Lent 2017 Prayer Posture Week 6: Praise

Lent, Prayer

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 SIX: Praise
The sixth type of prayer that we are exploring is praise. It is the type of prayer where we praise God for who God is. “Great is Thy Faithfulness” is a hymn of praise, for example.

Breath Prayer:
You are. God.

Seated:
Extend your arms and hands fully above your head or hold hands, palms up, at shoulder level.

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Whole body:
Sitting on the floor in a half lotus position, fully extend your arms and hands above your head. Remember to keep your back straight.
You could also do half lotus tree pose:

Here is the prayer card that goes with this practice:  Praise Prayer Cards 17
Over the course of Lent, the cards will combine to make a cross.

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