As I have grown deeper in my faith, I have found that a part of me yearns for liturgy. I crave an intimacy with scripture, a steeping of sorts. I find myself desiring to linger in scripture and interact with it in a new, fresh way.
Because the Baptist tradition (of which I am currently a part) doesn’t offer much in the way of liturgy, I have explored a variety of ways to establish my own. As I’ve written about in previous posts, over the past few months I’ve expanded my quiet time tool box to include Lectio Divina, Guided Scripture Meditation and today, I’m adding Yoga.
Full disclosure, I could probably count the number of Yoga classes I have attended in the last five years on my two hands. SO, I am by no means an expert. But, one of my passions is sharing new ways to engage with the Word of God- and this method is for all you kinesthetic learners!
Two months ago, I had the grand pleasure of sitting in on a Holy Yoga class. I loved everything about the class- the serenity, the scripture, the worship music- but one portion I was particularly taken by was the Sun Salutation.
The Sun Salutation is made up of eleven poses preformed in one fluid sequence. It can be done at a variety of speeds, however my preferred speed for this particular act of worship is slow. Traditionally, the Sun Salutation is used to show gratitude towards the sun for providing its light, and therefore life, to the Earth. Being a Believer, I (along with all who practice Holy Yoga) have co-opted this practice and use it as an opportunity to show our gratitude towards Jesus Christ, who is our light and source of life.
The reason I have decided to incorporate this small portion of yoga into my morning time with God is because it so perfectly lent itself to two things I have been craving:
- I have been looking to create a compilation of scriptures I could recite daily that would remind me of who I am and whose I am. Since learning the Sun Salutation, I have found 11 scriptures that I feel reflect each pose, and lead me in a rhythmic recitation of truth. Attaching motion to each statement has created a sense of meaning to what could easily become a rote experience.
- I have also been wanting to memorize scripture, and by stitching these scriptures together with the physical movements in each pose, I have been able to quickly memorize 11 new passages that set my mind on Christ each and every morning.
For the past few weeks I have been practicing the Sun Salutation, slowly moving from one pose to the next. I found it helpful to use the VoiceMemo’s app on my phone to record the name of each pose and it’s corresponding verse. I paused after each verse in the recording so I had time to slowly move into the pose and consider each verse, praying for the Spirit to etch each truth on my heart. I usually play the recording and move through the motions at the end of my quiet time. If my three year old is awake, I’ve invited her to try the movements with me as I listen to the verses. She thinks it’s pretty hilarious and I love speaking scripture over her each morning.
I’ve created a graphic (listed on my resource page!) that shares each pose and the corresponding verse I’ve chosen to recite with it. I would love for you to try it out and let me know what you think. Feel free to find your own verses to go with these motions, or perhaps you already do something similar to this on your own. I would love to hear all about it in the comment space below!