1-Week Yoga Challenge: Day 4

Todays yoga routine was a bit different compared to the previous days. I had to wake up extra early so I had time to do the 25 minutes of yoga and reflect on it. Well…that didn’t really work out! I completed the first 10 minutes in the morning and did the remaining time in the later afternoon. I also didn’t reflect on it, so I did it again the next morning, all in one sitting! So now that I feel confident in my efforts, let’s get to it:

“14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.” -Genesis 1:14-19

Caroline started off todays practice with God’s words on day four of creation. She paired His words with heat-intense movements at first, comparable to the sun, and then used different movements to cool down our bodies, comparable to the moon. She discussed how the stars in the sky are all purposefully placed in space and time. Just like us. She describes God’s idea of the sun, moon, and stars as harmony. Ask yourself, are you living in harmony? Does your life consist of go-go-go, or are you the type who waits around and leads a simple life?

Our beginning movements definitely turned up the heat! Because they were so quick-paced and balance-oriented, I didn’t think about God as much as I have with our more meditative movements in the past.  I think these movements were to give emphasis on the sun, the most powerful light that governs the day. The sun was meant for daytime and daytime was meant to get stuff done. Amen? Similarly, the moon is the light in the darkness. We are to keep God as our source for everything, even our source of rest. The moon symbolizes peace and calmness, cooling down or mind and body. I felt the presence of God a bit better here. Our poses were completely effortless but were still stretching– a perfect harmony to find God in.

This combination of sun and moon yoga, hatha yoga, is meant to reflect on what areas of your life need to be balanced out. Ask God where these areas are. Think of ways you can rebalance your life with the help of God and His strength. I think the beginning of having a balanced life is making sure God is your anchor, keeping you centered.

Is God the center of your life today?

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