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 our Leaders Wing are currently closed and will open some time in Spring 2020!
The Abbey shop is now open!
Pick up a membership gift card, shirt, or bag!
“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, Pelvis 101, 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 2019…
Jesus' favorite speech form, the parable, was subversive. Parables sound absolutely ordinary: casual stories about soil and seeds, meals and coins and sheep, bandits and victims, farmers and merchants. And they are wholly secular: of his forty or so parables recorded in the Gospels, only one has its setting in church, and only a couple mention the name God. As people heard Jesus tell these stories, they saw at once that they weren't about God, so there was nothing in them threatening their own sovereignty. They relaxed their defenses. They walked away perplexed, wondering what they meant, the stories lodged in their imagination. And then, like a time bomb, they would explode in their unprotected hearts. An abyss opened up at their very feet. He was talking about God; they had been invaded!
― Eugene H. Peterson
Like a pilgrim setting out to climb a mountain, we will set out together to circle the mysterious, enigmatic, shocking, and challenging stories that Jesus told while He walked this earth. Using different spiritual practices like yoga, meditation, and creative contemplation, we’ll look at His stories from different vantage points to try and know better the heart of God. Parables were the means Jesus used most frequently to talk about the kingdom of God and so we think it’s time to dive below the surface and sit with these stories for an entire year.
What’s in The Abbey’s Archives?
The Story of Creation
embodied and explored through yoga, meditation, music, and art over 7 slow & savory months
When you join The Abbey, you’ll gain access to our rich library of past content including over 15 hour-long yoga practices, guided Lectio Divina and Meditations, and playlists. Leaders, that’s 15 class sequences, over 60 class themes, and 7 workshops on advanced teaching topics!
Our theme in 2018 was the story of Creation. If you stopped thinking about Creation after you graduated from Sunday School felt boards, then you’re missing out. There’s so much to learn about the heart of God in and around us by studying how God created you and I and the world we live in.