OutREach

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
  • Holy Yoga for Trauma workshops
  • 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.

Staff Member at a home for rescued girls in S. Asia

Holy Yoga for Trauma Workshop

In Holy Yoga we train our yoga instructors to go out into a broken and hurting world to create spaces where everyone has a place to belong.  The yoga postures and breath work woven with the Truth of God are the modality we use to invite others to find healing from the inside out and live from a place of freedom and abundance.  While it’s true that the body remembers everything we’ve been through, God can rewrite the story of our biology.  We believe that as we get free on our mat we are invited to share that freedom with others.

 

On October 13th & 14th, 2017 we will offer our first stateside Holy Yoga for Trauma workshop in Pasadena, California.  This 2-day experiential workshop is specifically designed for organizations looking to incorporate body-based therapy in their work with survivors of trauma.

 

Participants will learn:
  • the positive impact of Holy Yoga for trauma survivors.
  • the value of  the breath as it relates to trauma.
  • specific yoga postures and how they provide an outlet from triggers.
  • the importance of creating a safe environment.
  • how to weave scripture/truth into breathing exercises and body movement.

 

Participants will also develop their own association to the benefits of Holy Yoga for inner healing as they experience the power of breath work connected to movement while meditating on the word of God.

**To clear up any questions you may have, here’s a breakdown of the differences between the Trauma-Sensitive HY speciality training and the Holy Yoga for Trauma workshop:

Holy Yoga for Trauma Workshop

  • No certification to teach TSHY upon completion – simply learning tools to incorporate
  • 2-3 in person experiential workshop
  • Taught by Holy Yoga instructors who have completed TSHY
  • Basic overview of trauma and how it affects the body and how to incorporate HY principles
  • Designed to support individuals and organizations who work full time with survivors of trauma (but anyone interested is welcome)

VS

Trauma Sensitive Holy Yoga Training

  • Certifies you to teach Trauma Sensitive HY upon completion
  • 9-week interactive online webinar
  • Taught by a mental health professional who specializes in trauma
  • In depth conversation around trauma & yoga
  • Designed with the yoga teacher in mind

 

 

Holy Yoga for Trauma Workshop

Bringing Holy Yoga to local and international communities to help support the work of organizations fighting against human trafficking.

Bring the Holy Yoga for Trauma workshop to your area.

To find our more, contact outreach@holyyoga.net.

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

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