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Vessels of Clay Yoga class schedule for August/September 2011…and a little inspiration…=-)

Sign-ups are open now for all of these classes!

The Thursday night Christ-centered yoga classes at 5:30pm with Vessels of Clay Yoga will be continuing in August and September!
Location: Tri-Lakes Christian church off Bee Creek and Fagan Road (NOT the one on 248)
Time: 5:30 to 6:45 (up to 7)

Dates: August 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, September 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

Cost: $50 for all sessions. $15 drop-in fee available and can be applied to total cost.

Equipment needed: mat, small towel (for sweat or cushioning), strap (can also be a belt, tie, or scarf)

This is an all-levels class that promotes flexibility, strength and de-stressing through some vigorous flow, some held poses, worship music, scripture and quiet relaxation. Come take care of your little temples while honoring our Lord and Savior!

Keep reading for a “NIGHT OWL SPECIAL”  in conjunction with this class….

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Vessels of Clay Yoga is happy to announce a new class! We will be having a family yoga class in August of 2011, Monday nights from 5:30-6:30pm at the Tri-Lakes Christian Church of Bee Creek and Fagan Road.
This is for adults and children (ages 7 to 12).
Cost breakdown:
1st adult and 1 child: $40 for the 4 week series
2nd person (child or adult): $30
Next child: $20
Next child: $10….and it continues to be $10 for each subsequent child.Immediate family members only, please.Equipment needed for each person: mat, small towel (for sweat or cushion), and a strap (or tie, belt, or scarf)By the way, you do not need to buy a special kids’ yoga mat…check www.yogaaccessories.com…they almost always have Buy One, Get One free deals on inexpensive yoga mats…
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VOCY is continuing to have classes for Seniors and those with Limited Mobility in August and September!
Location: Community Presbyterian Church of Forsyth
Time: 9 to 10:15am
Dates: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, September 13, 20, and 27***please note, we are skipping September 6th.

Cost: $50 for all sessions. $15 drop-in fee available and can be applied to total cost.

Equipment needed: mat, small towel (for sweat or cushioning), strap (can also be a belt, tie, or scarf)

This is a restorative class that promotes flexibility, strength and de-stressing through the use of chairs, walls, some held poses, worship music, scripture and quiet relaxation. Come take care of your little temples while honoring our Lord and Savior!

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Once again, we will be having an all-levels class on Monday nights at Tri-Lakes Christian Church for the month of September!

Location: Tri-Lakes Christian church off Bee Creek and Fagan Road (NOT the one on 248)
Time: 5:30 to 6:45 (up to 7)

Dates: August 29th, September 12th, 19th, and 26th****please note that the series is actually starting in August and that we are skipping September 5th.

Cost: $25 for all sessions. $15 drop-in fee available and can be applied to total cost.

SPECIAL!…if you are planning on taking the Thursday night series from August through September and would like to take both classes, you can sign up for both before August to take part in the “Night Owl” special: $70 for both classes instead of $75!

Equipment needed: mat, small towel (for sweat or cushioning), strap (can also be a belt, tie, or scarf)

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This week’s inspiration at Vessels of Clay Yoga:

From “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young

Let me anoint you with My Presence.  I am King of kings and Lord of lords, dwelling in unapproachable Light.  When you draw near to me, I respond by coming near to you.  As my presence envelops you, you may feel overwhelmed by My Power and Glory.  This is a form of worship:  sensing your smallness in comparison to My Greatness….

Enjoy the radiant beauty of My Presence.  declare My glorious Being to the world!

(1 Timothy 6:15-16; James 4:8; Psalm 145:3-6)

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Things I love, that lift my spirit… Part 1: “music and mayo”

I love, love, love, love, love MUSIC.

I love, love, love, love, love teaching Christ-centered yoga, and using music that helps to center my mind on good, lovely, admirable, excellent thoughts as I practice!

And I love, love, love, love, love….mayonnaise.

WHAT?!?!?

Yes, it’s true.  I ADORE ME SOME MAYO.  When I was a kid, my dad loved Miracle Whip, and my mom loved Helmann’s….for a long time, I followed Daddy’s footsteps.  I don’t know when it happened, exactly, but at some point in my life, I made the switch.  I crossed over.  I became a mayo-girl.

