This year on Sundays during Lent, we will be exploring both six major types of prayer and the prayer postures that go with them. Each week will include a breath prayer, a sitting posture, and a whole body posture. These practices are inspired by several Holy Yoga resources that I have researched or experienced over the past couple of years. I hope that this resource will help to deepen your conversations with God this Lent.
Breath Prayer: a breath prayer is a simple prayer that you can pray as you focus on your breath. Usually, there is a word or phrase to think or say while you breathe in, and a word or phrase to think or say as you breathe out.
Sitting Posture: we are not always in the position to use our whole bodies to pray, or our physical limitations may preclude us from some of the suggested whole body poses. Sitting posture poses were developed with these circumstances in mind.
Whole Body Posture: these postures pair a yoga pose with a general type of prayer. They help to engage your whole body, mind, and spirit in the practice of prayer.
WEEK THREE: SELF
The third type of prayer that we are exploring is petition, or praying for yourself. It is the type of prayer where we ask God to show up in our own lives. It might be for help, or healing, or just a sense of God’s presence in our lives.
Help me. Lead me.
Place both hands on your heart, one on top of the other.
Sitting on the floor, stretch both legs out in front of you, toes flexed. Place both hands on your heart and allow your head to fall to the side. You could also do a Garland pose.
Here is the prayer card that goes with this practice: Prayer Practice 3 Self Cards 2017
Over the course of Lent, the cards will combine to make a cross.