Finding Refuge

HERE I AM. Take a breath and say it to yourself: Here I am. What's happening in your life right now? Take another breath and let's say it together: Here we are. HERE WE ARE. The Yoga Church has a clear mission... Through the ancient wisdom of yoga we're trying to connect with Divine Mystery (however we understand it) and learn to love ourselves, our communities, and our world better. Learning to love better is hard and ongoing work. And in this hard work we need our spiritual resources. Let’s return to the most basic teaching of yoga... ... (Continue Reading)

By |2021-11-20T09:47:10-08:00November 13th, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|3 Comments

Early Winter Part 3: Finding Refuge

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Winter 2020 | Opening to Mystery Our sermon this week explores some common themes of the yoga church: How do we root our identity in something deeper than the always shifting nature of life? How do we find refuge and comfort in a world that can't offer absolute security? If you struggle at all with perfectionism or anxiety, please watch this sermon. It ends with a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke and I got this message from one of the women on our film crew: "I have to tell you, I WEPT ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-11-13T15:25:27-08:00January 12th, 2020|Winter, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Late Autumn Part 4: Turn, Turn, Turn

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Late Autumn 2019 | Exploring Darkness My dear friend has a little sticky note on her bathroom mirror. It reads: "What you pay attention to grows." I can't remember if there's an author's name or not... But I always remember the quote. It's such a simple sentiment. And a deeply powerful truth. What you pay attention to grows. Life is a series of small moments. And if we allow our attention to get lost on the wrong things we run the risk of creating an identity that isn't connected to the truth ... (Continue Reading)

By |2019-12-13T11:58:34-08:00December 1st, 2019|Samhain, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|2 Comments

Early Autumn Part 3: Turning Toward the Light

Last week (click here if you missed part 2) we talked about identity and explored what it means to live in connection with the Eternal in the midst of everyday life. I ended the sermon with a short practice: Slow down. Turn inward. Be still. And listen. In this week's sermon we dive more deeply into what this practice actually looks like. And we explore how we can work to stay rooted in the Light Within rather than remaining constantly caught up in our attachments... This sermon points to the reason we often feel stuck and anxious, so please, do your ... (Continue Reading)

By |2021-09-23T17:59:39-07:00October 13th, 2019|Autumn, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Early Autumn Part 2: Something Beyond Death

Something Beyond Death REFLECTION QUESTIONS AFTERLIFE | What did your family of origin teach you about what happens to us after we die? Do you have any current beliefs about what happens to us after we die? IMMORTALITY | Ravi Ravindra talks about the difference between everlasting and eternal. What do you think of the distinction he's making? IDENTITY | At some point, everyone asks "who am I?" One take on this question is "where do I find my identity?" What do I root my identify in? SPIRITUAL ... (Continue Reading)

By |2021-10-02T08:58:19-07:00October 6th, 2019|Autumn, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|3 Comments

Spiritual Practices for the Fall Equinox

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Spiritual Practices for the Fall Equinox A few years ago I asked my students to share something about how this time of year makes them feel. Several people expressed how much they love the fall. They were excited about sweaters and warm soup. But one woman raised her hand and exclaimed: "All I can think about is compost." Yes! As British author and teacher Jilly Shipway writes: At the autumn equinox there is a shift of emphasis from sun to moon, light to dark, action to contemplation, growth to dormancy, fruitfulness to ... (Continue Reading)

By |2021-09-17T18:14:36-07:00September 22nd, 2019|Autumn, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|6 Comments

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