Hmmmph.

Guess what?

Mayonnaise is not exactly good for you.  Depending on how it is made, it can be downright horrendous for you, in fact.  And still, dag-nabbit, it’s yummy.  You can take marvelously healthy things like apples and nuts and celery and coat them with some mayo to make a Waldorf Salad…and you have lost a little of the good-n-healthy…maybe more than a little, depending where you got it…and how much mayo was put in…

Now, I have made mayo at home the old-fashioned way, with egg and oil and cooking in a saucepan forever, and drizzing and whirring, and….phew!  And let me just say, it tastes great, and honestly, the homemade version has less ingredients, and in moderation?  not so bad…

BUT!

These days I make a much leaner, meaner,and thank-You-so-much easier “mayo”, and I have just got to share it with you!

I also want to share my 2 latest playlists for my All-levels Vessels of Clay Yoga classes….

So, first, let’s lift our spirits with that mayo recipe…and no, I am not promoting that we get our comfort or peace from food!  However, a little bit of a good, healthy thing added to our super-healthy foods will definitely keep us from feeling deprived, depressed, and ready to run to the nearest convenience store for the packaged-food-poison of our choice…and how many of you know that when you do that, your spirit, not just your body, feels horrible?!?  So, let’s choose this instead:

Beannaise (from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook by Jo Stepaniak)

2 cups drained cooked or canned white beans (one 15- or 16-ounce can)

2 Tbsps fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp white wine vinegar ( I use Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar)

1/2 tsp salt (I use himalayan sea salt)

1/4 tsp dry mustard

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil*

1/3 cup organic canola or safflower oil(or a blend of both)*

(I also add a pinch of cayenne pepper, which is what one does when making “traditional” homemade mayo anyway!)

“Place the beans, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and dry mustard in a blender or food processor fitted with a metal blade.  Process until very creamy.  With the appliance running, drizzle in the oils in a slow, steady stream through the cap opening in the lid. (It’s ok if you cannot do this with your appliance…I can’t either…just add little bits at time…maybe split the oil into 2 sets.) Continue processing until well blended, stopping to scrape down the sides of the container as needed.  Chill thoroughly before using. Keeps about 7 days in the refrigerator.  May be frozen.”

{Here is my little eco-friendly commercial:  my local friends see me using old glass jars for everything from drinking fresh veggie juice or green smoothies to storing leftovers or…yep, my Beannaise.  Why store things in a plastic container which is leaching all kinds of yucky stuff into your food, when you already have plenty of glass jars just from buying things like pasta sauce, pickles, or peanut butter?  Sure, they will stack up eventually, and you will need to make a trip to the recycling center, but until then, save the various sizes (those pure-fruit jam jars are great for bringing little drinks in your lunch box, or for salad dressings, while the mason jar sizes are great for hummus, Beannaise, bigger portions of homemade dressings, leftovers, and well, for this southern girl, drinking some “healthy” sweet tea!) AND support your health while lowering your addition to rising energy costs, etc…

–just a thought!}

*For the fats, I go a few different ways…I have mixed olive oil and flax oil before (flax is ok as long as you don’t cook it over 400 degrees, or it becomes a hydrogenated oil), or olive oil and walnut oil, or whatever…if you have a flavor-infused oil, that could make an interesting mayo!  Something I REALLY like to do, is use 1 part EVOO to 1 part Veganaise–a vegan mayo product.  It gives it that much more mayo flavor on top of what your recipe is giving.  Recently, I used the last little bits of all the mayo’s we had in our fridge, as well as oil…some were an omega-3 brand, some were a “light” helmann’s, and some were Veganaise…plus the EVOO.  Obviously, it is up to you what is ok in your sense of moderation…just pray about it and wait for peace.  With all of the beans, you get much more fiber and protein than you do in your usual mayo!!!

Beannaise from "The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook"


For those who dig this stuff, here is the nutritional information provided with the original recipe’s ingredients:

per 2 Tbsp:

calories- 96, protein- 2g, fat- 8g, carb- 5g, calcium- 18mg, sodium- 60mg.

