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Salvation Inspiration & December/January for Vessels of Clay Yoga

This week’s blog-post?  A quick one.  Why?  I know that many of you of are striving to find and keep balance this week, preparing for the holiday while savoring the reason for the holiday…and I add my prayer to yours that you are able!  With God, all things are possible, and you can do anything in the One who made you who you are…(Matthew 19:26, Philippians 4:13)

A little later posting this, but for those who are just re-checking, OR, if you would still like to sign-up (never too late!  I pro-rate for new students!), here is the December/January schedule of classes for Vessels of Clay Yoga.

December 2011/January 2012 Monday night classes at TLCC

Series: All-levels, 8 weeks, $50 membership (see bottom for specials!)

Dates: December 5, 12, 19, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
*We skip December 26th.

Time: 5:30 to 6:45 (-ish to 7)pm

Place: Tri-Lakes Christian Church (on Fagan Road, off Bee Creek Road…NOT the Tri-Lakes Center off 248)

Bring: mats, hand towels, straps (ties, belts, or actual yoga strap)..and any other props you like, for those who are experienced…

It’s time for another 8-week series of Christ-centered Yoga classes with Vessels of Clay Yoga!
Want help avoiding the holiday pounds and/or stress while reveling in the miracle of our Savior’s birth?
Come learn how to take care of your Divinely created temple in a non-stressful way while worshiping our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! We relax, sweat, laugh, breathe, and relax some more all in His name…and lose toxins and stress in the process!

As always, a drop-in option is available for $15 (which can be applied to total series cost should you want to continue regularly!).

(5 person minimum required to begin series.)

Specials! New students from these 3 churches receive a 10% discount if they mention this ad: Woodland Hills Family Church, Tri-lakes Christian Church, and Community Presbyterian of Forsyth

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Series: All-levels of Seniors and/or Limited Mobility folks, 8 weeks, $50 membership
–This is also a great class for those “with child”!!!

Dates: December 6, 20, 27, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Time: 9 to 10:15am (10:30ish depending on your own relaxation time)

Place: Community Presbyterian Church in Forsyth

Bring: mats, hand towels, straps (ties, belts, or actual yoga strap)

It’s time for another 8-week series of Christ-centered Yoga classes with Vessels of Clay Yoga!
Want help avoiding the holiday pounds and/or stress while reveling in the miracle of our Savior’s birth?

Come learn how to take care of your Divinely created temple in a non-stressful way while worshiping our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! We relax, sweat, laugh, breathe, and relax some more all in His name…and lose toxins and stress in the process!

As always, a drop-in option is available for $15 (which can be applied to total series cost if you wish to continue!).

(5 person minimum required to begin series.)

Specials! New students from these 3 churches receive a 10% discount if they mention this ad: Woodland Hills Family Church, Tri-lakes Christian Church, and Community Presbyterian of Forsyth.
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Finally, “a word from our sponsor”…no really.  THE WORD.

This week’s message at Vessels of Clay Yoga…I pray it helps as you prepare and remember who you are in Christ, and that our Father keeps His promises!

The words of Zachariah, after the birth of his son, John, when he regained the power of speech:

(Luke 1:69- 75, The Message)

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel: he came and set his people free.

He set the power of salvation in the center of our lives, and in the very house of David his servant,

Just as he promised long ago through the preaching of his holy prophets:

Deliverance from our enemies and every hateful hand;

Mercy to our fathers, as he remembers to do what he said he’d do,

What he swore to our father Abraham—a clean rescue from the enemy camp,

So we can worship him without a care in the world, made holy before him as long we live.

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Have a blessed and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and or whatever-time-with-loved-ones-you-celebrate, everyone!

Love,

Robyn

Awake O Sleeper, we have a winner!…and some of my favorite Victories!

First things first, we have a winner for the Fun Feet Give-a-Way and it is…(drum roll, please…using your fun feet stomping on the floor, perhaps….)

Carissa!!!!

