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We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. 2 Cor. 5:20
A YogaFaith Ambassador is one who wants to move from being a spectator to being a participator. One who captures the vision and wants to take God’s light into a dark world. We value and honor our Ambassadors being the hands and feet of God, reaching all four corners of this Earth. GOing and making disciples in His name ~ Thank you. We love you!
2016 YogaFaith Ambassador of the Year | Jennifer Swets of Chicago YogaFaith
Rie Frilund Skårhøj, YogaFaith Ambassador | Copenhagen, Denmark
Grundlægger og Yogafaith ambassadør i Danmark.
Rie er uddannet sociolog, forfatter, foredragsholder og konsulent i sin egen virksomhed ‘Ledfrivillige.dk‘ (www.ledfrivillige.dk) Hun har dertil læst en 2 årig teolog- og menighedsbaseret uddannelse i Malmø. Rie kommer sammen med hendes mand og tre børn i Byens Valgmenighed.
Ved siden jobbet som foredragsholder mm., arbejder hun som instruktør i Fitnessworld og underviser bl.a. i yoga. (200 RYS Yoga Alliance & Yogafaith instruktør). I sommeren 2014 fik Rie visionen om at starte ‘yoga kombineret med kristen praksis’ og i den anledning fandt hun Yogafaith.
Rie has a degree in sociology and gives lectures and is a consultant in her own company ‘Ledfrivillige.dk‘ (meaning Managing volunteers) She also studied ‘teolog- and community’ for two years and is an author of tree books – two about volunteer management. Beside ‘Ledfrivllige.dk’ she also works as an instructor at Fitness World and teaches yoga as well as other classes. In the summer of 2014 Rie got vision to start ‘yoga combined with Christian practice’ and on that occasion she found Yogafaith. Rie and her family of 3 kids and husband attend a local church.
I started practicing yoga when I got pregnant with my first baby and I fell in love with it. As a busy mom of 3 boys born within 4 years of each other, I never had time or the money to do yoga in a studio. Instead I would anxiously await nap time and use it as a tool to focus my mind on my quiet time with the Lord. After 6 years of doing yoga in my living room I felt the Lord calling me to share my passion and way of worship with other people. That is when I found Yoga Faith. Yoga Faith has equipped me to feel confident in teaching Christ centered yoga and worship with others. I now teach weekly Vinyasa Flow classes and am always looking for new and creative ways to spread the vision of Christ centered mind, body, spirit health through Yoga Faith.
As a yoga instructor, health & nutrition coach and dōTERRA Wellness Advocate, my hope is to journey with clients to a place of balance: body, mind, and spirit. For me the mat is a place to release toxic and negative thoughts; creating more space and a closer relationship with God. Through yoga I could again see myself as the child that God created before life told me who I should be or how I should act.
Teaching in nonsectarian settings, I would begin and end each class in silent prayer for those whom share their time with me. Being unable to share the joy and glory in my heart for God aloud often left me feeling that I was suffocating on words that needed to be spoken. I felt a gentle “nudge” from God to step out of restriction and step into YogaFaith. I pray to be a vessel- to speak Gods word and share His grace. At the end of practice, may we all see ourselves through the eyes of our Father.
Over the years, I tried many healing modalities on my journey to wellness from chronic pain, excluding yoga, due to its spiritual associations. Eventually, I tried a class in a local gym, thinking it would be presented from a “safe, physical only” perspective. Once my body entered into the slow, sustained stretches, in the peaceful, quiet environment, I felt like I was “home”! It felt amazing!
Eventually, God watered and grew a “dream seed” in my heart to teach yoga and perhaps create a style that would be Creator-focused, whole- being worship. In 2014, as I was praying about where to get my certification, I came across a Yoga Journal ad for exactly what I was looking for and dreaming of – something called YogaFaith! Two weeks later, I found myself in a “God bath” at the Miracle Ranch Immersion teacher training.
I see yoga, especially YogaFaith, as a beautiful modality for healing – spirit, soul, and body. It is my desire to be a facilitator of God’s healing through YogaFaith, wherever and to whomever He may lead. Learning and teaching about God’s design for vibrant healthy living from the inside out is my passion, as is teaching restorative yoga (“Yoga Spa”) and living in the Shalom of God. I find great joy and awe in anything God-made, including my family and perennial garden.
