Yoga With Adriene

I’ve never met her, but I think I love this wonderful human. She’s an incredible yoga teacher, and makes her high-quality lessons available for free on the internet. Plus she has a quirky personality, which makes trying to follow her moves fun, even when I can’t always do what she does.

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I found her classes a couple years ago, when I was searching YouTube for good exercise videos. As lovely as it is to go to an in-person class, it’s not always feasible for me. And I don’t feel like I’m ‘settling’ for what Adriene offers. I can honestly say I enjoy my yoga practice more with her than with anyone else I’ve found online, including paid sites.

In a perfect world, I would always have my incredible sister, Sara, here with me as my personal yoga instructor. I like how she really helps and coaches me individually through the poses. She’s so comforting and I feel extra reassured knowing I’m practicing under her watchful eye and nurturing hands. But in the real world, she lives hundreds of kilometres away form me, so this is a rare treat.

I wish I could say I always make the time, every day, for this soul-feeding exercise. But in real life, I don’t. Sometimes I enjoy soaking in the idea of yoga as much as the actual process of moving onto the mat. One of my sweet sisters gave me a beautiful yoga magazine/book for my birthday. Yesterday, I’m happy to say I took time to lie on the couch and page through it, feeling inspired by the beautiful images of calm, mindfulness, and healthy beauty.

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Yoga in a time of COVID19 is especially valuable, because it hits a lot of life’s current pressure points:

  • physical-distancing-friendly indoor exercise
  • free- no cost
  • mindfulness-enhancing
  • no equipment needed (though a mat is helpful)
  • calm, cheerful instructor
  • can be enjoyed alone, or with others

I know I’m not the only one who’s more or less home all the time these days. If any of you are interested, here’s where you can find this upbeat and comforting resource…

Yoga With Adriene (her website)

Yoga With Adriene (her videos on YouTube)

Thankfully, this pandemic didn’t hit us 25 years ago, before the internet.

So blessed,

Leah 

The Living Christ

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‘He Lives’ by Simon Dewey

I love Jesus. I can’t comprehend how his sacrifice can heal and save me, but I know it’s true. I believe it in my mind and heart because of the warm, peaceful feelings that assure me my faith isn’t a fallacy.

On a Sunday afternoon in early February, our adorable 18-year old niece, Hope, was driving to join her family at a birthday dinner for her littlest sister. Due to changing winter road conditions, her truck suddenly crashed with an oncoming semi-truck, instantly ending her sweet life here on earth.

The anguish losing her has brought to our heartbroken family and her many other loved ones is stunning in its intensity. She lived her life as an angel on earth, so we have no doubt that the next place we’ll see her will be in heaven. What comforts my heart in this aching grief is knowing she is ok and loved where she is… and that because Christ rose again after he gave His life for us, we all will, too. That means after this life, I know we’ll all be able to put our arms around Hope and feel her sweet hugs again.

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Hope at F.A.C.E.S.

It’s a long wait, but because He lives, Hope isn’t really lost to us. I love her and miss her.

So blessed,

Leah