Let me know when to expect you in class next, and I will bring the bag of crazy toe socks from which to choose!!! Congratulations!

And thank you to all who entered…as you can see by the photo from the last post, there are more than one pair of socks, which means there may well be another give-a-way in the future, so keep on a readin’ for the next chance to win!!!

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This week’s message at Vessels of Clay Yoga:

Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” Ephesians 5:14

What are the dark places in your life today? Is there any part of your life that you have been “sleeping” through? Perhaps this is your prayer…

Lord, give me grace and strength to persevere and an obedient heart to do your will.

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Here are some of my favorite recent Victors and Victories!!!!

I’m lovin’ all the versions of tripods, headstands, and of course, the final rest in waterfall…(first picture I have ever posted of my darling Seniors/limited mobility class!  I soooo wish I had gotten their Warrior II’s today…they have grown so much stronger!)

Have a wonderful week!

Love, me.

Sending you His Light and Love!

What’s on my Bookshelf, Pt 1…& Fun Feet Give-a-way!

Well.  It has been a little longer than I anticipated to get back here!  I have been overcoming a slight cold that led to some ear infection and ultimately, a ruptured eardrum, just to be factual…the details of the drama of the last 2 weeks are too icky and no fun to relate, so let’s just say…I am still resting when I can and trying to get back to “normal” in a  balanced way…meanwhile, I am, at best, getting used to the “extra instruments” in my right ear that come with having a hole there.  Honky-tonk piano, anyone?  Alien autotune?  How about an out-of-tune harpsichord?  It seems at any moment, I get to hear a few more sounds that the average Joe or Jill…At least it makes life even more interesting as a professional singer….but ANYWAY…

Truly, I have been praising God for His supernatural favor even and especially in this trial.  There have certainly been many little incidences where I can see His love and protection, even while the world would say I was at my worst…so, it’s all good.  Cuz He’s ALL GOOD, amen?!?

Today I am starting a blog series called “What’s on my Bookshelf?” where I will be talking about the various things I am reading at the moment…it will definitely come in parts, though I will not commit to the blogs being consecutive!  You just never know what life is gonna throw at ya’, so I choose to go with the flow in at least this area…=-)  (It’s a good thing, since I meant to write this particular post a week and a half ago…that is, before I came down with whatever-it-was…)

Something you should know about me: I love books.  Always have.  I love fiction, I love self-help, I love inspirational, I love non-fiction, I love biographies, etc, etc.  On any given day, I would guarantee you that I have a minimum of 4 books “cracked open” that I am switching back-and-forth on, depending on my mood.  Usually at least one fiction, one edifying, and/or one educating, not to mention my ongoing devotional and Bible choices…

As a yoga teacher, I am constantly learning more about yoga via books.  Sometimes the books are about a famous teacher’s method or style of yoga, sometimes they are about breathwork and meditation, sometimes they are about the lifestyle that goes with it (according to the author).  As a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, I actually HAVE to continue my education in this way (among others) to continue being registered, and I am actually quite thankful for that.  I also always have a few yoga magazines partially read, waiting to be finished, laying around my nightstand.

I like fiction for when I need to escape or DON’T want to think too hard…whether secular or Christian.  Usually they center on some interest of mine: a place, a time, a lifestyle, a country, a language, what-have-you…

And there is usually something else educational or thought provoking—-not necessarily self-help, but something that teaches me more in depth on a subject.

Finally, though, the most important book (or books) on my proverbial bookshelf?  My bible.  Ok, bibles.  I like to compare versions.  I like to study.  I like to revel in the amazing words and meanings.  So, let’s just start there…

There are bibles all over my house, really, so I am just going to discuss the ones sitting on my nightstand shelves. Typically I have an NIV (New International Version) Bible, an Amplified Bible, and The Message Bible.  The NIV, for those who don’t know, is probably the most commonly used “standard” version.  It is not so formal or high language as the King James version, but it is also not necessarily a contemporary language version, either.  Kind of right there smack in the middle of it all…So, I often look at it first, to read the Bible verses as I have heard them most of my life before I compare them to a different version.

