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 FIVE: Listen
The fifth type of prayer that we are exploring is listening. It is an unusual type of prayer for many of us, because we often think of prayer as talking to God. When we practice listening, we work on being still and letting God speak to us.
(concentrate on breathing itself)
Place your hands, palms up, on your knees.
Whole body: Meditation pose
Sitting on the floor in a half lotus position, place your hands, palms up, on your knees. Remember to keep your back straight. You could substitute corpse pose, if you wish.
Here is the prayer card that goes with this practice: Prayer Practice Listen Cards
Over the course of Lent, the cards will combine to make a cross.