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.
Well summer is in full swing, and it is hard to believe. Because Covid has been a time of uncertainty for many, I will be offering some YogaFaith classes and some open classes, for anyone to join. I don't want to hinder anyone who has been affected financially by Covid to be excluded from classes, so as always, classes are a donation basis. You pay only what is affordable for you, and you can attend for free.
Below are classes for the month of July.
YogaFaith classes we will be focusing on movement as meditation.
Saturday, July 11th 9am-10am YogaFaith Class 60mins
Wednesday, July 15th 7pm-8pm Open class 60mins
Wednesday, July 22nd 7pm-8pm Open class 60mins
Saturday, July 25th 9am-10am YogaFaith Class 60mins
The classes will be at my house, on my deck, so they are weather dependent. We will be observing social distancing on our mats and there will be a limit of 5 people/class. If you would like to attend a class please let me know in advance and I will send you the address and entrance details. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Please feel free to invite anyone who may like to attend.
*Please contact me if you would like to arrange a private or group session.
JOY-Jesus Orientated Yoga