By the way, this book is a great book full of recipes for making “cheez” out of nuts, beans, and other items, as well as making sauces, spreads, entrees, etc all while being dairy free…This particular recipe is free of gluten, soy, nuts, yeast and corn…so, this cookbook addresses a myriad of food-related allergies…

It also has some great charts on how much calcium can be found in  plants vs dairy, and how much better balance one can find in protein, fats, and carbs in plant-based foods vs other more “traditional” ideas….

Check it out:   

http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Uncheese-Cookbook-Delicious-Dairy-Free/dp/1570671516/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1307918406&sr=8-1

Ps…I have been known to keep mine longer than 7 days…but usually not much longer, because I use it up!!!

Now for the music portion of our spirit-lifting!

I have been in desperate need to get some new playlists going, but I have not been able to schedule the time to do it!  It literally takes me a few hours to do just one playlist…I have so much fun finding music, putting it together, seeing if the transitions are right…and then, one has to factor the technology aspect, a.k.a., are i-tunes and my i-pod going to engage together swimmingly today?  So, you see how I might put this project off to time when I can focus…

That being said, I STILL didn’t have much time last week, but I was determined.  Luckily, I started a playlist a few months ago that only needed a bit of tweaking, AND I decided to use one of my favorite teacher/friend’s playlist as a resource as well…thank goodness for the sharing of playlists…it is just another way that we as members of the church can come alongside each other, help each other out, and build each other up!  So, I tweaked my own playlist, then downloaded the music from hers and added a few more songs to make it long enough for my class, et Voila!  2 new playlists for the summer!  (and one of my favorite things about that process: when I can’t fit something in, it goes into the next playlist…so I am already halfway done with a few more; Hallelujah!!!)

{By the way, if you would like to know where my most favorite yoga studio is, where I trained to become a Christ-centered yoga teacher and to get my Registered Yoga Teacher certification, click here to be blessed!:

www.yahwehyoga.com

To read my graduate story, scroll down until you find “Robyn Hurst” on this page:

http://yahwehyoga.com/category/your-stories/

And now, back to the music!!!}

“In The Waiting (Robyn’s original–for encouraging focus as we wait upon the Lord…praising, praying, and moving, and praying some more!)

  1. Effortless Relaxation pt 1     Steven Halpern 
  2. Castle Lullaby     Roger Hudson
  3. It Is Well with My Soul    Various Instumental
  4. While We Wait     Jack Johnson
  5. You are Worthy     Instrumental, background vocal track
  6. Majesty (Here I am)     Delirious?
  7. In the Waiting     Greg Long
  8. While I’m Waiting     John Waller
  9. Wait     Mat Kearney
  10. Open Up the Sky     The Refuge
  11. Waiting Room     LaRue
  12. The Sound of Sunshine     Michael Franti & Spearhead
  13. Live High     Jason Mraz
  14. There will be a Day     Jeremy Camp
  15. Amazing Grace (ft. Ginny Owens)     Jim Brickman
  16. Sweet Hour of Prayer     Classic Worship
  17. I Surrender All     Classic Worship
  18. “prayer”     instrumental backing track
  19. Ideal Weight, Part 1o     Steven Halpern
  20. Jerusalem     Steven Halpern

“My Savior is My Peace” (modified version of Court’s Restorative playlist)

  1. Journey to Peace, Pt. 1     Liquid Mind
  2. Adagio for Sleep     Liquid Mind
  3. Holy! Holy! Holy!     Avalon
  4. In Christ Alone     Bethany Dillon & Matt Hammitt
  5. Do You Know This Man?     1000 generations
  6. Better than a Hallelujah     Amy Grant
  7. You Alone     African Village Band
  8. Intimacy     Jonathan David Helser
  9. You Alone     David Crowder Band
  10. Only You     David Crowder Band
  11. Jehovah Shalom     Shannon Wexelberg
  12. All the way my Savior Leads Me     Chris Tomlin
  13. All That You Have is your Soul     Emmylou Harris
  14. Blessed Always     Donna De Lory
  15. Journey to Peace Pt. 2     Liquid Mind
  16. Accelerating Self-Healing     Steven Halpern

hmmmmm…..just thinking about these songs inspires me….

I hope the same for you!  Peace out (in Him), my home-ginis and mayo (or miracle whip) lovers!

