bringing the Gospel to the ends of the earth
We live in a beautiful, diverse world with evidence of our God’s creativity all around us. It’s also a world filled with pain, suffering, injustice and oppression, and there is a deep aching for redemption. As we anticipate the day the Lord will come and set all things right, we also believe He is inviting us to enter into the work He is doing right here and right now.
You see, we are so much more than yoga teachers – we are gospel preachers. Isaiah 61:1 says, “The Lord has appointed me for a special purpose. He has anointed me to bring the good news to the poor. He has sent me to repair broken hearts, and to announce freedom to all captives.” We use the modality of Holy Yoga to do just that: to shine His love and light to every dark corner of this earth.
How do we accomplish this mission?
- Biannual Breathe Love Give campaigns
- Trauma-Sensitive Holy Yoga training
- International missionary support
By doing yoga we learn to release all the tension in our muscles, find a place to let go of the stress, regulate our emotions, and come back to peace. Our girls need to see this modeled for them and learn these practices as well. Their emotions can cause their behavior to be erratic and at certain times, counseling is useless. These techniques of prayer while breathing and moving will really help our girls learn to self-regulate their emotions.
Breathe Love Give Campaign
The following is an excerpt from Interrupted, by Jen Hatmaker:
When Jesus [breaks the bread and offers the cup and says] “Do this in remembrance of Me,” [the word do indicates a present,] continuous action. Not only does Jesus’ statement require a constant response, but remembrance is from anamnesis, meaning ‘to make real.’ Communion is more than a memory, more than a reverent moment when we recall Jesus’ heroic sacrifice. Remembrance means honoring Jesus’ mercy mission with tangible, physical action since it was a tangible, physical sacrifice. In other words, “Constantly make this real.“
The Lord Jesus on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-24)
Now you are the body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:27)
Not only was Communion a symbolic ritual, it was a new prototype of discipleship. “Continuously make My sacrifice real by doing this very thing.” Become broken and poured out for hopeless people. Become a living offering, denying yourself for the salvation and restoration of humanity. Obedience to Jesus’ command is more than looking backward; it’s a present and continuous replication of His sacrifice. We don’t simply remember the meal; we become the meal.
Mercy has a cost: someone must be broken for someone else to be fed.
Powerful, right? James 1:22 tells us, “Put the word into action. If you think hearing is what matters most, you are going to find you have been deceived.”
We are community in Holy Yoga and the Breathe Love Give campaign is our collective way to be doers of the Word – to become the body of Christ and offer ourselves up for the restoration of humanity. Twice a year – May and November – Holy Yoga instructors around the globe will gather their local communities and together we’ll live out Jesus’ mercy mission in our second Breathe Love Give campaign. If you are seeking to live a life beyond yourself, where your choices benefit the lives of people you may never meet, join us during our Breathe Love Give campaigns. Keep your eyes open for more details and ways to get involved!
“The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.” – Maya Angelou