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 FOUR: THANKS
The fourth type of prayer that we are exploring is thanksgiving, or thanking God for all of the blessings in your life. It is the type of prayer where we thank you to God for everything that we are, that we have, and that we experience. We might even thank God for things that don’t seem to be blessings, in the hopes that some day we will understand.
Thank you, God.
Give yourself a hug.
Sitting on the floor in a cross legged position, give yourself a hug. Lean forward until your elbows are nestled in your lap. You could also do an easy pose forward fold.
Here is the prayer card that goes with this practice: PP4 Thanks cards 17
Over the course of Lent, the cards will combine to make a cross.