Yoga Teacher, Gospel Preacher

"You're a yoga teacher, gospel preacher." Those were the words spoken to us during our 'graduation' on our final night of immersion week as part of our 225 hour Holy Yoga teacher certification. Before that declaration was a stream of words spoken by one of our leaders that only God knew would reach the depths of each of our hearts as the words articulated the truths we most needed to hear, the encouragement to stay the path once returning home, and the confidence to stand in the truth of who we are even when we so often forget. Each member of my small group had a different divinely inspired word spoke over them and mine was just as special and unique as each of the others... Seen. Adored. Kind. Sweet. A few other words were spoken then came the one... accepted. The very first night at Bible with the creator [...]

2018-11-30T03:26:02+00:00

Move Mountains

If you have faith even the size of a mustard seed you can move mountains.   This thought came streaming through my mind as I watched the mountains grow bigger and bigger before my eyes. Travelling through the Canadian Rockies was a first for me, and as I sat in the back seat on our way to the coast, I took in their grandiose nature.   I had never really thought about how I felt about mountains. When I lived in Half Moon Bay for five months in 2012, I didn’t put much thought into the mountains so daringly placed on the coastline I called “home” for the duration of my fellowship. It was just mountains and ocean side by side. Perhaps that’s why the mountains never made me feel… the expansive ocean on one side kept me feeling free.   The Rockies, however, are mountains on either side of [...]

2018-09-02T01:41:50+00:00

My Thoughts on Yoga + Jesus

When you say the universe, I hear Jesus. When you say the divine within, I hear the Holy Spirit. When you say you are equipped with everything you need, that you are meant to be in this moment, that this is exactly where you need to be, I hear that with God nothing is impossible, that we are all called to bloom where we are planted, that no matter where I am, I can live out a purpose bigger than I am. Yoga has become a somewhat controversial topic in the realms of spirituality-- especially for Christians. For years I’ve been hearing about how ‘Christians shouldn’t do yoga’ and while the list of things Christians should or shouldn’t do could go on and on and on (and can vary, depending who you talk to!), the state of our heart is at the root of what we should or shouldn’t do. [...]

2018-08-01T17:57:39+00:00

Today I Weighed Myself

Today I weighed myself... I haven't weighed myself in probably over two years. It's not something I take part in. From years of self-worth found in being skinny and continually telling the joke that "being skinny is all I had going for me" since I always felt there were always a million other girls a million times more beautiful than I, I came to a breaking moment where I knew the scale had to go. Not that I ever owned one, but when the temptation was around-- at a friends house or my parents-- I'd have to fight hard to stay away. You see, for some strange reason, I always had this mentality that if I weighed over a certain weight, that was it! The one thing I had going for me would be gone and who was I to be then? As I became an adult, and metabolism [...]

2018-01-02T01:41:39+00:00

Social Media Detox

Social Media. I absolutely love the endless potential and inspiration provided by social media-- the ability to scroll through a feed and see images of beautiful styling, informative posts on any topic you find value in, and inspirational quotes reminding you that you are enough. Instagram, especially, has allowed a whole new genre of creative to take focus and find a creative outlet that can also put food on the table. If you’re someone who has a flair for colour palettes, a keen eye for detail, and a love for pleasing aesthetic, Instagram has provided endless creative opportunities. For me, especially, the beauty found on Instagram has fueled my creativity and allowed me to express and share my outlet with those around me-- from photo styling to my blog.   The downside of social media is how addictive it can be. How we flawlessly reach for our phones every morning [...]

2017-09-26T02:06:05+00:00

Reclaiming Faith + Self-Care

I am beginning to dabble in the idea that my immature faith has caused me to deny myself self-love. That the continued message of living as a servant to others has led me to deny that I need time for me and that my time is only valuable when put towards the greater good-- that my value and worthiness comes strictly from my pursuit to put myself last and everything else first. While at first, this sounds heroic and humble, like things we are continually told to do, there's a piece of the message being preached that is missing... like the last page fell from the pile of carefully assembled notes and no one ever cared to pick it up. I'm starting to realize that if God loves us as His children, that if we have immeasurable value to Him, then, yes, He wants us to serve others, serve Him, [...]

2017-07-02T22:44:27+00:00

4 am Beauty

My favourite time of day is the early morning. Not 8 am early morning, Not 6 am early morning, 4 am early morning. Photo (from quite a few years back in Hamilton, Ontario) by the lovely and talented Krysten Cathleen Photography When I happen to wake up around this time of the morning, I relish in the quiet joy of stillness that surrounds me. A sleeping husband to my left, a sleeping cat to my right. The freshly fallen snow or leaves, the freshly sprouted grass or flowers, all untouched but ready for the natural sun stage-light to cast its beams for their stage call so they can show off their beauty, stillness & overnight transformation. In scripture, we read about how tomorrow is a new day. Sorrows may come, hardships, moments of weakness; but the light and love of a new day will come. Each morning, beginning [...]

2017-01-03T00:00:42+00:00

Healing – My Healing Session Experience

Healing is such an interesting word. We can think of healing in many different ways but its deepest root is positivity—to become whole again. I recently had a healing session with one of my yoga-teachers-turned-friend Savannah. I will be the first person to admit, when she first mentioned I should come to a healing session, my mind was full of doubt and disbelief, intertwined with playful curiosity and intrigue. As someone who has a firm belief in my own faith, I am definitely open to hearing about what other people find worthy of their own belief—where people find truth, and how similarities form. Let’s be honest, as a Christian, we are continually told to go out and make disciples of those around us, spread the gospel, and see people come to Christ. One of the reasons I love hearing about another individuals belief system is because I love seeing where [...]

2016-11-20T04:22:54+00:00

Morning Light

With soft light from the hallway gently cascading warmth into the bedroom, contrasting the cool blue, early morning light from a chilly fall day where the sun hasn't made its first stage call yet, I calmly have the opportunity, without timelines or carved-in-concrete to-do lists, to take time to enjoy the little moments of peace and beauty. Reading about the depth of character emulated in story of the idealistic woman in proverbs 31, reading encouragement and challenge in bible study form from Grit & Virtue, then venturing to Instagram and tapping down the rabbit hole from feed, to like, to profile, leaves me in awe. I stumble upon amazing creators honestly living their lives in struggle and joy, while beautifully displaying their passion in ways that encourage and throw sparks of imagination into the quiet world surrounding me. What an inspiring morning. With my glasses still on the dresser, little [...]

2016-11-10T04:56:01+00:00

Prayer of Gratefulness

Thank you, Lord, for developing in me the skills I need to do the work you have planned for me; for adjusting my interests and tweaking my eye towards details that will come together to live out a will for my life that is completely yours-- and that while it is completely yours, it's also one I am excited about too! Thank you for passions and creativity, thank you for pleasing colours and palettes and creating life to offer so much beauty. Thank you for your daily growth- that today I'm not the person I was yesterday, and the person I will be tomorrow I don't know today. Thank you for your endless love.

2016-11-10T04:48:56+00:00