Be Still Challenge Week 2
You made it to week 2, we’re so proud of you.
We hope that these meditations and postures serve you to create powerful habits to start your New Year mindful, calm and happy.
WEEK 2 – DAY / MEDITATION / POSTURE
Day 8 / Trust & Provision / Reverse Warrior (Viparita Virabhadrasana)
Trust & Provision
Posture: Reverse Warrior (Viparita Virabhadrasana)
“I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build.” Joshua 24:13
The old covenant required the Hebrews to perform in order to satisfy the law. However, the law was impossible to fulfill by man’s effort in its purest form. This impervious task was God’s attempt at showing the Hebrews their need for a Savior. A Savior who would fulfill the law and give them an abundant life they did not earn or deserve.
The new and better covenant through our precious Jesus makes us rely on His work. He is our strength, He is our peace, He is our counselor, He is our provider, and the list is endless. Our “job” is to be at His feet, in relationship with Him, and listen to His still small voice we call the unction of the Holy Spirit. He will direct your steps and provide for you along the way (Phil 4:19).
So, are you lacking anything? Abba provides exceedingly, abundantly above all you could ask or think. (Eph 3:20) Stop trying to do everything on your own. “For it is not by force, nor by strength, but by His Spirit. (Zec 4:6) It is then you will see the manifestation of Him in your life that you may boast of Him and not yourself.
Father, thank you for the precious gift of Jesus, and for Your willingness and ability to provide for your children. Help me to hear Your voice clearly and trust Your direction for my life. You are my provider, and I am not. Guide my path that I may see clearly and allow for all endeavors to be credited to Your hand and not my own. In the name of Jesus.
Day 9 / Trust & Provision / Child's Pose
Trust & Provision
Posture: Acts 10:15, “You must not call what God has cleansed common.” (You are clean! You are royal! You are pure and beautiful before God and man!)
Begin to focus on your breath- in through the nose, out through the nose, getting deeper and deeper with each inhale and exhale. Draw the breath into any places of tension in the body. As you breathe, sink deeper into the posture.
Make this a place of rest and surrender. You belong to the Lord Most High! You are His child, and He looks on you with great favor. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past or even 5 minutes ago. It doesn’t matter if you made a bad decision when you knew better. It doesn’t matter if you’ve made all the right choices or all the wrong ones. All that matters is you are HIS. Be all here now, in this moment with Him. Forgetting what’s behind and pressing on to the beauty and joy that’s ahead. His cross has made you clean and new- so let go of perfection. Let go of fear and just be held in the great palm of His hand. Be present in this moment with our very present God. Your only job is to be loved by Him. He calls you clean, and He calls you His child- and He only speaks truth! If He says you are worthy YOU ARE WORTHY. If He calls you His child, His royal bloodline, then that’s what you are! We must choose in this moment to believe Him, to come into agreement with what He says and nothing else. So, although we might beat ourselves up over all our mistakes, that isn’t how He sees us at all. Take the time to line your thoughts about yourself with His thoughts about you today. Ask Him how He sees you and choose to believe Him. Every time your mind tries to tell you something else, say, “No! The Lord sees me as perfect, clean, pure. I am made Holy; I am made clean by His love.”
In Acts 10:15, Peter dreams about the “unclean food.” These were foods that were forbidden by God for the Jews. But in this dream, God is telling Peter to eat this food and Peter is refusing, and the Lord tells Him, “You must not call what God has made clean, unclean.” In another version they word it beautifully, “You must not call what God has cleansed common.” This was a metaphor for the Gentiles being accepted as clean before God. Where before the Jews were the chosen ones, now all are welcome, all are in! We are no longer commoners, but uncommon. We aren’t seen as low, but as royal, perfect, full of glory and power. Jesus has made us clean- and not only that, He has made us Uncommon. So, let’s think like He thinks- about ourselves, our situations, about others. I love the words of this song by Melissa Helser and think it sums it up gloriously,
“You unravel me, with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance, from my enemies
Till all my fears are gone.”
