Yoga and Prayer: Creativity

I believe that God is immensely creative, that seems so clear to me as I get to know him better and see how he works in people’s lives. And I also believe that we, as his creatures, are each and every one of us, creative beings. We were created to create (among other things). Lately, I have deeply desired to create. I feel like there is all this pent up creative energy in me that is pushing to be let free. So, as I designed the yoga routine for our women’s time of prayer this week I really focused on poses that are suppose to inspire creativity and productivity.

We did the whole asana series with Bach playing in the back ground and smiles on our faces. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did J

Sun Salutations (2 sets)

Crow Pose

Kundalini yoga chair pose

Kundalini Yoga Jesus Pose

Cat Cow pose

Child’s pose

Bow pose

Child’s pose

Bound Angle Pose  - from this pose we grabbed our angles and made circles with our bodies, first one direction and then the other

Neck rolls

Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose (with right leg straight)

Head-to-Knee forward bend (with right leg straight)

One-legged  King pigeon pose (with right leg straight)

Half lord of the fishes pose (with right leg over left)

(Do the last four poses on the other side)

Seated forward bend

Wide angle seated forward bend

Bound angle pose 

Then we did THIS sequence of poses working up to Blossoming Lotus Pose 

Forward bend in Bound Angle Pose

Bridge Pose

Kundalini Yoga Stretch Pose

Half Shoulderstand

Plow pose

Corpse Pose

After a little while in Corpse pose we came up to Easy Pose and had a short time of meditation with our hands making a circle on our laps (right finger tips rest on top of left finger tips and thumbs touch lightly making a circle). During this time of meditation we focused our attention on the spot just below our belly button – where our wombs are and the place where life is created. Lord, make our whole lives fertile with creativity.

After a little while my friend, Elaine, led us in a beautiful prayer and then I closed with Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

But, I think my favorite part of the morning was that after we were done we sat around and talked for a while and then as some concerns and issues were shared in the conversation we just naturally jumped back into prayer – it was beautiful. I feel so blessed to have this time with these wonderful women! Thank you, Lord! Thank you!

Rejoicing in the journey - Bethany Stedman