fitness for the mind, body and soul

Coptic Yogi
Sunday, November 11, 2018



  1. Whose Feet Do You Wash?
    14 May, 2019
    Whose Feet Do You Wash?
    Indulging In Pada Love The Sanskrit word for "foot" is "pada."  Our feet are more important to the body than we think. Feet support all standing poses, therefore, are an integral part of the practice of yoga. When we “measure our steps,” we are using our feet to show our progression and when we “stand on our own two feet,” we are welcoming a display of independence. As the feet play such a significant role in our lives, both figuratively and literally, we’ll delve deeper into ways to care
  2. Let Your Lion Roar
    07 May, 2019
    Let Your Lion Roar
    Let Your Lion Roar Finding Inspiration from the Lions of India, Egypt and Ethiopia The symbolism associated with the lion ties many cultures and countries together. In yoga, the lion is the name of a pose. In the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the lion symbolizes the King and is an image of royalty. Answering the question of how the lion is used in this variety of settings, encourages people to gain the benefits of making the theme of a yoga practice surrounding the celebrated nature of
  3. Growing Gardens
    30 Apr, 2019
    Growing Gardens
    Growing Gardens Blossoming Your Yoga Practice  I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.  So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 (NIV) Am I where I was a year ago in my practice? Am I able to do more now as far as getting into poses in comparison to last spring? I ask these questions and present them also for more self-reflection. It’s like growing a garden, grooming our
  4. Is Isolation Best?
    24 Apr, 2019
    Is Isolation Best?
    Is Isolation Best? Peek into the lives of the Bahtawi of Ethiopia, monks that take it to another level. The Easter attacks on the churches in Sri Lanka have left the world stunned and speechless. With the loss of over 300 lives, one must be astonished at the violent acts plaguing Christians worldwide, referring to my latest post on the death of Christians in West Africa which is really a wake-up call. It’s been reported that there are many parishioners who are afraid to attend church in fear
  5. Heaven and Nirvana
    18 Apr, 2019
    Heaven and Nirvana
    Nirvana and Heaven What's the difference? The heat of pain radiates within your body and soul and the thirst for coolness is quenched, this is the state of Nirvana. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism all are faiths that hold Nirvana in the highest regard seeing it as the ultimate existence in consciousness. Reaching Nirvana frees the soul from reincarnation, meaning no longer would the body need to continue a cycle of lifetimes lived, revolving like the spinning of a wheel.  Nirvana is directed
  6. Miracles Still Happen
    09 Apr, 2019
    Miracles Still Happen
    In Days of Persecution… Miracles Still Happen As Christians are targeted with violence throughout the world, specifically in West Africa, allow me to share an event, according to that proves there’s still hope in a fallen world. Seventy-two Moslems who converted to Christianity were captured by Boko Haram militants preparing to put them to death by rounds of bullets. The choice given the captives was to abandon their faith, renouncing Lord Jesus as their Savior or to prepare
  7. Rasselas and the Quest for Contentment
    03 Apr, 2019
    Rasselas and the Quest for Contentment
    Rasselas and the Quest for Contentment Finding Santosha after Nipsy’s Murder. Santosha, the Sanskrit term for complete satisfaction, one of Patanjali’s Nyamas, or principals symbolized as a branch in the tree of life bearing the philosophy of yoga can be easily interpreted as “happiness,” and its pursuit. Santosha according to yogic thought cannot be obtained by the attachment to things or people but rather is achieved by solemn self-actualization. In theory, this sounds very convincing.
  8. The Art of Holding the Pose
    27 Mar, 2019
    The Art of Holding the Pose
    The Art of Holding a Pose  and the Legend of Saint Tekle Haimanot Holding a Pose in Practice Especially in Yin Yoga, poses are often held for periods of time ranging from 2-5 minutes, with the intention that in holding the pose, the body is given time to ease into the position reaching its limits. While in a pose for a prolonged period, the mind may wander from noticing the dis-ease of the pose into deeper thought. Though yoga is different for everyone, a truly personal experience, there are
  9. Universal Truth
    21 Mar, 2019
    Universal Truth
    Universal Truth  The philosophical question, “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” brings to light a curiosity that leads to two answers. One being, “no” the tree doesn’t make a sound because there’s no one   there to hear it and “yes” the tree does make a sound, it’s simply unable to be captured by the ears of someone listening, thusly describing the concept of universal truth. Regardless of our ability to perceive it, truth in a universal