May 12, 2016

file0001835077692Lately I have been thinking about the idols in my life. We all have them but there are some that are harder to recognize than others. The innocent ones that don’t seem to fit the category. Those are the ones that have been revealed to me recently.

An idol is anything that takes priority in your life so much so that you depend on what it gives you more than God.

I have come to realize even my spouse and my child can become idols in my life.

Similarly, I think about the yoga movement. It is beneficial to our bodies, minds, and spirits and I love it. Yet there is a lot of controversy over how it fits into the life of a Christian. Some people believe that going through the physical poses of something that originates from a different belief system, you are worshiping other gods.

Yet in our american culture, which is the framework for the classes of which we are a part, I don’t think the threat lies there. I think the threat lies in things like materialism and vanity. The yoga culture in our world is not even one of simplicity and contentment like Buddha would have taught. It is that of consumerism and trend.

Corporations are playing on our need for beauty and belonging, and we are buying into it with 50 dollar yoga pants and every little gadget promising to improve our practice.

If we are going to examine the gods of yoga as a Christian, I think we need to see it as it stands in our culture.


May 3, 2016

FullSizeRender (1)As many of you know, I delivered a beautiful baby boy into the world on March 2nd. My first child. I delivered him naturally, without pain medications, and underwent the hardest, most painful and difficult task of my life.

New life. It’s a miracle to behold. The design of woman’s body to grow a child in her womb, then deliver that child. And feed him with her body. It’s a beautiful plan.But one thing I am now dealing with is getting this body back into shape.

Not only is child birth traumatic but the after effects are pretty traumatic as well.

It can do a number to your self esteem. And though I am excited to get back to unmodified yoga and running, the results can’t come fast enough.

I wanted to take this time to share a parallel God revealed to me recently. When Christ died on the cross for us, his body was broken. He underwent pain so that we may have new life. A similar, yet less severe example is that of child birth. When we choose to create life and bring it into the world to live, we are not just choosing the cute pregnancy pictures. We are choosing to let our bodies be broken and used up so that another may have life.

 So I will keep this in mind. Next time I am doing yoga and shuddering at my saggy belly, I will remember that the sacrifice was worth it and linger in the magnitude of God’s sacrifice for me.

Freedom in Submission

October 9, 2015

file0001031918094-1Yoga appeals to the emotions. It’s part of what makes it effective to the whole health of a person. Yoga is not just physical. It is spiritual and emotional. Not only are some poses designed to release anxiety and trapped emotions, but it puts us in touch with our own limitations. Learning a new discipline requires humility and submission to our limitations. But, take heart, we are all in it together. That’s why we call it our practice.

Personally, I have learned more about limitations now that I am pregnant than ever before.

It has been very humbling to see my abilities changing as my body does. I have had to swallow my pride, as I modify my poses.

An important part of yoga is the ability to listen to your body, not pushing it past its limits. We have to all swallow our pride and challenge ourselves at the level that is appropriate for us. Many times, before a class, I will encourage my students to not judge themselves or compare themselves to anyone else. Now I confess, I am taking a lesson from my own book. I have to submit to my limitations, not only for my own physical well being, but now I am responsible for a life inside of me.

I am very thankful for my knowledge of prenatal  and gentle yoga, so that I can modify my poses.

Starting November 1st, I will join the ranks as I lead a gentle/prenatal class. If you can relate to the need for a gentler practice, come join me!

The Heart Behind the Yogi

April 25, 2015

Clock fleur de lisOftentimes when I prepare a class, there is an even mix of strategic planning and spontaneous spiritual leading. Recently I shared a verse from Psalm with my class and I admitted it was something that was on my heart but I didn’t explain why. Now I want to take the opportunity to open a door for you, into the heart behind the yogi. Continue Reading…


March 17, 2015

DSCN9418What feelings come to mind when you hear the word, “ambition”? Does it give you energy: a fire in your gut that spurs you on toward your goals? Or does it make you feel stressed and uneasy, riddled with fear and insecurity? Continue Reading…

Charity and Contentment

February 17, 2015

shoes-5Until recently, extra spending money and shopping for fun were foreign concepts to me. I was always raised to see things like clothes and food from a practical standpoint. It didn’t matter if I wasn’t in style. It was what we had and we learned to be content. Continue Reading…

I was recently asked to respond to an article, discovered by one of my students. I have touched on this topic before but am always excited to return to the debate.

Therefore, let me present to you my response to the following article: Should Christians Do Yoga

First of all, let me say I admire Laurette for what she is doing. PraiseMoves is a great idea! I have tried similar techniques in my yoga classes before, and I am excited to see she is using postures and scripture together to minister to many. Continue Reading…

Perspectives From the Mat

January 29, 2015

PrenatalAs another season of teaching prenatal yoga begins, I have become aware once again to the beauty and excitement of creation. I love being a part of young women’s lives during this season, where a unique person is being created. To be able to help in whatever way I can with their journey through pregnancy is a privilege. Continue Reading…


January 20, 2015

I have seen students intimately connect with yoga recently through a freestyle method of teaching. I first saw this at a teacher training I did in Raleigh. The teacher told us to move into whatever flow of standing poses we wished. I was shocked and nervous at first. But for the next five minutes, I decided to block out the people around me and move as my spirit led me through my favorite standing poses. Continue Reading…

Yoga Therapy

January 16, 2015

ttronslien-Yoga is breath and movement. It is a mind-body connection that renews and ignites. There are so many things I love about yoga but one of its most appealing qualities, to many, is its therapy. Not just physical therapy, though that is part of it. But yoga opens an intimate and vulnerable piece of the student through the poses and techniques. Continue Reading…