Yoga is a powerful and versatile exercise program that can cater to a wide host of participants. Providing healthy activities such as yoga classes to your community and congregation can have a profound effect on their well-being and thus the overall health of your members.
According to the Mayo Clinic, yoga is considered a mind-body type of complementary and alternative fitness practice. This exercise can lead to significant reductions in stress and increased fitness including weight loss.
Yoga has also been documented as helping those suffering from chronic health conditions such as cancer, depression, pain, anxiety, and insomnia to manage their various ailments and improve their overall mental and physical wellness. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping to relax and manage stress and anxiety.
Your church can offer a yoga program as an alternative meditation program to help strengthen the bodies and minds of your members as they reflect in a spiritual setting. This outreach ministry could set your church apart and allow for a unique progression in your outreach initiatives.
With an abundance of resources online and in print about yoga and yoga instruction, and given the minimalist nature of the activity, introducing a yoga instruction in your church community can be a viable and easily-maintained outreach ministry.
Things to consider:
- What audience within your congregation would you like to reach?
- Does your facility have the space required to host a yoga class?
- Is there a member of your congregation that can volunteer as an instructor?
These few points address the major factors in determining how appropriate this outreach is for your organization. Conduct research about the process of starting classes, who would like to participate, if the program is a feasible and useful addition to your outreach, and will your church be able to acquire the necessary resources to begin?
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