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How Gospel Music Creates Peace in Yoga?

Updated on April 15, 2016
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She's a kids' author who's grateful for many things. Only, Jesus is her ultimate love! She hopes the Lord is yours too!

Discover how to create a serene environment for your Gospel Yoga practice with soft, upbeat music. When stretching and listening to nature sounds too, a relaxation technique will uplift your mind, and creates stillness within.

Stretching with a soothing CD may sound like a fresh idiom; though it is a stretching practice that is truly becoming more popular. As people are looking for modern ways to apply old Yoga disciplines, especially overweight people with new forms of exercise. This great mode of stretching can help you to relieve heaps of stress and create a sense of calm.

Stretching helps you to renew your methods of relaxation by opening doors to a novel state of mind. You’ll gain a deeper perception by recognizing the freedom of the awesomeness about you. This form is a union between your physical and mental forces! So they work in harmony by seeing your awesomeness, a center apart from you, and a force that you are able to tap into, through stillness.

This type of stretch stems from the practice of performing a stretching position while meditating on the awesomeness around you. It is pleasant with soft Christian music playing at times in your free space.

Typical Yoga principles and Yoga theories are not in any way applicable for a Gospel Yoga practice, only the actual stretching exercises coupled with the breathing techniques.

In Gospel Yoga, you make certain stretches contribute to your personal wellness. You pick and choose to do the exercise routine that suits you the best. The ones that are easiest to do are the ones to choose first. This makes it easier to focus on your breathing and Christian thoughts with a relaxation technique that leads to prayer.

If you decide to practice your Gospel Yoga, in a special room, in your house, it's better if the space is quiet and peaceful. Dole the room with awe-inspiring pictures of nature to remind you of innate things. The soothing sounds of flowing water can help you to connect with yourself, and help you to appreciate the omnipotent power among you.

Stillness Is a Prize!

You can create a serene environment in your Gospel Yoga practice area with a miniature replica of a little waterfall fountain with an Envirascape Illuminated Rock Garden Relaxation Fountain shown, on the right. It has special lighting effects that can turn any room into a private sanctuary to help you deeply relax into your Christian meditative poses.

At times, you can listen to CD's of nature sounds to create an illusion of being out in a rain forest or on a beach with seagulls or the electrifying sounds of a rainstorm. If you can actually practice exercises in the great outdoors that’s fabulous. You won't need music; you'll have the birds and the sway of the wind singing to you instead.

However, if this is not feasible, enjoy The pleasant sounds of Gospel Music listed, on the right. You can authentically capture the unique sounds of a wilderness river, bayou, sounds, of the jungle and storms with a Natural Sounds CD too.

Open a Window and Salt It!

Have a window open for fresh air or an air ionizer to ionize the air in your Yoga room . The Himalayan Salt Crystal salt lamps do a superb job in creating a peaceful hue, while naturally ionizing and freshening your indoor air. It will feel like the refreshing air after a rainstorm. Your mind unwinds naturally and your breath becomes focused as you take in the negative ions that greatly benefit your body.

Salt lamps are highly recommended during a stretching practice to create a natural air freshness. It's sacred when practicing Gospel Yoga in a closed space.

No Statues Are Allowed in Gospel Yoga!

It’s not advised you worship any statue in your personal stretching space! They’re awfully distracting, and don’t adhere to the retreat setting you're trying to create in your peaceful exercise area. What's more, you already know Christianity doesn't pay homage to any kind of special statue?

Alternatively, you can choose to practice your Gospel Yoga in a more natural setting like your backyard. The best place to practice this type of Yoga is outdoors! The fresh outdoor air enhances the feeling of being intuitively connected with the world God created. It puts you in tune with it!

In Gospel Yoga, you will notice that by keeping your body still, you calm your spirit. Through securing your body in a pose, you help your mind to concentrate! In giving your body proper rest, you help your mind to relax. By breathing correctly, you absorb more of the essential energy in the air.

When practicing Gospel Yoga in sunlight you fortify your internal force! As a result of paying attention to the sounds of your body, and by heeding the awesomeness around you, you will surely notice how peaceful you become. A huge calm will come over you! This is the moment to breathe in and breathe out slowly, with a clear mind, then breathe a plethora of heartfelt breaths.

