A sanctuary for bodies, minds, hearts, & souls
The Abbey is an online community of people who believe in the power of yoga to connect us to the loving heart of God in and around us.
We lean into a different theme using the tools of yoga, Scripture study, and prayer disciplines to pursue wholeness in every breath.
We gather in a private Facebook group to link arms and spur each other on in our unique callings.
We take a deep breath and remember that this is holy ground.
Y O U ' R E I N V I T E D
COME MEET JESUS ON YOUR YOGA MAT
The doors of The Abbey are open to anyone longing to meet Jesus on their yoga mats
Join our community as a Member or as a Leader
Just like in a physical Abbey, all participants are Members of the community and some are also Leaders.
There are no preconditions to joining as a Member! Our Leaders group is reserved for current yoga teachers and teachers in training. Members and Leaders receive the same content each month, but Leaders receive additional resources and discipleship designed to equip and empower you in your unique gifts and calling.
Read more about what you receive as part of the community and sign up to join us below!
The doors to join as a Member are open year-round
The doors to join as a Leader are closed for 2018. They will reopen again in January 2019
“For we are the product of His hand,
heaven's poetry etched on lives,
created in the Anointed, Jesus,
to accomplish the good works
God arranged long ago”
EPH. 2:10 | Voice
What it's like to be part of The Abbey...
Becoming a Member in The Abbey is for you if...
You love practicing Jesus-centered yoga at home but you wish the videos were just a little bit longer.
Good news, all the yoga practices in The Abbey are 60 minutes long, just like if you were to take a class at a gym or studio! Each month you receive a more challenging Power Flow and a more gentle Slow Flow. These practices are led by Caroline and by other incredible Leaders in The Abbey.
You have to hide your yoga from friends and family who are concerned about your salvation.
Welcome to the club 😉We're a global family of Jesus followers and yoga lovers. You'll find a community of like-hearted friends in the Facebook Group and be encouraged and inspired in your walk through the rich monthly content.
You've noticed that what you're cultivating on your mat is starting to show up off your mat. Now you're interested in taking your practice deeper and exploring other contemplative practices.
We love taking God out of the box and revisiting ancient prayer practices like meditation and Lectio Divina. Each month in The Abbey, you'll receive two audio recordings where Caroline or another Leader guides you through these ways of praying. We've also started a monthly practice called Creative Contemplation where we practice seeing God in a piece of art, poetry, and music. Along with the piece of art, we provide you with some reflecting questions to inspire and challenge you to go deeper.
Becoming a Leader in The Abbey is for you if...
You completed your teacher training but feel like you know less than you did when you started. While taking more trainings would be amazing, you don't have the time or money, but you still want to continue learning and growing as an instructor.
We totally get it, which is why we offer an advanced workshop every month on relevant topics to make you a smarter, wiser, and more insightful leader. Led by Caroline and other experienced yoga teachers, these workshops inspire deep questions and equip you with real tools to take into your classes and impact your students.
Past workshops include: Finding Your Voice: Translating Heaven While Teaching, The Anatomy of the Breath, and This is A Good Body: Navigating Our Relationship With Our Body Through Yoga
You long for the kind of community and support you had back in teacher training but lack now that you've graduated.
It's no fun getting kicked out of the teacher training nest and out into the real world! The Abbey is a safe place to land whether you recently graduated or graduated a long time ago but aren't surrounded by a community of other Jesus-loving yoga instructors. We cultivate active community in our private Facebook Group where we host weekly conversation topics and share the highs and lows (and all the weird in-betweens) of following this calling.
You are looking for practical tools to help you teach your classes like sequencing ideas, theme ideas, and playlists.
We've got a lot of tools around The Abbey! Each month our Leaders receive a full sequence breakdown of the Power & Slow Flow practices for that month complete with stick figures, pose names, and cueing tips to help guide your students through the movements. We also wrestle the monthly theme into six different variations, pulling the threads of the one theme in many directions. We find other Bible verses, meaningful quotes, and deep questions and put each variation of the theme on a notecard so you can take it right into your class with you and guide your students into a deeper revelation of God in and around them. And no more playing the same playlist every class – each month we provide you with two new playlists so you can expand your music library and inspire your students!
You've been teaching for awhile and just feel stuck and maybe even a little bored. You're desperate for fresh inspiration and encouragement.
Not only will you gather tons of inspiration and encouragement from the monthly content bundles, but you'll find even more of it from fellow Leaders right in our Facebook Group. One of our weekly traditions is posting a pose and asking people to share one or two tips on how they would cue it. This is one of our favorite rituals as we all learn something new, learn how to say something in a new way, or learn how to make the pose more accessible to our students. You don't have to walk this path alone, friend! Let us pour into you with the same kind of intentionality and passion you pour into your students!
Our Theme for 2018: The Story of Creation
Why study the creation story? A few reasons.
For one, it deals with God’s decision to physically create, to deal in the material, tangible, messy, and diverse. To create a physical place (here) and time (now) to make heaven known. The Bible begins by painting a picture of a disordered and chaotic world and the Spirit of God hovering over it like a mama eagle over her eggs. The first act God does is speak and create. Perhaps the same is still true today...
For another reason, we think the Creation Story has been done a disservice. We tend to limit our conversation around it to a reductive theological debate or brush past it completely once we graduate from Sunday School felt boards.
We believe there's a lot more to the story. We believe this foundational story may just have some foundational ideas to teach us about God, ourselves, and how it all fits together. Each month we'll lean into a different "day" of creation, chewing over its meaning then and now, tangibly & spiritually, in our bodies & in our hearts.
This intense study will transform your understanding and awareness of the always-present always-creating God. Here's a glimpse of what we dive into each month:
Day One | June
Darkness + Light
God names both the light & dark, both answer to Him. God is in the chaos. God is in the confused. God is in the wilderness.
Day Two | July
The Space Between
God establishes boundaries so we can breathe.
Day Three | August
Putting Down Roots
All the ingredients are there for our growth. Will we receive them and grow or refuse them and wither?
Day Four | September
The Wonder of Rhythm
God establishes rhythm and time and we contemplate our dependence on artificial light.
Day Five | October
Worshipping with every sense
God creates creatures for worship in His creation. Can God be known like an infant knows their mother – through sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste?
Day Six | November
It's safe to be seen
God creates a very good creation.
Day Seven | December
Exhale to Inhale
"My presence will go with you and I will give you rest."