Why PraiseMoves? Why not just do ‘Christian Yoga’?
What is PraiseMoves?
PraiseMoves is a series of stretching and strength-building postures, each linked to a verse of Scripture we focus upon while doing the posture. For example, during The Angel posture , we meditate upon and speak aloud Psalm 91:11, “For He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways.”
We are not only building strength, flexibility and balance in our bodies; we are also being “transformed by the renewing of (our) minds” on the Word of God (Romans 12:2), nourishing our spirits and praising the Lord through His Word.
We are experiencing the truth of PraiseMoves’ foundation scripture, “For you were bought at a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” 1st Corinthians 6:20.
It is our belief that the postures are NOT the foundation of PraiseMoves. The Word of God, as found in the Bible is the foundation. The exercises are the tool to get you more into the Word, and to get more of the Word into you!
But it looks like yoga! Is this safe?
Yes, this is explained in full in the article “Why a Christian ALTERNATIVE to yoga?” We are thrilled that more and more people are realizing the dangers of yoga; that it is a Hindu practice, not “just exercise,” and that PraiseMoves offers a REAL Christ-centered alternative, built on the Word of God found in the Holy Bible.
I’m a beginner/have physical challenges/haven’t worked out in years, can I still do PraiseMoves?
Yes! Most PraiseMoves postures can be modified to be done seated, with support, or to accommodate any physical challenges you may have. Just let me know before the class so I can advise or modify!
I can’t get down on the floor, can I still attend?
A number of PraiseMoves postures involve getting on the floor, but these can either be avoided, modified, or you can do them from a chair or use a chair to help you get up and down. Again, just let me know!
What does an average PraiseMoves class look like?
An average class begins with a short ‘Walking Wisdom Warm-up’ ( gentle aerobic movements) to lively worship music. We alternate various gentle, easy steps to keep things interesting and, most importantly, declare scriptural affirmations! For example, while walking or moving at a brisk pace, I will call our a line of scripture such as Ephesians 6:10, “I AM STRONG IN THE LORD!” We then repeat together, “I AM STRONG IN THE LORD!” And so on through the verse.
We then move on to the postures themselves, a series of gentle, effective, yet challenging postures designed to increase flexibility and muscle strength, working through 10-15 postures lasts about 30 mins. These will be either modified to suit you, or the advanced postures will be included for those looking for a more intense workout.
Some classes with be based around teaching a new Scripture Sequence, or we will flow through one we have learned previously – such as “The Lord’s Prayer”, “The Armour of God” or the 23rd Psalm. During Scripture Sequences, we “flow” from one posture to another as the scripture is recited. Movements correspond with the words being spoken, often reinforcing their meaning. Our bodies are respectfully mirroring the beauty and life within God’s holy Word.
We close with a WWJD Meditation/Relaxation Time – For a few minutes, we allow our bodies to rest. Resting on the floor with our eyes closed, we prayerfully consider a proverb, portion of scripture or psalm. This will NOT include any “traveling out of our bodies,” visualizing colors and lights, chanting or breathing in spiritual nonsense! This is definitely a WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) relaxation time.
What should I wear?
You don’t need to be kitted out in fancy workout gear to attend! Just wear comfortable, loose trousers, preferably not jeans, and a well fitting, comfortable t-shirt that will not go over your head if you bend down! It’s up to you if you want to take your shoes off, but I suggest wearing a sturdy pair of trainers for the warm-up, and taking them off and either wearing socks, or going barefoot for the postures.
What do I need to bring?
If you have an exercise mat, please do bring it, if not, there are some spare available (these will be wiped down after every use!), or you can use a large towel. There is a water fountain, but bring a bottle of water if possible. There are toilets available if you need to get changed into or out of your workout clothes. Bring a snack if you feel you will need one during or after the class.
What time should I arrive?
If this is your first time, please arrive 10-15 minutes early to get signed in. You will need to sign a waiver form, just to say you understand you can get hurt while exercising!
Can you do classes near me?
I am based in Plymouth, Devon, but if you would like me to hold classes near you, contact me and I’ll see what I can do.
I’m pregnant, can I still do PraiseMoves?
Please do check with your doctor first, but, if you have already been active doing regular workouts before becoming pregnant, you can certainly continue exercising during pregnancy.
Is PraiseMoves for men, too?
Absolutely yes! Many men enjoy the physical and spiritual benefits of PraiseMoves, and appreciate the importance of flexibility and balance as our bodies mature. Flexibility and balance are also critical in many sports and activities such as running, hiking and even golf. Some men are surprised by the core muscle-building, upper and lower body strengthening benefits of a PraiseMoves workout. It can be as challenging physically as you’d like it to be!
If there is enough interest, I will be starting a higher intensity power PraiseMoves class, which will include an a longer, more intense workout, and the advanced versions of the postures.
What are PraiseMoves® Alphabetics?
These postures correspond to the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet, Aleph through Tav. Toward the end of class, we often do one posture, or “letter.” Our text comes from Psalm 119: “Meditations on the Excellencies of the Word of God.” Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem, this means there are 22 stanzas, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. According to ancient Hebrew “word pictures,” each letter also represents an object (such as Dalet, the Door), an animal (Aleph, the Ox) or an action (Tet, to Surround). We will consider some of these meanings and occasionally delve into the deeper meanings of Hebrew words.