Lenten DoxaSoma Devotional

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We’re excited to let you know that our Lenten Devotional is now available from a variety of sources!

Walk with us through the 40 days of Lent to get your focus right as we approach Easter. Like our other devotionals you will take one position each day, have a scripture verse on which to focus and then journal your thoughts. You’ll be building your practice, your prayer life and your perspective.

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Advent devotions…

It’s that time of year again…we are in a state of preparation. As Christians this is a good time, this season of waiting and hope, to get our focus right. It can be hard to get and keep that focus of the coming of Christ! There are so many things to distract us.

You can help to set and keep the focus by downloading our new eBook, DoxaSoma: Daily Practice of Advent. Follow along with us each day, breathing and finding that focus.

You can get your copy by clicking below and begin your practice at any time!

Daily Practice of Advent

Building the core: Week 2

By now I know you’ve become lovingly familiar with last week’s core builders: Tent, Stone Table and Red Sea.

Right? 🙂

This week we’re going to flip over and approach the mat in from a different perspective, focusing deep on abdominal work in particular with the complimentary positions to last week’s work: Harp, Ark, and Alpha.

The practice of core work fits best after a few minutes of mild stretching of the major muscle groups when the muscles are warm. Be sure to stretch the hamstrings and quads in particular before working this sequence in an upright and balanced position. Two good DoxaSoma positions for this would be:

Knowledge-

From a prone position, grasp your right foot with your right hand and press hips into mat for the stretch. Other hand is placed under the forehead. Switch sides. You may use a strap or towel to reach the ankle or foot if needed.

From a prone position, grasp your right foot with your right hand and press hips into mat for the stretch. Other hand is placed under the forehead. Switch sides. You may use a strap or towel to reach the ankle or foot if needed.

Wisdom-

Begin upright, lifted at the heart and begin to walk the hands forward while keeping a flat lower back.

Begin upright, lifted at the heart and begin to walk the hands forward while keeping a flat lower back.

When you've gone as far as you can with a flat lower back contract at abs and fold at the waist, forehead toward knees.

When you’ve gone as far as you can with a flat lower back contract at abs and fold at the waist, forehead toward knees.

As always, begin first by taking each of the positions on their own, understanding how the movement feels in your body, how the positions change with time and corrected form. Each of these have a modified, back lying counterpart so if you already know you have issues with your neck or lower back then PLEASE begin in back lying position rather than balancing.

Back lying versions of Harp and Ark begin here with the lower and mid back resting on the mat.

Back lying versions of Harp and Ark begin here with the lower and mid back resting on the mat.

You are STILL WORKING in back lying position. Strength is built over time with discernment and attention! When you are able, begin this sequence of movement in a balanced position, keeping heart lifted and abs contracted and working.

Lift at the heart, drawing arms to either side of the legs. Keep head in a  neutral position.

Lift at the heart, drawing arms to either side of the legs. Keep head in a neutral position.

From Ark, return to a seated position, straighten legs and bring arms behind the body, hands facing toward you and lift. Open up at the heart.

From Ark, return to a seated position, straighten legs and bring arms behind the body, hands facing toward you and lift. Open up at the heart.

Return to a seated position, draw knees into chest and grasp ankles gently as you straighten the legs.

Return to a seated position, draw knees into chest and grasp ankles gently as you straighten the legs.

Release to seated again and straighten legs. Bring arms behind the body, open at the heart and lift into Alpha again.

Release to seated again and straighten legs. Bring arms behind the body, open at the heart and lift into Alpha again.

Remember in each of these positions to keep your breathing even and deep. Hold each position for a count of three good breaths, paying attention to how the breathing changes the position. Begin with cycling through the movements, three breaths each position for a total of at least 3-5 cycles. Work toward fluid movement and increasing the length of time you hold each position with good form, increasing the number of cycles of movement as you progress. When you find your form is slipping and you are not able to correct then you’ve found a good place to stop and rest, regroup and stretch again if you’d like.

By the last cycle, see if you can shift your focus a bit from simply abdominal work into the focus of the verses that inform these positions.

“Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.” Psalm 57:8

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Rev. 1:8

“Arise O Lord, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.” Psalm 132:7-8

New Year…

I like to give homework at my classes…usually it’s something small but powerful; perhaps choose a position we’d done and focus on that for the week, perhaps consider something that came up during prayer. But for the New Year I have a longer bit of homework for you. I’ve given this before. I hope you’ll consider adding it in!

I would like to have you do this every single day.

PRAY

MOVE

WRITE

Do this every single morning, first thing.  If you cannot do this first thing then look at your schedule. What do you need to sacrifice to make this happen?  Consider making that sacrifice for one month.

Prayer, obviously is first. It can be as long or as short as you would like. In any case, focus your prayer NOT on petition but on PRAISE.  Let your prayers be words of worship for the One who made you. Assume that He knows your needs and desires for this short time in the morning and rise with words of joy and gratitude.

Move, any way possible…stretch, DoxaSoma, walk, workout….whatever fits you.

Write, write it all down. Write as much or as little as you feel led but write something every day, even if it is one word.

You might question my putting movement in between prayer and writing…doesn’t writing follow better after prayer?

Nope.

I want to see you get into your body, not take it outside of your prayer life and your emotional life. It walks with you in prayer, it breathes with you in emotional matters. Let’s try placing movement between heart and head and see where it takes us.

Ready? Go.

January 1: Prayer

Prayer Position is how we begin each DoxaSoma sequence so it seems appropriate that your position today is Prayer.

Bring hands together, palm to palm, fingers pointing up. Bring hands (with thumbs facing you) to your chest. Rest your thumbs here. Feel the rise and fall of your breath.

Focus your breathing. Inhale “It is well” Exhale “With my soul”
breathe this
breathe this until is it comes to you naturally, until it is no work, until the thoughts that creep up on you regarding your day or your troubles no longer have a strong voice.

“Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, present
your requests to God.”
Philippians 4:6

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