yoga and adds grip strength and rowing/pulling motion to develop the posterior chain muscles. Space is limited in these classes and reservations are required.
Each class looks different, but all classes are an invitation to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us. I will pray over the class and read scripture for you to meditate on. We will explore methods for using the modality of yoga to worship. And, of course, listen to worship music to encourage and help maintain focus on our intention - worshipping the Lord with our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Thank you, again, for considering how to integrate fitness into your worship. I look forward to meeting you.
Love the Lord your God with your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
~ Mark 12:30
Our goal is to live out this verse, debunking the myth that yoga has to look a certain way. Our pursuit is mindfulness in achieving beneficial poses while seeking the Holy Spirit, giving Him space to transform us. We come intentionally before our King to worship using the modality of yoga.
Our mission is to build a transformational community and live in holy anticipation through our God-given breath, minds, and mobility; to reverently posture our hearts in worship.
R e f l e c t i o n s
"I come broken and weary but leave fully restored."
We were seeking yoga classes to help with stress and anxiety, and found exactly what we needed!!! The instruction is wonderful! We are completely at ease and love the scripture reading and prayer, specific to our needs.
Pepper’s heart for coming alongside people to draw closer to God with them is so beautiful. Pepper is so passionate about using her gifts and her weaknesses for God's glory. She shares authenticity that is so rare and precious in this pretentious culture.