The Amplified Bible has been a favorite of mine for a long time.  It has this wonderful way of expounding on the meanings that could be meant or conveyed for various words (based on the original Hebrew or Greek), so you can really get a thorough/deeper view of what is meant by what you are reading!  For instance, typically if one were to recite to you a “regular” version of John 10:10, it would sound something like “I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly.”  Ok, pretty cool.  Thank You, Lord Jesus, because we are so grateful for that!

But here is what the Amplified Bible says: ” I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, til it overflows).”  Wow!  We don’t just have our lives because of Jesus, we are entitled as His followers to enjoy them, too!  And, a LOT.  Overflowing wonderfulness….wow, wow, wow!  Or often, when the word “blessed” is used in a verse, it says “blessed (happy, to be envied)”.  Doesn’t that just give you  SUCH a better picture!?!  So, I love to use this bible as I study…

When I TEACH, however….

I most often use the Message bible.  I do use the other versions as well, but most often, my class scriptures are from The Message.  Why?

I was introduced to the Message bible while doing my yoga teacher training.  I liked how it said things, sure, but I was still a major devotee of the Amplified.  However, my teachers certainly emphasized how it put things in such a way that was great for a class–especially when your students are currently relaxing and centering themselves with eye pillows over their eyes, it’s nice to keep things as easy and simple to understand, without too many words to complicate their meditation and stillness…..so, I looked into purchasing one.  It wasn’t until I learned WHY it was written that I became totally gung-ho…

The author, Eugene Peterson, is a pastor and a scholar, among many other cool things…feel free to look him up on the internet…but he didn’t start as those things.  He began as a teacher of Hebrew and Greek.  When he began pastoring, he noticed that people in his congregations either knew next to nothing about the bible, or they had been reading it for years and  it somehow had gone dry and boring for them…reduced to trite sayings and cliché’s, perhaps.  (Now, here is where I DO want to say that our RELATIONSHIP with our Savior is an ongoing thing, and if we are feeling dry, perhaps we need to dig a bit deeper?…but I totally understand what Mr. Peterson is talking about…)  Here is a portion of what he writes in the Foreword of my edition of the Message bible:

“I lived in two language worlds, the world of the Bible and the world of Today.  I had always assumed they were the same world.  But these people didn’t see it that way.  So out of necessity I became a “translator” (although I wouldn’t have called it that then), daily standing on the border between two worlds, getting the language of the Bible that God uses to create and save us, heal and bless us, judge and rule over us, into the language of Today that we use to gossip and tell stories, give directions and do business, sing songs and talk to our children.

And all the time those old biblical languages, those powerful and vivid Hebrew and Greek originals, kept working their way underground in my speech, giving energy and sharpness to words and phrases, expanding the imagination of the people with whom I was working to hear the language of the Bible in the language of Today and the language of Today in the language of the Bible.”  He did that for 30 years with one congregation and  was eventually asked to write a Bible that expressed what he had been sharing with them.

I also love this quote:

“When Paul of Tarsus wrote a letter, the people who received it understood it instantly, When the prophet Isaiah preached a sermon, I can’t imagine that people went to the library to figure it out. That was the basic premise under which I worked. I began with the New Testament in the Greek — a rough and jagged language, not so grammatically clean. I just typed out a page the way I thought it would have sounded to the Galatians.” (from Wikipedia:Clint Kelly. “Eugene Peterson: The Story Behind The Message”, Use of Italics, mine.)

I believe it was that quote which sent me rushing off to buy my own copy…imagine!  The Bible written with language that expressed the emotion and passion behind the words, in a way that might make as much sense to me emotionally as reading a heartfelt letter from a friend or laughing at a joke someone tells!

