I thought it might be appropriate for my first post to tackle my most frequently asked question: Why Sow Yoga?
I guess I should begin by clarifying that it is “sow” as in “you reap what you sow.”
Physically, with yoga, you reap the benefits of the practice if you are willing to sow. You can’t go to one yoga class and be able to do the splits, and you can’t go once a month and expect crazy differences in your sleeping patterns. Yoga truly does have all those benefits you have been hearing about, but in order to reap a lot of those benefits, first you must sow.
Mentally, as we train our minds to meditate on scripture, the lies that we have been believing are replaced with His truth. It is a beautiful representation of “renewing our minds” (Romans 12:2). And a lot of people don’t recognize how much our thoughts impact our health. In fact, studies have been conducted where an apple is cut in half, and the halves are placed in two separate jars. One half of the apple has positivity spoken over it, and the other half has negativity spoken over it. The one that heard the negative words rotted, and the one that received positivity stayed good. (See here, or just google it, it’s a thing). If negative words have such a profound impact on an apple, how much more do those negative words impact us? With that said, if we sow His truth and His thoughts about us begin to replace our thoughts about ourselves, it has power, and we will reap healing from that. But lies aren’t replaced overnight. We must continually sow His truth.
Spiritually, “the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:8, ESV). If you are engaging with sin, you are working rigorously and will continually come up empty. You will feel like you need more, and you will keep engaging in the sinful behavior. It’s a relentless cycle. But if you are abiding in Him, you will reap the fruit of that—”Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15: 4-5, ESV).
Which leads me to the heart of my yoga practice—being with Him. It’s about learning to abide. It’s about learning to rest in Him rather than making restless attempts of self-reliance.
So, Sow Yoga. Because you reap what you sow—physically, mentally, and spiritually—and my hope is that you will sow righteousness and reap the benefits of being with Him.