Camel PoseThat word rings uncomfortable to our ears and egos. It means giving up. It’s our nature to survive by our force of will and at times that may cause the suffering of another. The world is full of examples.

I have been thinking about how my Yoga practice fits into my faith in God through Christ. On the surface it seemed logical that God created these marvelous bodies with built in healing channels of energy and spirit. It seemed right that God (could, should) YES would speak to searchers through this practice of mind body and spirit. And today a new insight…love how God does that! So stick with me in my attempt to describe the mechanics of this insight.

“Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive on another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31,32 The Message

One Facebook post this morning talked about how in watching others practicing camel pose one can see the resistance to surrender. Camel pose is a pose that calls us to surrender the fear of leaning back and fully opening the heart.

Often our fear in body of what could happen if we bend that far back and our fear in mind of being the one in control will prevent us from fully enjoying and reaping the benefits of the pose. It stretches many of the major muscles in the body, stimulates digestion and works to improve conditions of all of our body systems. <

But more than that, it opens our heart in surrender to trust in God and to experience his presence in a new way.

While in my own practice this morning, with God’s word from Ephesians in my heart, each breath drawing me into surrender, I eventually knelt to practice a more open camel pose. The outside world infringed with distractions and I began to think of myself. What actions I would need to take to relieve those interruptions and how rude it was of others to be “in my space”. By this time I was in pigeon pose which also calls on surrender to discomfort in the hips and there was my ah ha moment.

“Be gentle with one another, sensitive”

In order to live true to my call of discipleship, just as in my yoga practice, I surrender MY comfort, MY will and MY imagined needs when called to do so. Letting go of fear and releasing all to God I am able to fully experience healing in body, mind and spirit. This is not a call to the Doormat Club, this is a call to the Yoga mat of peace, to the alter of worship in one who provides the comfort when we give up our natural instinct to provide that for ourselves.

May the peace of God, that passes all understanding be yours.