Day 10 / The Lord's Prayer in Motion / Son Salutation A
The Lord’s Prayer in Motion
Our Father who art in Heaven, [Inhale arms rise] hallowed be thy name, [Exhale Forward Fold] Your kingdom come, Your will be done, [inhale up to Half Forward Fold] on earth as it is in Heaven. [Walk or float back as your exhale brings you to the bottom of a push up] Give us this day our daily bread, [inhale to Cobra or Upward Facing Dog] and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us, [exhale back to Downward Facing Dog] lead us not into temptation and deliver us from all evil. [inhale to Half Forward Fold] [exhale Forward Fold] For Yours is the kingdom, [inhale Upward Salute] and the power and the glory forever. [return to Mountain] Amen (Matt.6:9-13)
Day 11 / Flowing in His Grace / Son Salutation B
Flowing in His Grace
Posture: Son Salutation B
As we grow in Christ, His ways and heart begins to influence everything in our lives. As we begin to know the heart of God, we take on those things that hurt the heart the heart of God. Things that make God smile become those things that bring us joy. I often pray, “Lord, give me a burden for lost souls.” Well, this prayer did not come from my fleshly heart. It came from spending time with my Father and His heart eventually became my heart’s cry. When we get saved, we become one with Him. His spirit resides on the inside of us, and we are intimately one. We can pray silently, and He hears our prayers even if we do not speak it. He actually knows that thought before it was even perceived! We don’t have to scream and shout hoping that our prayers make it to Heaven. No, He is on the inside of us hearing our prayers and thoughts before they are even perceived!
When we are intimate with God and the Holy Spirit, we get into a sweet spot. We flow in His grace. Our prayers are set in motion. We dialogue constantly together, even laugh together. Hidden mysteries and treasures that were not previously made known to us are revealed to us. There truly are no secrets in the secret place, we just have to ‘get there’! Throughout scripture it always says that we have to “go” first. We seek first. We knock first. We draw near first. Then we find Him, then He opens the door, then He draws near to us. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8
In this incredible sweet spot, grace washes over us. His grace is always greater and always sufficient. Receive this great grace. From His abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another! John 1:16 Take note, we have already received these gracious blessings, one after another after another. Can you picture it? You flowing in God’s great grace, moving in and out of His love and embrace? Can you see yourself completely enveloped in His presence? Now picture this presence gone. It can be a very scary thought. We can do nothing without Him and as soon as we are no longer enveloped in His presence, darkness creeps in.
I encourage you to stay in the dance of grace with your Heavenly Father, He will guide you; all you must do is follow and trust. That is all you [ever] have to “do”. We serve a mighty God don’t we? It is so simple to receive this abundant life. Believe, trust, follow. That is it! Why do we want to complicate what He has already given us? We have already received all of His blessings over and over. We certainly do not deserve it. Are you overjoyed that we do not receive what we deserve? Then how come we are so stingy as Christians with extending grace, mercy, and forgiveness to others? We should freely extend what we have so freely been given. We can get a little holier-than-thou when it comes to extending something that we think someone does not deserve. Well, all we must ask ourselves is, “Did I deserve the forgiveness, love, and blessings that the Lord has so freely given to me?” Great grace! Stay in the flow of [His] grace. I want you to remember the flow of grace as you practice praying in motion. YogaFaith is quite literally your prayers in motion. Dancing in grace. Flowing in grace and worshiping the One who has blessed you exceedingly and abundantly more than you could ever imagine!
In yoga, the word Vinyasa is defined as continuous movement. You are flowing with your breath. In YogaFaith, knowing the One that gives us breath and setting our intentions on the Lord allows our flow, or continuous movement in prayer to become transformational.
There are numerous postures and poses in yoga, linking them together and moving in and out of postures is called a Vinyasa Flow. You can follow a preset flow or create your own based on your personal needs. You can practice a slow, gentle flow, or an energizing and powerful flow. If you are sore or lethargic, you may focus on more of a stretching or restorative flow. If you need energy or balance, you can practice inversions, backbends, and balancing postures in your flow. You can create your own amazing and fun routines, perhaps to different worship songs, I call this YogaFaith Dance! Be safe and put sequences together that make sense so that you are not compromising alignment or joints. This is a time you can be creative and be with the Lord in many different ways of worship and praise.