Pick a serene place for your Gospel Yoga practice and relax.
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    William J. Prest 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

    Real yoga is non-denominational and is focused on the spiritual. There are 8 branches of yog, such as hatha (postures and stretch), bakti (devotional and service) and others that are designed to balance all areas of life. You do not have to pray and meditate on Hindu gods to do it effectively. You can, as I agree, pray to and meditate on God and Jesus as you practice yoga. Then there is Jnana yoga which is the study and application of wisdom. Theses are just some paths of toga and there is no reason whatsoever why it can't be Christian. Practice the 8 branches and draw closer to God! By all means and delve into the wonderful mysteries of God!

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    Sheila Craan 6 years ago from Florida

    This is wonderful for a new yogi to know! Yoga is an evolving sport. It's great to be able to make it a personal practice. Thank you syzgyasttro!

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    William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

    "Be still and know that I am God....A Hindu friend of mine was talking to me about this very subject just the other day for he was convinced that Yogi could incorporated into a Christine lifestyle. Since I use to practice Buddhism I was a little reluctant to follow his views and yet, after reading your hub I now see how it would line up very well with Scripture! Great job!

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    Sheila Craan 6 years ago from Florida

    Thank you Highvoltagewriter! Yoga is open and still evolving! It's easy to incorporate a Christian perspective into your Yoga practice.

    It's all about what you think about and who you pay homage to; Christian Yoga is about thinking about a God who when through outrageous lengths to prove to you how much He truly loves you. His love surrounds you everywhere you go and everywhere you look. The world is His and you belong to him because He created you and formed you in your mother's belly before you were born.

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    PlanksandNails 6 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

    ("Christian Yoga is Yoga built on Christianity!")

    I have to disagree,

    "Christian Yoga" is rooted in occultism. The followers of Jesus Christ are rooted in that which opposes idolatry.

    Changing the terms to "Christian" does not change Yoga, either. Just as there is no Christian Ouija board and no Christian astrology, so there is no Christian Yoga that is either truly Yoga or truly Christian.

    For You have abandoned Your people, the house of Jacob, Because THEY ARE FILLED WITH INFLUENCES FROM THE EAST, And they are soothsayers like the Philistines, And they strike bargains with the children of foreigners.

    Isaiah 2:6

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    Sheila Craan 6 years ago from Florida

    In Christian Yoga you are paying homage to God Our Almighty Creator and not in any way practicing idolatry. Christians are called to center all their thoughts on God always. While stretching your thoughts are focused on God and the faith of Jesus Christ. This brings your body and mind into a unified unity with God.

    How can simple exercises be striking a bargain with anyone, PlanksandNails?

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    PlanksandNails 6 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

    I'm not sure what aspects you are removing from yoga to make it "Christian", but if you take the poses, breathing techniques, and asanas away, then it is not yoga at all.

    Changing the terms does not change what yoga is, and putting "Christian" in front of it is an oxymoron. If you are doing just "simple exercises" then it is not yoga at all and should not be deceptively implied that it is.

    The definitions of both terms are incompatible.

    How can one practice an aspect or portion of Hinduism and continue to walk with Jesus Christ?

    To take yoga positions, stretching, and breathing exercises are worshipful acknowledgements to Hindu god's. To take these away is not yoga at all. It either is or it isn't yoga.

    "Christian Yoga" is religious syncretism.

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    Sheila Craan 6 years ago from Florida

    I don't understand what is meant by syncretism, though Christian Yoga has been evolving for more than 50 years. This form of Christian Yoga is depicted in "Yoga In Ten Lessons" written by J.M. Dechanet, O.S.B.

    Why should Christians not be allowed to practice the best parts of Yoga which are the stretching exercises with simple breathing? I have been practicing Christian Yoga for more than 8 years. It has made me more agile and helped to built up my resistance.

    I do understand your important point about the practice of Hinduism in Yoga. Christian Yoga totally removes all forms of Hinduism in its practice. Maybe a new name should have been adopted. However as the stretches and breathing are borrowed from the old forms of Yoga, hence Christian Yoga incorporated the Yoga word in its Christian Yoga practice to depict the many forms of its stretching exercises.

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