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I believe the Bible is the Living Word.  I can get a new revelation from a scripture I have read many, many times, each time I read it…and it doesn’t matter which version I am using…

But it is nice to know that the Message version is not just some “watered-down” version of the Bible as I have heard some suggest who have not actually looked into it or know its origins.  In fact, it is right on the money.  The real meaning with the real passion.

For fun, here is another description of why the Message was written:

http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Message-MSG-Bible/

I do compare the verses of different bibles often…and, there are times when I like the NIV best or another version over the Message…I just leave that up to what the Spirit is revealing to me at that moment!

However, here are a couple of my faves from the Message:

For instance, the NIV of Matthew 11:28-30 is classic, and I love it:

   28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

I ALSO love this MSG version, though:

28-30“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Learning how to “take a real rest” and “the unforced rhythms of grace” certainly appeal to this driven, type-A personality, let me just tell you….
Or, how about John 10:10, since we already mentioned it above?:

I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

Now, I will tell you right now, my favorite version of that is still the Amplified…BUT, I do love the comparison of Real life and Eternal life…more and better than I have ever dreamed of??!?!  Wowza.  So, I basically cannot even begin to comprehend or imagine how amazing my life is intended to be according to my Lord’s standards…how cool is THAT?!  Both the life I am living here right now, and the future life in heaven…or both the natural life I am living practically, and my Spiritual life that is also happening right now in the heavenly realms…THAT is part of my inheritance in Christ…and all I need to do is believe and step into it!  So….

Joshua 24:15

But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.

Or the Msg version says, As for me and my family, we will worship God. =-)

(Stay tuned for future blogs in the series, “What’s on My Bookshelf?” for fun reads, inspirational reads, things you might wanna’ pass on (maybe?), and things that will teach and reach you!)

This week at Vessels of Clay Yoga, we have been considering  God as our comfort, our refuge, our Answer, our Help…

Dear Lord, help us to give up our fears and anxieties and give ourselves fully to you.

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

Deuteronomy 33:27

Psalm 20:6 “That clinches it–help’s coming, an answer’s on the way, everything’s going to work out.”

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Finally,  it’s time for our Fun Feet Give-a-way!!!

The winner of this week’s give-a-way will receive the adorable pair of crazy toe socks of their choosing (from the photo), which can even be used to do yoga! 

Comment below to enter; need an idea of what to say?  Maybe you’d like to share what your favorite version of the Bible is…and/or perhaps include a favorite verse?  Or would you like to share your reading style? (one book at a time, no distractions, or multiple books going off-and-on, or just magazines thank you much, or are-you-crazy-I-only-read-blogs, etc, etc…) And/or say where you would choose to wear your crazy toe socks if you win!!!

Good Luck!!!  I will draw a winner’s name from the bunch early next week!  May God bless and keep you this week as you cast your fears and anxieties up to Him and lay back in His everlasting arms….

Resting…

Resting in Him today. Had a list of things to do, including this blog (and cleaning my bathroom, among other things), but I have been overcoming some “crud” and it seems rest is in order. Hard to do when you have a list that won’t get done without you! However, if you check out the Amplified version of 1 Peter 5:6-7, you find that casting your cares on the Lord does require humbling oneself…in other words, little robyn, you don’t make the world go ’round, and I (God) can take care of things while you rest. You just might find them easier to handle afterwards. I promised in my Word to exalt you in due time. Try me and see how much I look after!
So that’s that. I am humbled and resting. Holding to my faith.
Hoping to return Monday with the next post, What’s on my Bookshelf?, Part 1 and the next super-fun give-a-way! Stay tuned…
This week at V.O.C.Y. Was grab-bag week; what was your scripture (if you were there)? And if not there, what verse or life-happening has touched you today?

We have a Winner!….and some recipes!…and some inspiration!!!

First things first, WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

Believe it or not, the winner of this week’s give-a-way is…..

paula!!!