Son Salutations can be your entire practice, or it can be woven into practice. If you are new to yoga, be patient with yourself while learning the basic poses. Establish breath control, good alignment, and then move into the Son Salutations. You may also modify or alter the sequences, there are no rules here just freedom. I encourage you to step out of the box, not just during a Son Salutation, but in life. Explore and become a blessing to others with your own unique and God-given talents!
Day 12 / Chanting / Double Pigeon | Fire Log Pose (Agnistambhasana)
Posture: Double Pigeon / Fire log Pose (Agnistambhasana)
The reason many Christians have a fear of yoga techniques, specifically, is that they have false myths and opinions about something that they may have not studied or sought out for themselves. I first want to remind you that the enemy tries to use all things good for the kingdom of darkness. The forces of darkness have taken a biblical principle of mumbling and singing praises to the Lord and twisted it into something mystical or foreign. We as Christ followers need to take back everything that God has blessed us with to enjoy here on earth and use it in making God famous. We have every power and spiritual authority to take back dominion, and once we gain knowledge or the truth about anything, we gain a clear perspective. Staying meditated on Him and His word will result in powerful revelations. Keep your intentions on Him! See Him first, seek the Kingdom of God first and all these things will be added unto you. (Matt.6:33, Luke 12:31)
Chanting is used throughout the Bible to sing praises to God and sing of His holy names. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines chanting as; to make melodic sounds with the voice, to sing words, especially religious prayers by using a small number of musical notes that are repeated many times, to celebrate, or praise in song . As far back as there are scriptures, God’s children chanted, or made melodic sounds with their voices , toward the Heavens to God. Moses and the Isrealites sang their praises, and we see this throughout the Bible.
I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted. Exodus 15:1
Throughout the Psalms, and there are many Psalms, David chants his praises and instructs others how to do the same. The entire book of Psalms tells us to shout praises; “Everything that has breath praise the Lord, praise Him with song, dancing, and instruments, shout unto the Lord with a loud voice….”, the list goes on and on. In praising God and spending time in His presence, the more we begin to look like Him. We become transformed from glory to glory. The more we sing praises to Him the more we want to sing praises to Him, everything increases, and we become changed in doing so.
Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live, I will praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. Psalms 146.1 GW Praise the Lord! Praise, oh servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised! The Lord is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens! Psalm 113.1-4
Vedic yoga literature, or the “Four Books of Knowledge”, contain significant teachings that are found throughout the Bible. Bhatki yoga (devotion, or a spiritual journey) principles parallel what Moses said thousands of years ago: “We should love and serve God.” In scripture we see chanting, dancing, bowing down, sacrifice, and whole heart-ed surrender through our singing, prayer, praises, and worship of the Lord. Moses not only chanted the holy names of God, but he pleaded with others to do the same.
I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! Deut. 32:3
All Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals,
making a noise with psalteries and harps. 1 Chron. 15:28 KJV
In Isaiah, he declares that all people, everyone, should give God a shout and praise from anywhere on earth.
In Isaiah 43 we see Isaiah’s song to the people.
Sing a new song to the Lord. Sing His praise from the ends of the earth, you people who sail on the sea sand all the
creatures that live in them, you coast lands and all who live on them.
Let those who live in the desert and its cities raise their voices. Let those who live in the settlements of Kedar praise
Him. Let those who live in Sela sing for joy. Let them shout from the tops of the mountains. Let them give glory to the
Lordand announce His praise on the coast lands. Isaiah 42:10-12 GW
In Revelation we see that only those that are able to enter into the kingdom of God could learn and understand the “new song” that Heaven was singing. I don’t know about you, but I want to be one of these that are able to hear and learn the chant or sung prayer of the Heavens!
Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. Rev. 14:1-3
Going back to the beginning, Moses was the first person to declare to his people to sing to the Lord, glorify Him and shout forth praise, in Revelation 15:3 it is no wonder that those who will overcome the last days will sing the song of Moses. Spread out before me was what seemed to be an ocean of fire and glass, and on it stood all those who had been victorious over the evil creature and his statue and his mark and number. All were holding harps of God, and they were singing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:
“Great and marvelous Are your doings, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of Ages who shall not fear, oh Lord, and glorify your Name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous deeds have been disclosed.” Rev.15:2-4 TLB
Numerous men of the Bible tell God’s children to praise His holy name. God has many holy names that define His sovereignty, and we can call upon a specific name of the Lord for a precise victory. And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, you shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you! Exod. 3:14 AMP
This verse pretty much sums it all up, doesn’t’ it? God says, I am what I am, I am the Great I AM! It means that He is whatever you need Him to be.
God is everything to you. He is everywhere for you. He sees everything and hears everything. Although it may not seem like it, look like it, or feel like it, God is taking care of us. It may be behind closed doors for a long period of time, but He is perfecting everything that concerns you. (Psalms 138:8) He has a name for all your needs. As you read and study the names of the Lord in tomorrow’s Meditation, you may find yourself humming, chanting, or singing His names and their meanings “up” to Him. Meditate on the names that you need for a specific season of life. Perhaps someone has hurt you and you are carrying this hurt around with you. (Which, by the way, this is not hurting anyone except you, but God can and will release you!) Do a study and scripture study on Jehovah Gmolah and Jehovah Nissi, the God of
recompense and the God that you can count on for your joy and your victory! He is the God who sees all, and He will protect and guide you! This is all in His holy names.
I simply love, love, love The Message version of what Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. “I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what He in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.
Did you catch this? “The weaker I get… the stronger I become”. Wow! Paul is saying that God’s grace and His strength is all you (ever) need. You do not need to worry about anything, including your weaknesses or handicaps. Isaiah predates Paul’s passage in Isaiah 40:31, which The Message also translates so eloquently. Meditate on this beautiful passage as it correlates to your strength as well as strong, standing yoga postures.
Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, (replace your name here) or, whine, Israel, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me?” Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s the Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch His breath. And He knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.
Do not dare let the enemy of this world steal your energy or your strength for one more second! Your Father waits for you to call upon Him, to need Him, and to prove His power in your life! Perhaps you feel weak right now. So weak that you don’t feel like writing these few lines down…”Me, operating in Him, is strong”, but you should, then post where you see every day.
“He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch His breath…He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength…”
Remember this as you come into your strong Warrior I, use modifications such as a chair or place your back foot against a block that rests on the base of the wall. His strength takes over your weakness!
Or go deeper: Practice Humble Warrior
Day 13 / Call on the Name of the Lord / Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD
Elohim, Elyon: The plural form of EL, meaning “strong one.” It refers to the One True God, it is in regard to His
creativity, sovereignty, supremacy, strength, and power. The Most High God.
El Shaddai: means God Almighty, mighty, and to overcome. It is the name known to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.
El Olam is The Everlasting God who is the Creator of all and cannot grow weary or exhaust His strength.
Yahweh comes from a verb which means “to exist or be.” It is the name above all other names. Yahweh is also
defined as, “I Am that I Am.” Yahweh is where we begin to understand that He is everything we need at all times no matter what.
If you need provision, call upon the holy name of:
Jehovah Jireh, “The Lord will provide.” It refers to God’s provision for His people
So, Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount
of the Lord it shall be provided.” Gen. 22:14
If you need victory, call upon the holy name of:
Jehovah Nissi: which means victory or “The Lord is my Banner.”
God is the one who fights for His people and always protects them, even when they deny Him. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ 1 Cor. 15:57
Moses built an altar and named it The Lord is My Banner. Exod. 17:15
If you need healing, call upon the holy name of:
Jehovah-Rapha, “The Lord our healer”
“…I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.[Jehovah-Rapha]”Exodus 15:26 ESV
If you need peace, call upon the holy name of:
Jehovah Shalom: “The Lord is Peace.”
The Lord is our peace and rest and all times. Judges 6:24
The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace. Psalm 29:11
If you need counseling or a commander in charge, call upon the holy name of:
Jehovah Sabbaoth: “The Lord of Hosts.” God is thee almighty.
Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”
And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of Him who called out. Isa. 6:3-4
If you need sanctification, call upon the holy name of:
Jehovah Maccaddesh, (M’Kaddesh): “The Lord sanctifies.” He sets you apart to be sanctified, holy, sacred, and different than others.
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.
May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Tess. 5:23
If you need protection and guidance, call upon the holy name of:
Jehovah Ro’i: The Lord my Shepherd and my guide. It means “The Strong One who sees.”
The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3
If you need righteousness, call upon the holy name of:
Jehovah Tsidkenu: “The Lord our Righteousness.” He has caused you to be righteous. You are the righteousness of God! You have been redeemed!
In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The
Lord is our righteousness. Jer 23:6 ESV
If you need His presence or feel lonely, call upon the holy name of:
Jehovah Shammah: “The Lord is there.” If refers to the Lord’s personal and intimate presence with you. We never have to worry about anything, because God is always there, everywhere, at all times.
And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The Lord is there! Ezek. 48:35
If you need the Lord to be your vengeance, call upon the holy name of:
Jehovah-Gmolah, “The God of Recompense”. You do not have to ever defend yourself, allow God to work everything
out for the good, never taking matters into your own hands.
…for this is the time of the Lord’s [Jehovah-Gmolah] vengeance,
the repayment He is rendering her. Jer. 51:6 ESV
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to
avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. Rom 12:19
You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord
will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them
tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you. 2 Chron 20:17
Thank you Heavenly Father for being absolutely everything to me at all times! Amen!
Day 14 / Benefits of Meditation / Legs up the Wall (Viparita Karani)
Posture: Legs up the Wall (Viparita Karani)
There are numerous benefits of meditation, and the best part of meditating is that it can be done anywhere, it
requires no equipment and there is no cost.
Increases & Improves
-Listening skills and empathy -Learning ability and memory
-Creativity and brain wave coherence -Focus, concentration and will power
-Serotonin levels, improving mood and behavior, emotional stability -Reaction to stress and anxiety
-Perceptual ability and motor performance -Communication between the two brain
-Vitality, stamina, and overall energy hemispheres
-Productivity -Composure to act in considered
-Mind ages at slower rate & constructive ways
-Develops or increases intuition
– Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit
Decreases bad habits, potential of mental illness, aggressiveness, anger, destructive habits, restless thinking,
dependency, addictions, and can alleviate or cure insomnia, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and
many more ailments.
Increases & Improves
-Blood flow and slows the heart rate, reducing anxiety stress, and decreasing muscle tension
-Immune and circulatory systems
-Relaxes our nervous system
-Focus and brain productivity
-Aging process, slows it down (amen!)
-Body and mind healing recovery time
-Endurance and can aid in weight loss
-Energy, strength and perseverance
-Deeper level of physical relaxation.
-Air circulation to the lungs resulting in easier breathing
Decreases cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease, reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress,
can reduce and alleviate high blood pressure, headaches & migraines, premenstrual, menopause, and numerous
other syndromes. Meditation will also aid with common as well as chronic diseases such as arthritis, fibromyalgia,
cancer, allergies, asthma, and so much more.
Creates & Improves
-Space for the Holy Spirit -Discovery of worth in Christ
-A deeper relationship with God -Discovery of self worth and self-actualization
-Alignment of your will with God’s will
-Peace of mind, joy, and happiness
-Body, mind, spirit, and soul in alignment
-Acceptance and understanding of oneself, others and environment
-Wisdom and knowledge
-Ability to forgive
-Compassion, empathy, a widening, deepening capacity for love -Living in the present moment
-Allowance to keep everything in perspective
Decreases selfishness, self-centered behaviors and habits, pride and ego.
Father, thank you that you created us and know our innermost parts. Thank you that as I come to you
and seek you, you fill me with your truth and spirit so that I can be awakened to see and hear what you have for me.
Thank you for carrying me through my battles and always protecting me and keeping me secure and safe. I commit
to you today that I will glorify You with every breath that I take. My thoughts and meditations will stay perfectly on
You and You will continue to speak and guide me into all truths forever and ever, amen!