Ps—for the Miracle Whip lovers…no discrimination here…if you need more of a tang, add a little sweet to the above recipe,  like Truvia or honey, and see if that does the trick…maybe a little more lemon as well..it’s all up to your taste buds!!!

James 5:13

The Prayer of Faith

 13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.

Isaiah 61:3

 3To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified.”

And don’t forget the give-a-way this week!  Leave a comment below, maybe tell me your favorite mayo or miracle whip story, or share if one of the songs listed above is a favorite of yours?  I will enter your name into a drawing to be held Friday, June 17th, for a yoga mat bag! ( If you have entered on another day, you CAN enter AGAIN here!)

(This is for Southwest Missouri delivery only, unless you are willing to pay the shipping charges up-front—which I am totally willing to work with—…and thank you for understanding!!!)  Feel free to leave a comment even if you are not entering the give-a-way! (but please, let me know either way…)

Today’s Yummy Green Smoothie and Christ-centered Yoga for Tornado Relief!!!

Let's fan the flame and lift the Spirit....

Though the tornadoes that swept through the Midwest happened a couple of weeks ago, the need for help and relief is ongoing…To that end, my Christ-centered yoga business is offering two classes whose proceeds will all go to help the victims of that devastation.

There will be one All-levels/Hatha/Anusara flow style class on Thursday, June 9th from 10:45am until Noon at the Tri-Lakes Christian Church in Branson. Come to breathe, praise and worship our Savior, stretch, strengthen, sweat, relax, release, let go and let God in honor of those who are needing our help!!!

There will be a class for Seniors and/or those with Limited Mobility (a non-intimidating restorative class that is challenging but restful, and fun!!) the following Thursday, June 16th, from 10:45am to Noon, also at the Tri-Lakes Christian Church in Branson, Mo.

New students to Vessels of Clay Yoga, please leave me a comment so that I can get in contact with you about what to expect and what you need to bring. I am so looking forward to meeting you on the mat!

Admission to either class is a $10 donation; checks made payable either to Woodland Hills Family Church (with “Joplin Tornado Relief” in the memo line), or College Heights Christian Church (with “Joplin Tornado Relief” in the memo line).

You can look up Tri-Lakes Christian Church here:

http://trilakeschristian.org

Surprisingly Yummy!!!

And now….today’s Green Smoothie was a very pleasant surprise!  Isn’t it funny how you might plan something in your head for what you will have for breakfast (I was thinking maybe eggs with some greens and vegan cheese, but then realized, “oh MY-lanta, I have got to get to work on the computer…better have a smoothie instead for now…”)  Well, I call those moments God-divined, for when I have sought Him first thing, and He has fortified me to do what He has called me to do (like go work out before the day gets by me), He also often enables me to be flexible in my previously determined plans, amen?

And So.  Realizing I needed to sip a smoothie while I type a bunch o’stuff today before I have to go do a show, I opened the fridge to see what I could see…=-)  Grabbed some natural apple juice, some spinach and collards, some frozen peaches and some other stuff, and yum!!!  PLEASANT SURPRISE. Here is what is in my smoothie today:

1 Cup Natual Apple Juice (no sugar added, etc)

1 handful Baby Spinach, 2 Handfuls Garden Collards

1 Carrot

1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (1/2 serving.  a serving is 2 scoops with my brand)

liberal sprinkling of fresh ground cinnamon

about 5 drops of Liquid stevia in English Toffee flavor (Sweet leaf brand)

about 2 handfuls frozen peaches (probably a cup)

To Make:

Pour apple juice into high speed blender (I have a blendtec.  It’s ok if you have a lower speed blender, it will just take a little longer and a few more whirs to juice the produce).  Add all the greens and blend until juice.  Add one carrot (cut).  Blend until juice.  Add frozen peaches, whey protein powder, cinnamon and stevia, and blend until a smoothie!  (I actually could have blended one more time as I had 3 or 4 small peach chunks, but that’s ok.  I am at home and I can spoon them into my mouth at will!)

Here is the deal: collards?!?  I know, right?!?  But actually, the slightly pungent flavor was a GREAT offset to the sweetness of the stevia and apple juice!  You know how tart/sweet and salty/sweet go so well together sometimes?  That’s how this was…and yet, it was definitely more on the sweet side, with tons of good health on top!!!