(again!!! I know…right?!? but more on that in a minute…)

Paula, you have your choice between those mists in the give-a-way; let me know which one, or you can smell each at the next class and decide! (and just fyi for anyone reading, I really do make out little name-slips each time, throw them in a baggie or box, shake em’ up, close my eyes, and draw…OR I have my hubby draw if he is here…it’s a little fun thing I get to do!)

NOW, since Paula DID recently win, I am going to extend the give-a-way for the other 3 entrants…if ya’ll read through today’s blog post and comment accordingly, I will hold another drawing for any of the three of you who comment…I will give you until Monday night (the 3rd) to respond…and then you can choose between the 3 mists that are left (after Paula’s choice). Cool?
*addendum (10/3/11): Paula chose the Eucalyptus Spray, so up for grabs are the Tea Tree, Jasmine, Vanilla, and Lavender. Hubby just helped me draw the extended give-a-way winner, and it is Amber! Congrats! I will get them to you to choose…

This is just a little post this week since it is sign-up time for Vessels of Clay Yoga and there is a lot going on…So, here are two of my favorite recipes right now.  One is really new to me, but I love it, and the other has come to me in the last few months, and the thought of it sends me straight to the fridge to get some greens!

Wheat-free, Yeast-free Irish Soda Bread

This recipe came to me from one of those Reader’s Digest Collections of stories books…yes, really.  I was reading one of Patrick Taylor’s “Irish Country Doctor” series books, and the traditional recipe for Irish Soda bread was included as a bonus. (I love how Reader’s Digest does that.)  Anyway, instead of regular wheat flour, I used a combination of Spelt and Rice Flour.  Note: this recipe is wheat-free, not gluten-free.  Spelt is a cousin of wheat that can often be tolerated by those of us with wheat sensitivities, but it is NOT gluten-free.  Just fyi.  I used a small portion of rice flour to lighten it up, as Spelt flour can result in heavier bread.  To make the traditional version, substitute whatever regular flour you like…but it might not be as healthy!!!!

Oh, and yumminess?  Total 10 out of 10 by me AND my hubby!

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cup Spelt flour, 1/4 Cup Rice flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 heaping tsp baking soda, 1 C Skim Milk with 1 Tbsp. Vinegar (instead of buttermilk…this is an easy sub if you don’t want to buy a carton of buttermilk.  Next time I will try using almond milk, to get away from the dairy. If using buttermilk, the recipe calls for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups.)

Now, I cooked this in my NuWave Oven Pro on level 10, but here are the actual instructions for your regular oven.

To Make:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Grease and flour a baking sheet and set aside.  Sift the flour, salt and baking soda together into a large mixing bowl.  Then add enough buttermilk to make a soft, but not sticky, dough.  Turn the dough out onto a well-floured board and shape it into a round cake about 1 1/2 inches thick.  Transfer to the baking sheet; then, using a sharp knife, score the top of the dough into 4-6 wedges.  Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Cool on the baking sheet, then separate the wedges.

If desired, the dough can be cut into wedges and cooked on a lightly buttered griddle over medium heat.  This is the more traditional method.  (I did the first option.)

Serves 4-6.

Like I said, it was super yummy.  This may be a regular at our household from now on!

Healthy Salad Dressing Recipe from VEGA (Brendan Brazier)

This recipe comes as courtesy of the Vega website, Brendan Brazier’s company.  If you are not familiar with him, he is the author of the Thrive Diet books, which are centered around how even triathlon athlete types like him can totally thrive on a plant-based diet! Google it; you will be glad you did.

So, this dressing recipe is so totally yummy, that just remembering I have some made up/in the fridge makes me WANT to go make a salad.  Yes, it’s that good.

Ingredients:

            4 Tablespoons Flax Oil of your choice (Vega recommends their own Vega Antioxidant Oil Blend; I used the flax oil I have on hand)

  • 2 Tablespoons agave nectar (or maple syrup, yakon syrup)
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To make:

Just thrown it together, shake it in a jar or whisk it, and enjoy!  Here is what else Vega says:

“Using your imagination, you can turn this base into a delicious spectrum of dressings you’ll love.”

