New challenge announcement
join us for 10 days of creativity & freedom in your yoga practice for #aloflow !
this yoga challenge will be open to all levels of yoga experience. we will provide a pose for each day of the challenge and you can incorporate the pose into your own flow. this will encourage you to get creative in your yoga practice and maybe try out some new transitions and movement styles after being inspired by others in the gallery. -
we highly encourage you to engage and interact with the other yogis in the challenge to continue an idea of inclusion and building out our yoga community 🙏
how to play:
1. follow all hosts and sponsors
2. use the #aloflow 3. repost this flyer and tag some friends to join!
4. post a picture or video each day with the pose of the day
5. set your profile to public so we can see -
hosts: @northcarolina_yogagirl @cupcakesandyoga @freckled_yogi @alissayoga @yoga_ky -
sponsors: @aloyoga @alo.moves @bendy_babes
Are you tired of “religion?” me too. i’ve even been tired of myself lately, feeling like all i do is spit out scriptures without showing any “real life.” well here it is.
i just told my husband last night that i feel so discouraged. i feel like ever since i’ve been confronted by people telling me i’m going the “wrong” way when i’ve been seeking god with all my heart, that i feel like doing absolutely nothing now. it’s like they took a bucket of ice water and threw it on the fire inside of me. is that what christians are called to do? and then in the very same moment, i wonder why i let myself play the victim. why do i let their thoughts and opinions of me control me?! why am i not practicing what i “preach” and let god’s opinion of me be the only one that matters? but the truth is, i’ve felt so distant from god since then. i wonder, why even try? why not just sit in a pew and do absolutely nothing for god for the rest of my life? i mean, i can just read the bible to my kids and that’s that. that’s what i feel like people want me to do. but is that what god is calling me to? is that what god is calling you to?
the world can be harsh, mean and judgmental. but that’s not god. it may seem like god is the one hurting you when it’s his people that do the “speaking” for him... but in all reality, he loves you very much and is wanting to draw you in to him. he wants my heart, and he wants to be the one to teach and guide me through his holy spirit.
so today, again, i’m giving it all to him. i’m going to let myself rest in his presence. he is the restorer of my soul, and he knows how much i need it.
i want to always remember that he is not religion. he is life, hope, love... and so much more. he wants to have a personal relationship with me, but i can’t get that if i don’t let myself be loved by him. “surround me with your warm embrace today, father. ease my hurts, calm my worries and bring me into your peace. let me always keep you first above all. you are the one i can trust. you love me in my strength and you love me in my weakness. i’m so grateful for your relentless love.” #godislove#discouraged#encourage#breakchains
Waiting on #valentinesday like... 🔜💕
but for real, today has been a wonderful day of rest. i wouldn’t mind too much if it never ended. 😊 “are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? then come to me. i will refresh your life, for i am your oasis. simply join your life with mine. learn my ways and you’ll discover that i’m gentle, humble, easy to please. you will find refreshment and rest in me. for all that i require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.” -jesus
What do you associate with light? i would associate: truth (the ability to see clearly), energy (there is power involved in light), life (the spark of joy in people), warmth (sunlight gives you warmth) excitement (just as fire spreads, joyful excitement is contagious.) jesus said, “i am the light of the world. he who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” john 8:12
this sounds like a promise of god that i want to hold dear to my heart. i want to be far from darkness: lies, deception, fear, hurt, and dormancy.
i want to bring the warmth of my saviors love into the lives of people who are around me. i want to experience a life of truth, to know my father for who he truly is. i want my excitement for him to pour into my excitement to live! behind the words to “embrace” him, we are given a promise... and his promises never fail.
what promise of god are you clinging to today? 💡 💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡
Looking past the present circumstances and asking god what he sees for the future. what does his plans look like? what would he like the outcome to be? the more i learn about my fathers character, the clearer i can see his purposes for problems we face. he wants to be the healer and redeemer, never the destroyer for his children. if you can look past your current predicament and see an outcome with peace, hope, and love... that’s god. grasp that.
now. how can i intentionally live my life daily to work towards this outcome? #peace#hope#love
For a while now, i’ve been asking god to “prune” my heart. i’ve discovered that he is such a kind, loving, compassionate father and that his “pruning” would be for my good and not my detriment, so i welcomed it.
we will just say that the last few weeks have been quite challenging for me. things that i’ve never experienced happened and left me feeling heartbroken and like a failure. it stirred up emotions of anger, bitterness and hatred. the way they came out though.. it felt as though those feelings had actually been there for a long time or else they would have never erupted the way they did.
tonight, i realized... father, you’re pruning me, aren’t you? the way i have handled myself under these situations have not been in a way where i trusted my father to take care of me... but instead left myself to be my own defender. in my feeling of inadequacy and defeat, it left me with so much negativity.
now i can look on these situations as god showing me i had a heart issue. i don’t have to hold bitterness... i can let it go because that’s what god is scraping away from my heart. he’s constantly working... and so evidently answering prayers! “clean my yucky heart, god! i don’t want to be burdened by my sin any more! i want to live in your hope.. in your freedom.. in your grace and mercy! help me to receive it and walk away from my humanness. help me understand i am full of your righteousness and let me cling to that! let me desire to be more like you every single day! i still receive your pruning, because i know it’s for my good. i love you!” 💕 “he cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” john 15:2
Who has god called you to be?
the thing is, people will tell you all day long how to talk, what to wear, how to believe, how not to believe, what to eat, what to drink, who to befriend and who not to befriend... the list goes on and on. and until you can start hearing for yourself who you were created to be, all of these opinions will rule over you. you will make these people’s opinions “gods” over you and that is the last thing god actually had on the agenda for your life.
can i encourage you today to read his words? get to know who our heavenly father is. ask him what he thinks about you. ask him to reveal his purpose for your life, because i promise you, there is one.
when you know what you were created for, you can start living out of confidence because god’s opinion of you is all that truly matters. don’t get me wrong, at times, people’s opinions and judgments do hurt and make you feel like you’re in the wrong... but always strive to hear gods voice above mans.
today i was walking in a field and the song “living hope” came on. (it’s one of my favorites) i started wondering, “why do these words mean so much to me, father?” all of a sudden it clicked. 💡 jesus defeated death. he arose in victory. after he arose, he sent his spirit to live inside of those who believed in him. the same spirit that defeated death... the ultimate challenge... lives inside of us today! there should be no obstacle, opinion, or judgment that weighs us down or leaves us discouraged because the ultimate discouragement.. death.. has been defeated by the same power that lives inside of us! so whatever you are facing.. great or small.. it is covered! we have no need to fear, for the one who can overcome absolutely any difficulty is for us! he loves us unconditionally and went great lengths to prove so! he's the ultimate empowerment!
what is god/holy spirit speaking to you today? invite him to lead you into your calling. he will never leave you or forsake you. he’s a good father that can be trusted. 💗 #yoga#faith#hope
I’m not sure what’s going on over here, but i just had a lot more yoga breakthroughs. 😳 #aintmadaboutit
first off, i got a #crowpress?!? and then held a handy after kicking over from wheel. then was able to come up into locust pose from laying flat, which i haven’t done in years... then tried another new press suggested by my friend @dms_yoga#ladylegspress to work on getting a pike press... and then got a half pike press from my weak side!? 🤷🏼♀️ idk, but i think today is a day for miracles! ✨
wearing the comfiest @aloyoga