So “Cheers and Here’s”!  (Cheers and Here’s to you!)

How’s that for ReShaping It All?  Taking care of ourselves, taking care of our neighbors in need, and loving our God wholeheartedly.  Have a blessed day my friends!!!

With God as our right-hand man, how could we not?

Isaiah 41:13

For I am the Lord, Your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

3 John 1:2

2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

We are the Church, One body, Many members, with many beautiful and different gifts and characteristics! Blessings to all of you!

Sign-ups are open for the June/July series of Christ-centered Yoga with Vessels of Clay Yoga!

Sign-ups are open!

We lift our Hearts and Hands to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

The next two series are starting soon; hooray!:

*one all-levels, Hatha/Anusara/flow style (with restorative thrown in…a little or a lot some days!) at the Tri-Lakes Christian Church in Branson, Missouri

*one for Seniors and/or those with limited mobility at the Forsyth Community Presbyterian Church in Forsyth, Missouri

Dates and Times,etc for the All-Levels Class:

Where: Tri-Lakes Christian Church off Bee Creek and Fagan Road

When: 5:30pm, Thursday nights in June and July, from June 9th through July 28th (June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28)

Cost: $50 for membership in  all 8 classes, or drop-in fee of $15 available, and applicable to total cost if you want to join after trying it out!

Dates and Times, etc for Seniors/limited mobility class:

Where: Forsyth Community Presbyterian Church

When: Tuesdays at 9am from May 31st through July 26th.  (June 28th does not have class, so 8 classes over a nine week period)

Cost: $50 for membership in all 8 classes, or a $15 drop-in fee is available and applicable towards total series cost, should you want to join after trying it out!

Comment here to find out more information or to sign-up!  Questions do not obligate you to anything…=-) 

New students do need to contact me before…

Come take care of your temple while worshiping our Lord and Savior! De-stress, detoxify, renew, restore, let go, and let God!

2 Corinthians 4:7-10 (New International Version)

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

I know, right?!?!?

My goodness…how is it that when one finally goes to bed on time, they wake up at 3am and cannot shut off the brain?!?  As I tossed and turned, and after getting up to heed the call of nature, I contemplated my choices: workout now, devotional now, finish credit card statement balance now, blog now, or lay here now?

Well, my mind eventually began thinking up phrases and sentences for the blog, so I thought, “alright!  here we go!”…been a long time comin’ and was on  my to-do list for the day anyway.

Which is how I find myself still here at 6:14 am just barely starting…but having immersed myself in the world of WordPress.  Sort of.

I have changed my blog’s appearance, I have attempted to link it up with Facebook and Twitter (thought I already had?), and spent an unheard of amount of time trying to figure out Gravatars…first of all, that word makes me think my pictures will all come out blueAnd why can’t I just have my picture show up in the sidebar already?  Why is there this funny symbol that one’s cursor must hover over to “sort of” see some pictures? Answers and help greatly appreciated.  I do believe God has better things for me to do at this moment than spend another unheard of amount of time deciphering Help topics…=-)  like, maybe catching up this blog!

aka, take a breath and let go...

And, breathe.

So, I have been promising various folks that I will be blogging about this or that for a few weeks now…so much to share about the wonders God is doing and has done in my life!

Psalm 105:5 (New International Version, ©2011)

5 Remember the wonders he has done,
   his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced

The crazy thing is, there is so much to tell, I may have to break it up into parts, or have a verrrrry long blog post.  I’ll let you know what I decide at the end…which by that time, you will already know.

And, I am thinking of going most recent to a month ago…which, since blogs appear with the most recently posted on top, means you may actually read them in order of occurrence!  Ha!  It is way too early for that Quantum Leap thinking…

And my alarm just went off, so it’s time to wake up. 😉

So, let’s start with NOW.

Right now I am trusting that even though this day has started incredibly backwards, God can anoint, protect, and turn it around!

Already I have been blessed by seeing my husband off to work and enjoying a healthy breakfast…the first important because I LOVE HIM SO, and the second, because I want to take care of this temple and glorify the Lord through it!