Finally, this week we remembered we are Divinely Created Temples.  This week’s inspiration at Vessels of Clay Yoga:

1 Corinthians 3:16 (MSG)

 16-17You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that. God’s temple is sacred—and you, remember, are the temple.

There is but one temple in the Universe…and that is the human body. Nothing is holier than that high form. We touch heaven when we lay our hand on the human body.”—Thomas Carlyle, British historian

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So, we have come to the weekend again…can I get a Hallelujah!  For my previous give-a-way entrants, let me know: do you have a favorite healthy salad dressing recipe to share?  Did you enjoy this week’s scripture and inspiration, or have any thoughts about it?  Would you actually try the soda bread recipe?  Share some thoughts, and we’ll have another tiny give-a-way…

As for everyone else, Have a great weekend, feel free to comment, and stay tuned for “What’s on My Bookshelf?” and another FUN give-a-way!!!

VOCY schedule OCT/NOV 2011, and a GIVE-A-WAY!

Doug Swenson, one of my faves....=-)

Ocotober/November“Thursday nights with Vessels of Clay Yoga; All-levels class at Tri-Lakes Christian Church

****Important! This series will actually start on the last Thursday of September, due to Thanksgiving later in November….****

Series: All-levels, 8 weeks, $50 membership

Dates: September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17.

Time: 5:30 to 6:45 (-ish to 7)pm

Place: Tri-Lakes Christian Church (on Fagan Road, off Bee Creek Road…NOT the Tri-Lakes Center off 248)

Bring: mats, hand towels, straps (ties, belts, or actual yoga strap)

It’s time for another 8-week series of Christ-centered Yoga classes with Vessels of Clay Yoga! Come learn how to take care of your Divinely created temple in a non-stressful way while worshiping our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! We relax, sweat, laugh, breathe, and relax some more all in His name…and lose toxins and stress in the process!

New students: please contact me for full details.

As always, a drop-in option is available for $15.

(5 person minimum required to begin series.)

2 more favorite teachers: Courtney Chalfant and DeAnna Smothers of Yahweh Yoga

October Monday nights with Vessels of Clay Yoga; All-levels class at Tri-Lakes Christian Church

++++++New time! Please take note!++++

Series: All-levels, 4 weeks, $25 membership

Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24

Time: *5:45 to 7pm

Place: Tri-Lakes Christian Church (on Fagan Road, off Bee Creek Road…NOT the Tri-Lakes Center off 248)

Bring: mats, hand towels, straps (ties, belts, or actual yoga strap)

This will be a shorter series of Christ-centered yoga classes with Vessels of Clay Yoga! For those wanting to try it out for a little while, or for those currently taking a class with VOCY that just can’t get enough and want to take 2 classes/week for awhile!**

Note: This time slot is slighter later than previous time slots have been, in an effort to be accessible for those who are not able to get to the 5:30 class! Come on over!

Join us to take care of your Divinely created temple in a non-stressful way while worshiping our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! We relax, sweat, laugh, breathe, and relax some more all in His name…and lose toxins and stress in the process!

**Students already taking another VOCY yoga class (on Thursdays)…if you bring a friend to the Monday night class who signs up for all 4 weeks and does not require a rebate at any time, I will refund you 10% of your class cost (or apply a credit to your next series; your choice)!

New students: please contact me for full details

As always, a drop-in option is available for $15.

(5 person minimum required to begin series.)

October/November Tuesday mornings with Vessels of Clay Yoga at Forsyth Community Presbyterian Church: Limited mobility and/or Seniors class

Series: All-levels of Seniors and/or limited mobility, 8 weeks, $50 membership

Dates: October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22

Time: 9 to 10:15am

Place: Community Presbyterian Church in Forsyth

Bring: mats, hand towels, straps (ties, belts, or actual yoga strap)

It’s time for another 8-week series of Christ-centered Yoga classes with Vessels of Clay Yoga! Come learn how to take care of your Divinely created temple in a non-stressful way while worshiping our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! We relax, sweat, laugh, breathe, and relax some more all in His name…and lose toxins and stress in the process!

