Lighten Up | Yoga & Life Coaching Workshop

LIGHTEN UP for Christmas Retreat

Co-hosted by Grace x Strength & She Seeks

20 amazing souls showed up to this God-breathed event. Some for themselves, some to show us support, some for Jesus.  Whatever the motivation behind, we hope that each and every one of our guest walked away with a “lightened up” sprit and renewed heart for the season and new year to come.

Tucked away in the lower north shore suburb of Artarmon, Yoga Pavilion, we felt, was the perfect spot for our mini-retreat.  We divided the group into two sessions and grouped them based on the level of yoga experience that we knew or felt they would prefer. We hoped that each individual walked away with their She Seeks coaching booklet ready to take the world with their 2018 goals and some soulful moments on their mat in their yoga session.

As with all our events, classes and retreats, it is with trust and faith that we believe the day’s events and the people are answered prayers. Prayers from the hosts that:

1.Our hearts are postured humbly to bring Him glory through our passion do what we do.

2. He calls those to show up to show up.

3. He uses our being, our lips, our bodies to be the vessels to bring His message to those who need to hear and to be the heart to those whom He wants to touch.

The event filled our hearts. We are so thankful for the honest feedback, positive and tips for improvement (where there will always be).

Our gratitude goes to our guests who so faithfully stayed with us and practiced “being present”.

We are so pleased to be able to offer 10% of our ticket sales to help Holy Yoga’s Breathe Love Give Campaign, to being trauma-sensitive yoga training to parts of the world that need it. May You All be blessed.

With love and light,

Alyssa, Josephine & Joanne xx

Celebrating Christmas for What It IS About

2015 Christmas. It took me 33 years to get here but in the larger scheme of things, I got here nice and early. I trust, too, through God’s guidance.

Got where? Well, I got to celebrate Christmas for what it is about. Truly.

What IS Christmas about?  Simple. (Don’t be fooled by the photos.)

Happy birthday, JESUS!

It is the celebration of the 1st coming of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. And an anticipation of His 2nd coming. The latter not so generally chorused but something I personally celebrate together with the school of Christians who also celebrate this.

Advent [meaning: to expect, to anticipate, the coming] was sacred for me. I’ve never even given Advent much thought in the past other than the chocolate advent calendar. Again, this year, God blessed me with this time to experience Advent.

Practically, how do all of this differ from my past Christmas celebrations? Well,

  1. No stressing over presents and decorations
  2. No stressing over throwing an X’mas party like I’m celebrating my own birthday
  3. Keeping close to the Word (and boy, does that transform you)
  4. Clothing myself with the glory of God and hopefully, letting that shine bright to those around me about the true meaning of Christmas
  5. More time with Jesus, less time with my ‘own effort’

What was the result?

  1. I am 200% happier from within
  2. My life has transformed from the inside out. There is true joy, peace and calm amidst the usually busy and festive time of the year
  3. My family benefits from my transformation
  4. I am proud that I bring my Saviour glory

And how did those changes come about?

  1. The first was the tick off my 2015 NY Resolution – to be baptised. Some friends who have yet to know Christ chuckle at my ‘tender age’ to make this proclamation. I smile because in some ways, they are right. My spiritual age is tender and the baptism is symbolic of my rebirth to this life. This important step in my life has paved the way for so much of my spiritual growth this year.
  2. Holy Yoga has played the most significant part of this transformation. The community, the ministry work that keeps me grounded to The Word, the meditation, the connection with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
  3. Being a part of a community; a Christ-loving community. It has been my biggest blessing to be surrounded by my Holy Yoga Family, my church congregation and finally, my dear family.

So, Christmas is now behind me. I have the new year to look forward to. When I do everything in His glory, I get my returns in 10 fold.

I’m almost sad that Christmas is over. But I rejoice in the fact that this year is the beginning to many that will bring the real meaning of the celebration to my family and friends.

Christmas Wreath Meaning & Christmas Yoga Flow 

   
 We had a fun class today outdoors doing power, working around our mats in a circular flow around the mat symbolising the Christmas Wreath. We learnt about the Advent wreath and what it symbolises. Circle = Christ’s salvation bringing eternity

  1. Green(ery) around the leaves = Hope 
  2. 4 candles = We are the light of God
  3. 3 candle colours:
  4. White = Purity of Christ
  5. Royal/Light Blue = #Loyalty of Christ/ The Sky (look up in anticipation)
  6. Pink/Rose = #Joy

There you go!