I am currently taking part in a “65 days to Reshaping It All” challenge.  To learn more, go here (not a hyplerlink, but there is one in the sidebar. Otherwise, please cut and paste…anyone want to tell me how to insert a hyperlink?):

http://reshapingitallwithcandace.blogspot.com/search/label/65%20Days%20to%20Reshaping%20It%20All

It is an online blog/community for those wishing to Reshape their lives spiritually and physically!  It is based on the book “Reshaping It All” by Candace Cameron Bure’ with Darlene Schacht.  I have written a review of the book on Amazon.com (again, not a hyperlink):

http://www.amazon.com/review/R3PNG5E9MWL37N/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1433669730&nodeID=&tag=&linkCode=

My reviewer name is Happy Girl.  Suffice it to say, it is a positive review. Please go check it out!

(I may post by itself afterwards, but I already have so many words with which to to inundate you!)

But Robyn, you teach Christ-centered yoga!  You sing and dance in a high energy show! You love healthy foods!  You talk about all of this good-for-us stuff!  Why would you need to do this challenge?

(a.k.a, I know, right?!?!)

Because God often uses my mess to give a message.

Through the next series of blogs, I hope to fill in whatever readers I may have (and I so appreciate you taking the time!) on how I have had just about every reason possible, be it nurture or nature, to have an eating disorder, to have obsessive-compulsive tendencies,  to lack peace in my spiritual and physical life…but I know the Truth, and the Truth has, is, and will, set me free!

John 8:36
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Have you ever had one of those times in your life when it seems all signs are pointing to the same direction?  When you have really sought God, and His answer is a “barrage” of resources that seem to just flow together?  (And believe me, in this world we are certainly exposed to sooo many resources all the time…the trick is leaning on Him for discernment as to which ones we focus our attention!)

Well, that has DEFINITELY been happening to me!

God has been using all kinds of things…He often speaks to me through music.  One of my favorite things when I go walking or jogging, is to set my I-pod to shuffle, and ask God to be my DJ…you would be ASTOUNDED by the incredibly accurate playlists He comes up with; both secular and Christian songs!  In fact, I am will be listing some of those soon!

God often speaks to me by “playing” a song over and over in my head until I stop to analyze why it keeps going…and it is usually a pretty obvious message…and even funny! (Sidebar: did you the know the week after Easter is Holy Hilarity week in Orthodox churches?  I just found this out!  God is the author of humor, and we can choose to laugh in honor of His pulling the ultimate trick on the Devil with the Risen Christ!  Awesome!  That is something to chortle about…=-))

And, lately, a lot of books.

How about “Made to Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst, “The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast” by Kristen Feola, “Raw Emotions” by Angela Stokes, and “I can make you thin”  by Paul McKenna (I know, what? There is good stuff there, I promise…don’t shy away!) ?  My plan is to discuss these in some form or fashion very soon…but for now, let’s just say they are most definitely linked with what I have been asking of God, and what He has been answering!

I did just finish a Daniel Fast, in fact, and have a blog of that to write…so stay tuned!  So much wonderful stuff to share and all of it leading to where I am right now!…and possibly what God may be trying to tell YOU…! (holla back, Kristen, I adore you and the book!  Can’t wait to share!)

So, yes, a history of body image issues (nurture and nature), family history of depression on one side and addiction on the other (thank the Lord for generational curses being broken in His Power), health issues (candida conditions, hormonal issues, injuries from my life as a high energy performer) have certainly distracted me and gotten me down from time to time…but God has always been there and will always be there…and the mountain of Emotional Eating is no longer mine.  What I have known to be true in my head for a long time in this issue is finally going to be true in my heart, in His timing and Strength!


So, let’s get down to the practical side of things…and doing the Reshaping It All challenge…I don’t know exactly what that will mean for me, yet, except that I do have a goal of blogging at least once a week about it.  I have a goal of consistency with my exercise, eating healthily AND having a treat once or twice a week, and most importantly, putting the first things first, meaning God and all that He is telling me to do!