***Special deal! Anyone who brings a new student to class who signs up for the entire series and does not require a rebate at any time will receive a 10% refund at the end of the series.

New students: please contact me for full details.

As always, a drop-in option is available for $15.

(5 person minimum required to begin series.)

This week’s scripture message at Vessels of Clay Yoga:

John 8:12 (NIV) When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.  whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

(The Message):  Jesus once again addressed them:  “I am the world’s Light.  NO one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness.  I provide plenty of light to live in.”

GuRu:  “Gu” signifies spiritual darkness and “Ru” signifies the act of removing.

Jesus is my Guru.

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And…..IT’S GIVE-A-WAY TIME!!!  Leave me a comment below reflecting how this week’s verse makes you feel, what new insights you have gained, or what your favorite part of it might be!  The winner’s name will be drawn from all entries and announced at the end of next week!

WHAT DOES THE WINNER GET?  Their choice of one Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Mist, from an assortment of fragrances including: Lavender Harvest (Calming), Comforting Vanilla, Sensual Jasmine, Eucalyptus Harvest (Awakening), or Tea Tree Harvest (Purifying).

Fall: Real you, or real frayed, italian noses, and frazzles…

 What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? (Mark 8:36, The Message)

I am starting this blog post with a question from the Bible…what good WOULD it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real YOU?

When was the last time you tuned IN to the REAL YOU?  When was the last time you slowed down, stopped the noise– be it TV, technology, crazy spinning thoughts or what-have-you— and tuned in to yourself.  Your Spirit.  Your own soul as well as the Holy Spirit that chooses to live within you, if you have asked Him to…

What makes you beautiful?  What makes you handsome?  What makes your life glorious?  Are you experiencing that right now?  My guess is, for a lot of us this time of year, the answer might be…maybe?  sort of?  I am too busy too notice?

First, let’s get back to that first question–and I’d like to share a passage from a book I’ve read recently, Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani (it’s part of a series–Big Stone Gap–…lots of fun for Southerners and Italian Enthusiasts like me!).  She is discussing how Italians look, especially the women, and how it might not be our “traditional” concept of beauty (thanks for that, hollywood), but it IS beauty…real beauty…and why…

“I don’t know what makes the women so beautiful—you would never see any of them on a magazine cover in America—but they are striking.  Here (she is in Italy as she writes this) a strong nose is a source of pride.  Most of these noses wouldn’t last in America, with their length and their regal breaks in the bridge—they wouldn’t be appreciated.  Maybe these women are so attractive because they like themselves.  They accept what they are born with; even their flaws are a source of pride, the very thing that makes them distinctive and alluring.”

HELLOOO!  Why don’t we think like that more often?  I mean, as you read it, doesn’t it just RESONATE with you as TRUTH?!?

Or for the men: “The men are beyond handsome.  Even when they’re short (I guess height is an American thing), they have a strength that makes you believe they could take one of these Alpine boulders and roll it down the hill like a basketball.  They live in their skin like kings”…

You  know, it is said that Jesus was not a tall man.  Just fyi.

So, are you feeling like the real you lately?  Are you feeling beautiful or handsome, and is your life feeling glorious?  (and no, we don’t live by our feelings, I get that, and thank you to Joyce Meyer for reminding me…BUT!  Sometimes, our feelings give us clues to how closely we are tuned in to ourselves and our God…or not…)

Or are you feeling frazzled?  (I have a funny verse and story on that one, too, to share later…)

This time of year, everyone tends to feel a bit frazzled.  It is not just because school is starting, etc…it has to do with the change in season, even (which, guess Who created the seasons, remember?)!  In Ayurvedic medicine, this is a time when our more “thinky, anxious, nervous, airy, flighty, distracted, insomniac” selves may present themselves (those are some of the negative trademarks of a Vata Dosha imbalance–which may not mean a thing to you unless you know something about Ayurveda…no worries.  You can google it if you want to know more, or just know that I am illustrating enough of it for your purposes here, and you don’t have to know more than what I am writing to get it!).  If you have any nervous habits, they are likely a bit exacerbated right now…my cuticles have certainly been showing my personal nervous habit…Just as the leaves get a bit more dry and start falling off the trees, our skin gets drier, our thoughts get windier, and we get a bit off-balance….

