By Monette Benjamin
Monette’s yoga experience began unintendedly in 2014 by practicing yoga to have a break from studying and get some exercise. Monette soon realized that the time on her mat was much more than a break, it became a very meaningful time to connect with God. Monette was deeply touched by the many principles of yoga that reflected the Trinitarian Christian God and his desire for us to be whole in body, soul and spirit. Monette began to strongly believe and feel that yoga was/is a beautiful piece of her journey of faith; by understanding, experiencing and connecting with God in a new, tangible and holistic way.
Monette's desire to experience the healing and transformative presence of Jesus through yoga lead her to YogaFaith, a Christian Yoga School. Monette completed her Yoga Teacher Training 200 hour with YogaFaith in May 2016 and obtained her RYT 200. Monette now desires to share what she has learned with others, to practice awareness of the presence of Jesus through yoga postures, prayer and meditation; JOY, Jesus Orientated Yoga! Monette believes it is such a precious treasure to share Jesus through the practice of yoga; to bring our whole being: body, mind, will, emotion and spirit into a deeper connection with the living God. Her current mantra is based on the serenity prayer:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Monette spent a number of years (full time and part time) as a missionary in YWAM (Youth With a Mission). As part of her time in YWAM, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Counselling, with University of The Nations; studying and serving in many ministries internationally. Monette also worked with refugee families settling in Canada as part of the Life Resource Centre, a community outreach centre for a church. Currently, Monette works as an Addiction Counselor/Life Coach at a long-term, live in treatment center for alcohol and drugs.
A variety of classes are offered:
Gentle Vinyasa class
A Quarterly Restorative class
Classes are designed for beginner to intermediate students who want to explore yoga and have an intentional time of reflection with God through the practice of yoga. Check the schedule weekly for the type of class and theme.
Saturday Morning Classes:
Yoga sessions for the month of March we will be reflecting on the season of Lent. Lent begins on Wednesday, February 26th and ends on Thursday, April 9th. Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, we, and Christians around the world, replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.
Is there something you are giving up, or laying down, or are withdrawing from for this season?
Saturday, March 7th 9-10am
Saturday, March 14th 8:30-9:30am
Saturday, March 21st 9-10am
All Saturday classes will be at Dundas Street United Church Located at: 482 Dundas St, London, ON N6B 1W6.
Dundas Street United church is on the corner of Maitland and Dundas Street. There is a parking lot behind the church with lots of space for parking, the entrance is at the front of the church off of Dundas. There is a long walkway to the front door. Please knock or ring the doorbell if no one is at the door.
The class is a donation based class.
Suggested donation is:
$8.00/adult and $5.00/student.
Half of all donations will be given back to Dundas Street United Church. The church supports many social programs with in the city and they have been very generous to offer the space!
A couple of reminders.....please arrive early as the doors will be locked after the class starts. It is a great practice to come into a yoga space and just take a few minutes to be still on your mat, centering yourself for a time of worship through movement!
Please share with anyone who may be interested!
*Please contact me if you would like to arrange a private or group session.
JOY-Jesus Orientated Yoga