Shhh. I’m trying to keep it a secret, but I did actually go to a yoga class at our friendly neighborhood YMCA.
I know, I know. What’s the big deal? Who isn’t doing yoga these days?
Well, you have to remember, I’m a card-carrying, ultra-conservative, homeschooling, dress-wearing Christian mom to 7+2, and in our circles, well, you just DON’T DO YOGA! The fact that yoga is so closely linked, whether people realize it or not, with Hinduism brands it with a big red X for most people like me.
I’ve never had the desire to do yoga (or any other exercise, for that matter), so it’s been easy to push it away and throw it into the bag of things I dare not do; but I’ve been doing a little examining of the contents of that bag lately and yoga is one thing I’m examining more closely. See, with people with Down syndrome living longer and longer, I will have to live to be approximately 106 in order to outlive Noah. With a resting heartrate of over 100, at this pace, I’m not going to make it. I’ve gotta start somewhere and yoga seemed like a good place. My first class was a huge success. Julie, the yoga instructor at the Dripping Springs Y who taught my class, met me at the door with a big serene smile and words of encouragement. She talked us through every little step in the class, and I felt completely at ease. Well, completely at ease until I mixed up my right and left foot. I left the class feeling soooo relaxed, and on the way home I realized I had completely range of movement in my neck – something I haven’t had in about five years. It was amazing!!!!
I also found a peculiar transformation in my thought process as well. I felt so relaxed and at peace after the class and had the desire to remain in that state. As we drove home and my mind started drifting to the stress inducing situations in my life, as soon as those thoughts entered my mind, they were met with a response along the lines of, “But I’m not going to let that rob me of the way I feel right now.” It wasn’t even a conscious decision on my part. And while I do find it imperitive to live in reality, not allowing stress to dominate my emotional state I think is not only a positive move but also a scriptural one.
6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Phillipians 4:6-7.
22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galations 5:22-23
23 “‘Everything is permissible”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”–but not everything is constructive. 24 Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.25 Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience,26 for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”27 If some unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience. 28 But if anyone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the man who told you and for conscience’ sake— 29 the other man’s conscience, I mean, not yours. For why should my freedom be judged by another’s conscience? 30 If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for?31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10: 23-31.