So guess, what?  You are normal.  So, if any of this resonates with you, know that…and realize that you have been given a clue!  To combat these things, we need to make some time in our schedules for “slow down”.  Turn off the TV, or at least 15 minutes earlier than normal, have some warm milk (almond might be best if you are me) or hot tea, put on snuggly clothes, and just get quiet.  Be still and know…

Making My Tea

I subscibe to the Yoga Journal.  Recently, they offered the opportunity to their subscribers to participate in a free 7-day Fall Detox which helps to address these seasonal changes, etc…complete with recipes, asana (yoga pose) routines, health tips, lifestyle tips, lots of good stuff!  So, I thought, cool!  I began to gather ingredients and prepare…

Here is what I learned.  I don’t really have time for a someone else’s regimen.  It wasn’t a starvation detox, and I LOVE the kitchari, chutney, and tea that I made, but I found that the total life change required stressed me out more!  Plus, the daily e-mails for each days’ activities were coming, well, each day.  After I had already planned my day, ya know? Now, a lot of the tips they were handing out are things I already know about and do on a regular basis, so really, my life is a detox all the time…but some of the other things added in, well…became other things I would have to add in!  Slowing down can de-stress you….slowing down but adding back in A, B, C, and D because someone tells you to…not so much.

So, after spending a day of downloading, uploading, downloading, I realized, this is nuts right now.  I would rather have spent this quiet time with my Lord, or lying in a restorative pose and meditating.

I choose to slow down, period.  To tune in.  To incorporate bits and pieces into my life in ways that are not stressful, and to be grateful for wonderful new recipes and a large batch of kitchari for no-stress meal prep.

Vata-Pitta balancing kitchari

—SIDEBAR: on the line of no-stress meal prep, I made the raw pumpkin soup from my previous blogpost, using butternut squash as they suggested, and it is WONDERFUL!  Go try it!  When I have been in a hurry, I just threw it in a jar as a smoothie!—

So, again I ask you?  Are you tuned in?  Are you feeling like the real you?…or an exhausted, frazzled, lost version?  The Bible talks about their being different seasons, different times, and we are to turn (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)…maybe now is a good to time for you to turn…and tune-in…and slow down….and cover everything with a dash of cinnamon and Holy Ghost for warmth…

Let the Spirit within guide you from within, in the quiet…and you can be the real you again…who just so happens to look a lot like Him.

 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

Amplified Bible (AMP)

17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom).

18And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.

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Ps…just for fun for the weekend…when I was a little girl, and I was maybe doing or thinking about doing something I shouldn’t, my Mamma could be heard to say that if I didn’t turn from that whatever-it-was, that she would “wear me to a frazzle”.  That definitely scared me.  I knew she meant business.  In my mind’s eye, I pictured a “frazzle” as being a pair of eyeballs surrounded with fuzzy hair, and maybe just shoes peeking out underneath. Recently, I ran across this verse, and shared it with my Mom…we laughed out loud.  She had no idea how scriptural she had been:

A parent is worn to a frazzle by a stupid child…Proverbs 19:13 The Msg.

I imagine that when we act like stupid children, we wear ourSELVES to a frazzle….so be wise, darlings, and slow down a little…

Have a wonderful, tuned-in weekend, everybody!

love,

Robyn

(pps, lest you think my Mama beat me, let me assure you that I only received spankin’s, and they were rare (and she cried, usually).The mere THOUGHT of Mom being mad at me was discipline enough! I love her so!)

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