Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30)
What is Christ-Centered Yoga?
A Christ-Centered Yoga Class with Danielle is an intentional Christ-centered yoga practice of connecting our entire being; body, mind and spirit with God; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. With complete reliance on God's word and prayer, Christ-Centered Yoga invites us to surrender and introduces us to Grace. When we breathe and move and have our being in Christ, we find ourselves in the flow of His magnificence. There is often a misunderstanding that yoga is a religion, it is not. Yoga is a physical discipline much like running, gymnastics, dance, football, and many other sports. Christ-Centered Yoga has the capacity to enhance one's personal Christian beliefs and faith through applying God's word with bodily exercise. In Christ-Centered Yoga, we pursue unity of the body, mind and His Holy Spirit that dwells within us, with the intention of worshipping and serving the Lord with our entire beings.
We practice with our minds set on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8); not with our minds emptied. We meditate on the wisdom of God's Word (Psalm 119:9-16, 26-27); not on man's wisdom. We seek the transcendence and glory of God; not our own.
The Benefits of Christ-Centered Yoga
With Christ-Centered Yoga, one will increase strength, endurance, and flexibility by working with Danielle to create balance in the body and calmness in the mind using various breathing techniques within flowing sequences of fundamental yoga postures, designed for all levels of experience. Each class integrates breath and movement, meditation on God's word, devotion, prayer, and relaxation, along with the application of precise alignment, visualization and intention. Danielle's Christ-Centered Yoga Classes are each different and unique, centered around a particular biblical theme to encourage focus, peace, spiritual strength and renewal on and off the mat.
Christ-Centered Yoga embraces the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual realms, with the focus always on opening up to God and connecting with Him. Christ-Centered Yoga is all about Jesus and learning to depend on Him more fully and completely as our spiritual growth progresses.
Christ-Centered Yoga becomes meditation in motion, preparing one's heart and body to work together as tools for worship through the physical motion of exercise. The practice of Christ-Centered Yoga is only one of several ways to bring the body into submission so that we allow the Spirit of the Lord to speak to us. When practiced with Christ-centered intention, yoga could provide spiritual benefits for the Christian because it brings you to a place of bodily discipline and self control so that you can be still and know that He is God and exalt Him in our practice. The Lord cares about how you choose to take care of your body.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus. (Romans 15:5)
Christ-Centered Yoga Classes
Private Christ-Centered Yoga Classes may be the best way for one to begin yoga. They are available for individuals and couples in the convenience of their own home. Classes are 75 minutes long and are designed for all levels of experience, incorporating various breathing techniques, yoga postures (which have been proven to be physically beneficial for the body by medical and sports professionals throughout the world), meditation on scriptures, relaxation, and prayer.
Each student is unique and so are Danielle's Private Christ-Centered Yoga Classes, which are personalized for the individual's ability, health challenges, health & wellness goals, and level of yoga experience (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced). Homework is given according to the student's individual level of yoga experience, which encourages the student to practice on their own as well to develop a lifestyle Christ-Centered Yoga practice.
May my meditation be pleasing to Him as I rejoice in the Lord. (Psalm 104:34)
Yoga is not a religion, although various Eastern religions have adopted yoga as a part of their religious practice. For example, the Hindu religion relies heavenly on ancient yoga wisdom and practice. One way to think about the difference between yoga and Hinduism is to think about the relationship between prayer and Christianity. Prayer is central to our lives as Christian. However, most other religions utilize prayer as well. Even though prayer is very important in our faith, we can not say that prayer is only a Christian practice. Prayer is a gift from God, and all humans have the freedom to decide how to use it. In a nut shell, we do not disregard prayer just because other religions use it. Therefore, we can proceed in good conscience knowing that yoga, when practiced with a totally Christ-centered intent, is a precious gift and tool that God has given us for our benefit and to enhance and facilitate our intimate love relationship with Himself.
Do the yoga postures conflict with Christian beliefs?
God created our bodies. He created the way we move and breathe. No single religion or cult can claim to "own" the ways in which we move our body and use it to worship our God. The postures of yoga may have been co-opted by a religion, however, it can not "belong" to that religion any more than prayer can belong to a single religion. The body is from God, Prayer is of God, Scripture is of God. Other religions may have used the techniques of yoga toward their own means, means that conflict with Christian worldview. They may have used yoga to worship creation or anything in it. But in Christ-Centered Yoga we worship only the Creator and connect with our Lord Jesus Christ with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength.