Purify – Holy Yoga Retreat

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      ARE YOU SERIOUS?

Yoga + Chef cooking for me + worshipping with other Sisters in Christ

I’m there!

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On my way up to the yoga retreat at Idyllwild, I thought a lot about Purify.  My heart says, it’s full, no more purifying for me. But I had no idea how God was going to bless me through this 3 day retreat. We did yoga facing looking out from floor to ceiling glass windows, which gave a panoramic view of the snow capped mountains. We were “completely” spoiled by the delicious food made by Michelle, owner of Flavorful! our ears were blessed to hear music by singer and song writter, Lyndi Hoenegger. The most rewarding above and beyond the yoga + food was meeting sisters in Christ who has a heart to draw us closer to God.

During our time at the retreat, there were a few sharing sessions where the Holy Yoga Instructors shared, gave testimonies and challenged us to think about our defenses and how that blocks our ability to receive. Furthermore, we were encouraged toward allowing God to purify our motives, minds when it comes to self image. There was so much that I received out of the weekend, but here are the highlights.

SELF IMAGE

For me, my weak spot, my hair. My family has a history of thin hair, so growing up, I braced myself for the day that I’ll be bald. I can’t imagine feeling beautiful when I’m bald. Yet, God spoke into my heart that if I can’t love who He’s made me to be, then I am dishonoring him. In Genesis, He says, “we are made in his image”, and if we are made in the image of God, whatever shape, size or bald, we are “LOVED” and “BEAUTIFUL” because we are HIS. It was so reassuring to hear those words in the midst of a huge FEAR for the loss of hair.

In a separate session, Lyndi shared with us about Eve. Eve was God’s creation of women and how beautiful she must have been. While in paradise being so close to the Creator, she still doubted God’s goodness. Tempted by the serpent, she went against God’s command to not eat of the fruit from the tree of knowlege. Made in the image of God, aren’t we all like Eves? How easily we doubt the goodness of God and we try to chase the image of what the world tells us is beautiful.

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What would life be like, if we chose daily to believe that we are beautifully and wonderfully made? That we possess in us, a part of Eve. In the passage Psalm 139: 14 it says, “I praise  you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that well.” What if God sees me beautiful, even if I was bald. During this weekend, I felt that God took away my fears about my hair and replaced it with LOVE and AFFIRMATION that He sees me as His beautiful daugher. I want to live daily in that truth!

HOLY YOGA

I always loved yoga because it gave me time to reflect and just be. Doing Holy Yoga with christian music is amazing because the whole pracetice if focused on worship through mind, body and spirit. Check out some photos from our yoga sessions.

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FOOD

My new found LOVE is Kale. The week after I came home from retreat, all I ate for the week was organic fresh baby kale with roasted beets. I went straight for the local farmers market and picked up the simple ingredients. So here it is everyone!

Kale – wash, i take away the stems/ Beets (red or golden) – sauteed/ Dressing – a squeeze of lemon, olive oil, honey, pepper & salt.

Meet the Chef Michelle of Flavorful! Michelle was the mastermind behind this delicious Kale Beets Salad Receipe.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography is my passion. When you put together worship and photography, I’m in heaven. It was so great being able to photograph some women in Catalyst sessions – photography sessions that captures someone in the moment and celebrating who they are. AND i was able to take pictures of everyone doing yoga and having a great time. Here are some highlights from a Catalyst and group photos.

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Lastly, the talented team that created the Holy Yoga Retreats.

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For more information about Holy Yoga or attending a Selah Retreat Event, go to www.holyyogala.com or www.holyyogaoc.com for more information. If you live in Los Angeles area, contact Holy Yoga Instructor, Joan Jahng and if you live in the Orange County area, Tasha Anderson or Brooke Thompson can answer your questions.


Soaked & Scrubbed

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All of us girls here LOVE the healing and therapeutic properties of essential oils. But since we’re all about keepin’ it real …
we’re really just obsessed with stuff that smells good. REALLY GOOD.

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For our last Holy Yoga Selah retreat, we made some yummy sugar scrubs and bath salts for our guests to take home and enjoy.  They are so easy to make, yet so indulgent to use. Have fun experimenting with different sugars, base oils, & essential oils.  And quality does count since the skin is the body’s largest organ. Use organic sugars & base oils, and high quality essential oils.

We LOVE doTerra oils which are organic & therapeutic grade.

Basic Sugar Scrub Recipe
two parts sugar
turbinado sugar is nice-but white sugar is just fine.
one part oil
almond, olive, & grapeseed are good choices
essential oils

for our Purify Sugar Scrub Recipe
doTerra essential oils of Lemon & Peppermint

* next week we will share our salt bath soak recipe.

Written by Guest Blogger: Tasha Anderson www.breathinginhim.com


Holy Yoga – Orange County, CA

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Strength. Beauty. Wisdom.

These are words I think of when I think of Tasha. I was blessed to have a chance to take pictures of Tasha in a Catalyst session and was invited to participate in a Holy Yoga Session at Saddleback Church, Lake Forrest.

CATALYST SESSION- As I was photographing Tasha, it was like watching someone do a dance. The yoga poses come so naturally to her, with such strength, control and calmness. I had to stop and ask Tasha, “How long have you been doing this?” It’s so wonderful that God has given her such an amazing ability to lead yoga students into their practice of yoga and into a place of worshipping God, all at the same time.  Here are some photos from the session that will make you want to learn from her!

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YOGA SESSIONS WITH TASHA-

I’ve done yoga before and to me, it was always strange to do yoga with music where I don’t understand the lyrics. But in Holy Yoga, I can enjoy Christian music that focuses on Jesus. Tasha leads us through each yoga pose and surrounding the time of practice and meditation on the Word of God. Each breathe, each move and every moment during the practice was worship. The practice ends with a light shoulder massage from the instructor, ending with a great sense of relaxation. It was such a treat to be in Tasha’s class and experience God through fitness, prayer and  meditation. If you live in the OC and have never done Holy Yoga before, you must stop by one of Tasha’s classes. Below is her schedule of classes. I felt blessed being there!

SOUTH IRVINE &LAKE FOREST
Instructor: Tasha Anderson-tashaa@holyyoga.net
Monday- Holy Yoga Flow Level 1/2
              9:00am-10:00am
              Saddleback Church-Lake Forest
              The Refinery Gym-Class is Free

Tuesday-Holy Yoga Flow Level 1-2
9:30am-10:45am

               Location-The Garage-Irvine           

Wednesday-Holy Yoga Flow Level 1-2
             6:30pm-7:45pm
              Location-The Garage-Irvine
                   
*The Garage Irvine is located in South Irvine, near University High School and UCI.

for directions or to reserve your spot (949) 228-4851 or tashaa@holyyoga.net

1 class per week-*$50 for 6 week session.
2 classes per week-*$75.00 for 6 week session
Drop in Fee-$10 per class ***fees are suggested donations

For  more information about Holy Yoga in the OC, please visit her website www.holyyogaoc.com.

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