Entering Advent

     
Today ends the #PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional in child’s pose. Here it looks like I’m begging. And there’s an element of that. I beg for God’s forgiveness and grace.

It also looks like I am cupping my hands in a gesture receiving grace. And there’s an element of that. I show gratitude and give thanks to our Lord for sending us a Saviour. I am so #thankful for all the things I have in my life and all the things get to do (as opposed to ‘have’ to do). It looks like I am worshipping. And there is an element of that. I worship my God. I love Him and I want to serve Him. 

Finally, it looks like I am laying down something. And there is an element of that. I lay everything at your feet. My all… Thank you for coming to offer salvation. 

Thank you hosts for this “challenge”. It has been fulfilling and most rewarding for me. I can actually enter into advent, for what advent is.

Is God Doing Anything For You?

  We started this challenge with opening our hearts- through poses and meditation. To prepare our hearts for the Advent season, we wanted to first examine our hearts and see where we need His light to shine as we head into this time of preparing for the coming of our King.

As we near the end of the challenge, we bow in surrender to the great work He is faithful to complete in us.

The @naptimediaries advent devotional says, “God has already done it all, we simply have to engage in the freedom that has already been established for us.” What amazing freedom that is!! We don’t have to DO it. He only asks that we engage in what He is doing, surrender to the new life He is creating in us. “So friend, what is it in your life that God is doing? Take a minute to yourself and ask God what He is doing in your heart in this Advent season. What does He want to free you from? 

It is not in our doing, it’s simply engaging in God. The God who brings joy, peace and hope to every situation that He is apart of.” ❤

How Would You Describe Jesus

  Yesterday was day 12 of the #PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional. I didn’t have time to do it yesterday and wanted to honour the time for this devotional. So I did it today on day 13. It’s “drawing meditation” combined with Lectio Divina. 

Note: not sure what “adimarable” is in the picture but totally an example of where I’m learning to embrace “imperfection” where it is not required. 😜

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

To me, these words describe our King. Jesus. And it’s timely as we approach #advent… To think of all of the qualities that Jesus is and has. We often talk about trying to be more ‘Christ-like’. When I start dwelling on these adjectives, it was just like, “wow”. Just… wow… 

Would or can I use ALL those words to describe myself? Probably not yet… Probably never… Thankful I have my Saviour to look up to.

P.S. I also learnt about the meaning of the Advent Wreath so that’s what I was attempting to draw.. 😂

God Changes…that Make a Difference

  Today is day 11 of the #PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional. And today’s devotional comes from @naptimediaries Advent journal.


“Whenever the tides of change come, it is an opportunity to act rather than react.  When I align my expectations with God’s will, it becomes easier to embrace the change rather than fight against it.

As we embrace God’s will we are becoming more like Him. ‘And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.  For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.’ (2 Corinthians 3:18)

God isn’t throwing change at us to confuse us. God is molding us into His image. What changes are on the horizon of your life? How is God calling you to adjust your expectations? How is He shaping you to be more like Him? Are you ready to embrace the process?

It’s time. Open your heart, mind, and spirit to His way. He is good. He has a plan.”   -Heather Burris


If I had to pick between ‘change’ or ‘routine’, I would always lean towards the latter.  Not that I can’t cope with change.  I just don’t enjoy it.  I never have.  If I had to be honest with myself, it’s because I fear unpredictability.  I like predictability.  I like to know that things are within control.  MY control, to be specific.  Again, another learning in my spiritual life; that really, God is the one in control.  And I can totally learn to surrender and let him lead on changing fronts.  On every occasion that I’ve been faced with change, I always come out on the other side stronger.  In hindsight, I’ve always…hear me, ‘ALWAYS’, come out on the other side seeing how God has played a part.  I often struggle with the ‘surrendering’ bit but I’m getting a good grasp at it now.  That’s faith building inside me and I’m thankful for the opportunity to know it this way.  I’ve realised that when you stop acting like a control freak, that’s precisely all that changes.  You AREN’T the control freak.  The outcome is the same, except you have picked up and learnt the power of prayer, obedience, grace and peace along the way.  More recently, I have journeyed through changes in my life that have invited the Holy Spirit’s guidance.  And boy, has that made all the difference.  The BEST difference in my sense of peace, belonging and identity.

THAT, to me, is the change that God wants to see in us when He puts us in situations of change.

Host: @thaliasoulcare @mandajoyyoga @christian.yogi.love
Sponsors: @thaliasoulcare @holyyogaministries @getfaithbox @thefamilybox @heartfelthullabaloo