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Introduction to Christian Fitness and Stretching :
Stretching is very important. Stretching is something God gifted to us but it is forgotten about and often used inaccurately. “Yoga” is a popular form of exercise these modern days but many of the moves come from eastern religions such as Hinduism where people are actually bowing to other false gods and worshipping idols or statues. Beware!
Exodus 20:2-6 King James Version (KJV)
2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
After much research I have found something better. I’ve discovered a Christian form of stretching! I had this idea placed on my heart before I researched and found other people doing it too! So we at Lea Michelle Ministries have decided to create our own set of basic stretch moves and we call ours Stretch ‘N’ Praise. Some of these moves look like moves you’ve seen in yoga but it’s because the body can ONLY move in so many planes and finite positions. Also, I discovered it’s all about mindset in everything we do. If we sing we sing with the Lord! If we dance we dance with the Lord! If we run we run with the Lord. And if we stretch well, we do it with the Lord! Instead of “clearing” our minds we are going to fill them up with scripture and deep prayer while we Stretch ‘N’ Praise.
Stretching releases toxins which can help to cleanse our temple! Almost any form of physical activity, from frenetic to gentle, releases endorphins. Physical activity, including stretching, increases production of endorphins, the neurotransmitters in the brain that can elevate mood and alleviate pain, anxiety and depression. ... Whenever you choose to stretch, you can expect an endorphin buzz. I believe this is actually the Holy Spirit Buzz!
On the Go Stretch 'N' Praise Booklet coming soon!!!
1) Show you can Stretch ‘N’ Praise with the Lord anywhere.
2) We wanted to incorporate simple promises of the Bible that we can reflect on and expand on in our own minds as we Stretch ‘N’ Praise!
3) Excercise with God and gain energy, flexibility and strength!