What has He been telling me to do?  To get enough sleep.  To not only choose right foods, but TURN OFF THE TV when I am eating. To take 2 rest days a week from exercise (other than my show), and to choose exercises that I like (who doesn’t know that already?  and yet I have to be reminded), not what the world says is effective, because I will actually DO it.  (Romans 12:1-2, anybody?) To not only do the Love Dare on my husband, but Also On Myself (where appropriate)!

Because it all starts and ends with Love.  He is love.  He loves me.  Who am I not to love myself?  As is often said, can’t give away what I don’t have.

The ministering service He has given me, Vessels of Clay Yoga, LLC (Christ-centered yoga), depends on my ability to love…and funnily enough, I am able to love my students, but not myself.  I seek Him on their behalf and He fills me so full of Grace…but I have not received for me…so how could I be surprised if I do not seemingly walk in victory over my own issues?

1 Corinthians 13:1
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

I do not wish my thoughts and words towards myself to be a bunch of noise!  Where is the peace in that?  And my whole life and mission is all about love and peace!  My students see that, my friends see that, and I know it…I am ready to live it more often than I have…

Because you see, I DO live it…but I hear God calling me up higher…He doesn’t just want you or me to only have glimpses of the Joyful Life He came for us to have (John 10:10), He wants us to be free always!

There are gonna’ be down days…and luckily, we don’t have to live by how we feel.  I can also guarantee you that after a victory, the enemy is going to try to steal your joy.  Stick close to God, my friend.  This is where we have an opportunity to build up that Resistance Muscle…a phrase I am taking from Reshaping It all…

Oh yeah, the challenge!

Let’s quit babbling, shall we?  Yesterday was indeed a victorious day…the day before was one of moderation…Here is a cut-and-paste of yesterday’s tweets (had fun posting my healthy choices):

littleRobynRobyn Hurst
#reshapingitall have had marvy day of good food & movement; lists to follow! I praise You, oh Lord 4 your marvelous works in me & of me!

yoga this a.m., followed by performing in my show (#1 hits of the 60’s in Branson), & now to teach Christ-centered yoga!

Food: bfast: millet rice oatbran w/alm milk, chia seeds, hemp seeds. Snack:ezeke tortilla w/collards, chry tomatoes…#reshapingitall

Lnch:green smoothie w/green juice (made b4),rice prot pwdr,froz peaches, soaked dates, cinn, &lil greek yog!Yum sneaky veg. #reshapingitall

Pre~yoga teach din: homemade bean burg w/annie’s ketchup, salad of collard, almonds, onion, cranberries, flax oil n lemon vinegar. #

FINALLY, lil treat in form of java monster vanilla light. (needed to use micro in gas station & forgot fork, so…) love #reshapingitall!

Unloading yoga class stuff in rain=yucky, wet teacher, BUT also = @VeslsOfClayYoga is ready to kick it praise, worship, sweat n bliss style!

had a GRRREAAAAT time with my students tonight! Yummy yoga, powerful praise. Love you, Lord! Thank you for my portion!

Now, will I always post all those things?  Nope.  For me, that could become obsessive behavior.

What I want you to know is that the day BEFORE this one was a generally healthy eating day, but a rest day from exercise (except for my show); however,  after the show my hubby and I went out for an impromptu dinner of Sushi and Plum wine (one glass)…followed by Andy’s frozen custard.

Moderation in Action.

I chose NOT to condemn myself.  I actually had a peace about it.  And you can see how in following the Lord the next day, it went swimmingly!  Are there challenges?  Yes.  Before that dinner, we were supposed to have an appointment that the other party forgot.  Right now, I have been awake for 5.5 hours, and I have to leave for work in 4 hours.  Would like to work on Credit Card balancing, do some moving/exercising and take a nap, for heaven’s sake.  It’s going to take some strength just to make myself lie down…

Phillipians 4:13 tells me I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.  I am choosing to really believe and accept that this time.

I praise You, Lord, and I receive Your Word.  I mean it, I hear You!!!  And I am so humbled and blessed that you bother.  Thank You, Big Daddy.

With love,

your little Robyn



a work in progress…

Well, well, it has been about a year! And what a year it has been! As I continue to serve God in teaching Christ-centered yoga, I continue to add business elements to the business….so that being said, this blog will now also be a contact spot for questions to Vessels of Clay Yoga! Got a question, have some interest? Let me know, I am here to answer!

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