Cheryl originally went through Yoga Faith teacher training to deepen her personal yoga practice, but through the training process realized how much she wanted to share the blessing and healing she received with others. She teaches several YoagFaith classes a week in her small town of Searcy, AR, where she lives with her family. Her prayer as a yoga instructor is that all who attend her classes will have an encounter with Jesus and leave with a deeper knowledge of God’s love for them.
In what seems life many lifetimes strung together, Erika accomplished becoming a teacher, graduate student, writer, broadcast negotiator, public relations specialist, nonprofit program coordinator, managing editor at large, tutor, blogger, intern, and an active volunteer. The same characteristics that drove her toward these achievements -– ambition, perseverance, and belief in herself –proved indispensable when, in early 2011, shortly after earning her Master’s degree in Secondary Education, Erika was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Instead of giving up, she embarked on a new path: helping others through serving Christ.
She created and dedicated the Facebook page “Invisible Me Exposed” to the awareness of invisible diseases. Erika has multiple autoimmune disorders and sought to find solace in sharing her story as well as providing resources for the vast community who suffer daily in silence.
Prior to her disability, Erika enjoyed her yoga practice for many years. Naturally drawn to the Lord, she longed for a Christian based approach to her practice. She has found her dream realized as a YogaFaith instructor and ambassador. She has now found the perfect way to serve her Lord while utilizing yoga to help heal the minds and bodies of others, as it has for her.
Yoga is not a career path; it is her ministry. She is using her professional skills and training to become what the Father has called her to be and serving those in the Kingdom. As part of the YogaFaith family, she has expanded her vision as a teacher. Through the power of the Holy Spirit and the vehicle of yoga, she hopes to raise up Kingdom builders of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of development.
YogaFaith is delighted that the Lord led Erika to this ministry, you will be blessed beyond belief by her!
Jennifer resides just outside of Chicago,IL with her husband and four children. Yoga has been in and our of her life for nearly 20 years. In 2012, the Lord brought yoga back into Jennifer’s life and that is when she began to see the physical and spiritual benefits. When she found YogaFaith, Jennifer knew this ministry yoked God and yoga in a way that made her heart sing. In 2015, she completed her teacher training with YogaFaith (R-YFT) and is 200RYT Yoga Alliance certified instructor. She uses yoga as a ministry to bring healing of the mind, body and spirit with a focus on using yoga for healing of trauma. She sees yoga as prayer in motion.
Outside of yoga, her passion includes homeschooling her four children, driving her husband crazy, and finding ways to use essential oils to fix everything.
Jennifer is also a YogaFaith Ambassador, capturing the vision and taking Jesus out into the world so others can be made whole mind, body, spirit and soul.
Jody Thomae is an author, worship leader, and teacher of embodied prayer and creative worship. She has been involved in worship arts ministries since 1997 and is the author of “God’s Creative Gift” and the forthcoming book, “The Creator’s Healing Power.”
Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made real through the prophetic and creative portrayal of the message of Christ’s unfailing love, in order to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. She is particularly interested in how God uses creativity and embodied movement (including yoga) in the formative and healing process. She is a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary.
She has taught yoga for over 15 years and leads a gently challenging Vinyasa flow (or slow, energizing flow) yoga class that is ROOTED (grounded in form, alignment, intention) and REACHING (stretching towards personal goals, dreams, destiny). She is a Registered YogaFaith Trainer (R-YFT), a 200-RYT with Yoga Alliance, a YogaFaith Ambassador, (YF-A), and a certified Silver Sneakers Yoga Instructor.
As a home schooling mom of three and a proud Army wife, my desire to provide a place of rest and restoration for those serving in the military and their families, has compelled me to spread the love of God and the practice of yoga throughout the Armed Forces communities. Struggling with physical limitations, depression, and trauma, my own practice became deeply restorative- physically, emotionally, and spiritually. My mat became a unique place where I could bring my weaknesses to Christ without shame or judgement from others.
