How are you? Sending you love today. As we head into Thanksgiving, I want to pause and say, “Thank you for being here.” I am truly grateful each one of you has found your way to this Jesus Yoga space. Praise the Lord for connecting us!
Guess what? This month is my 5 year anniversary of teaching Holy Yoga. FIVE whole years of worshipping Jesus with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength TOGETHER. Wow! Five years ago today, I was finishing up my 225-hour yoga teacher training, and two weeks later I taught my first class in our converted garage in Fullerton, California. Were you there? When was your first Holy Yoga class with me? I’d love to hear from you!
I can still remember that class, all the nerves, hours of prep, the doubts and fears that come with doing something new. But louder than all that noise was the voice of God clearly calling me to teach Christ Center, Holy Yoga. Since I had experienced radical intimacy, healing, and rest with Jesus on my mat, I so confidently knew the Lord was inviting me to hold a special space for you to, “be still and know that He is God”. I HAD to share this gift with the world! Looking back, it was no accident that my verse for that year was Joshua 1:9.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
What perfect encouragement and fuel for that moment. Despite all the hurdles (hello stay-at-home mom with two kids under 4), I said, “yes” and I’m so glad I did.
Since that first class, the Lord has opened doors for me to teach in parks, homes, retail buildings, retreat centers, churches, and on private vacations. He’s allowed me to connect with YOU and so many beautiful new friends. What a gift! No matter where a class is held, or who attends, the focus of worship remains the same. We practice yoga and worship Jesus and it’s just the best.
I am in awe of what happens when we gather and worship Jesus in commUNITY with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. I have seen so many weary followers of Jesus (myself included) find true REST as they worship with open hearts. Many have found a renewed hunger for spending intentional time with Jesus. Many have heard the voice of God, seen visions, and experienced the healing, perfect love of Jesus in a fresh new way as they lay down heavy burdens and JUST BE. For some, it just feels good to move and breathe and I consider that a win as well. There are countless stories I could share.
As I reflect on this past season, in addition to being a beloved daughter of the King, wife, and mother, getting to be a Holy Yoga instructor has been a rich and rewarding journey. I’m grateful I GET TO do this work with Jesus. I’m grateful to have the love, support, and blessing of my husband, Garrett, who is also a certified Holy Yoga instructor (woohoo for marriage!). He has been my biggest cheerleader since day one and has prayed over me, blessed me, and filled in the gap at home with our children every time I go teach. Love you, babe!
And of course, as I started out this post, I am extremely grateful for you and this amazing community. I love how you continue to show up with open and pure hearts. Thank you for allowing me to guide you through your practice over the past five years. As I’ve poured out, I’ve received so much back. You’ve helped me grow and experience the radical LOVE of Jesus through this embodied worship practice.
Last but not least, thank you for supporting my business, Kathryn Carrington Yoga, and investing in what God is doing through this unique ministry. I appreciate it! I love getting to partner with you in this way. God continues to use this space to bring weary followers of Jesus rest and peace like only He can. If you’re in San Luis Obispo, don’t forget to book a yoga class with me through Airbnb! I’d love to see you. To God be all the glory forever and ever, Amen.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
With Love and Gratitude,
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