After receiving my RYT and RYHT from YogaFaith, I began to offer yoga classes to those around me in an effort to spread the benefits of yoga, meditation, and savasana to the broken, the weary, and the curious. My desire is for everyone to experience true freedom from those things that weigh us down. You don’t have to have had such drastic setbacks as I did to enjoy the benefits of yoga. Yoga is for everyone. In a hectic and busy world, my invitation is for all to come find a sacred space of their own.
My yoga experience began as a way to have a study break and get some exercise, but as I continued to attend classes, I realized that the time on my mat was very meaningful; it became a great time to connect with God. I began to notice that so many principles of yoga reflect God and his desire for us to be whole in body, soul and spirit. Thus began my search for Christian Yoga, and I am so elated to be a part of the YogaFaith family!
I believe this journey of connecting my Christian faith with yoga, is a piece of the puzzle of life, for which I have been searching for some time.
I have spent a number of years in YWAM (Youth With a Mission) serving in various capacities in missions. Currently, I work full time as an Addiction Counselor at a long term residential treatment center for alcohol and drugs.
I also teach yoga classes at a local yoga studio. These two positions remind me daily that: life is sometimes so beautiful, and life is sometimes so brutal! Living with the tension of these realities, I desire to live being grateful for all that God has given me.
I am so thankful to be able to share this gift of YogaFaith; it is a precious treasure to share Jesus through the practice of yoga!
I have been doing yoga on and off for many years and have benefited greatly from it. I have always prayed to God and thought about scripture verses during classes when thing were said that contradicted my faith in Jesus Christ.
I had been praying about a way to serve God and help others when one day while reading a yoga magazine I saw that there was a Christian yoga instructor training by Yogafaith.
I believe this training to be the answer to my prayers. I am so glad I did it. I am currently teaching 2 group classes a week and one private class. I never saw myself as a leader or teacher but nothing is impossible with God.
He equips us for what He calls us to do.
Julia Marrocco, R-YFT 500, YogaFaith Master Trainer, YF 12 Step Instructor, and director of YogaFaith of Portland. She teaches Yoga for Trauma, Yoga for Addiction and Recovery, Yoga for Special Populations (those with chronic illness, physical or mental disabilities, seniors, novices, and non-yogis.
Julia comes from the business world. She has been an Senior Executive Coach and workplace behavior analyst. In partnership with TTI Success Insights, she measures Executive Performance, Driving Forces, EQ, Stress Markers, Skills and Acumen. She holds the TriMetrix HD certification. Julia has over 35 years of business experience and has been coaching executives for over 20 years. In the corporate world, , because she understands that stress reduction and physical well-being increase engagement and productivity, she helps companies build healthier workplaces.
Check out Julia’s blog at YogaFaithofPortland.com
I am an RYT 200, RFT certified yoga instructor. I live in Washington, and am passionate about health and well being! I love everything outdoors and my family! If I could spend all my time snowboarding or rock climbing, running or doing yoga I would be a happy camper!! I live with my hubby and two adorable daughters and one son.
Yoga has become my passion and I love that I get to share life with so many people through my teaching! God is opening so many doors and I love watching people be healed from the inside out!
I love this ministry and am so happy to be a part of it!!!!
Victoria is a yoga instructor, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Faith instructor, and a psychotherapist. Fascinated by yoga as a child, Victoria fulfilled her dream late in college and has practiced yoga since 2012. Yoga has served as the greatest tool in her own physical, spiritual, and emotional healing journey. Her passion is to, as her own counselor has said, give away what she have been given. Always the adventurer and seeker, she discovered her greatest passion when she found Yoga Faith and the tremendous gift of praising, thanking, and surrendering to Jesus through movement.
Victoria’s love for teaching yoga stems from the joy of creating a safe, sacred, and relaxing space where people of all ages and backgrounds can come to move, breathe, connect, and belong. Along with yoga, she finds great delight in dancing, daffodils, the magic of fall, and gatherings of loved ones around coffee or a campfire.
Victoria currently teaches in Clarkesville, GA and lives in the mountain foothills of Toccoa, GA with her husband.