Are you able to hear God's still small voice among the chaos of today's loud world? Because you were created to hear from your Creator. Have you ever experienced such intimate and distraction-free worship? You were created for worship. When was the last time you completely surrendered your all? Are you ready to deepen your walk with Christ, hear from Him and have hidden mysteries, treasures and wonders revealed to you? He is trying to communicate to His children. He has things He needs you to hear and know. You have places to go, things to do and people to meet! Maybe you are ready to encounter God for the very first time, or long for a fresh encounter with the Living Waters? Would you like to get healthy and whole once and for all? Are you willing to be transformed from the inside out? Awesome! I was hoping you would say yes! I want to share how your life can be truly transformed by the Living Christ and the amazing gift of yoga. Do not be afraid of the word yoga, it simply means to be united, or to yoke. It is not our business how others use yoga or what they set their hearts and minds to while practicing yoga. Here, we set our hearts and minds on Jesus Christ and nobody should be able to judge how others worship. I believe God created everything in the Heavens and on the Earth. Therefore, I believe God created our body, how we move and physical activity that includes stretching our body. The combination of your faith, and literally stretching your faith, can heal your body, your mind, your spirit, marriage, relationships, business, ministry and so much more. You can be made whole by practicing the principles throughout these pages. Every area of your life can be healed, redeemed, restored and made new! I began my yoga journey about 20 years ago as a means to prevent injury while professionally dancing. Throughout my dance career, yoga not only helped me to maintain my flexibility and strength with no injury, I soon discovered that it was a physical activity like no other. When I attended yoga classes, often an instructor would incorporate a philosophy such as self enlightenment or tell students to honor "the source" within us. I would always think, "Yes the Source is within me, it is Christ alone, not me, but Him!" God always whispered to me to keep my heart and mind on Him. My yoga practice began to be Christ centered, but in a silent way. I longed to share what He was working in my heart, body and spirit with others.My prayer is that God would speak to you in new and mighty ways throughout the pages of Stretching of Your Faith and that you would connect with Him in the most profound and intimate way.Here is to your new beginnings. Your "Chapter Change".Your whole worship; body, mind, spirit and especially your soul.For in him we live, and move, and have our being. Acts 17:28
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About the Author
MICHELLE THIELEN is an activist, author, professional speaker, life coach and the founder of YogaFaith, an internationally recognized and accredited Christian Yoga Alliance school. She has not only trained thousands of students and instructors in yoga, but empowers those that attend her worldwidetrainings and conferences to live a purpose-driven life out loud! Through her own struggles of losingeverything, depression, and battling addictions, Michelleshares with others the message of hope, and how our greatest mess can become our most profound message:"If we don't allow our battles to help others, then we waste the glory of the victory." Her humanitarian efforts continue to reach several continents as she educates poverty-stricken communities in holistic living, purpose, empowerment and productivity. Her life's mission is to abolish modern-day slavery in this generation.Originally from Portland, Oregon, Michelle has always loved movement. At the age of five, she began with ballet slippers, which evolved into every kind of dance form. Eventually, she became a professional dancer and choreographer in numerous venues, including professional athletic teams such as the NBA and WNBA. She originally discovered yoga through dance, as she implemented its methods primarily for injury prevention, but then fell in love with the numerous benefits of the practice.It has been more than 20 years since Michelle first discovered yoga. Throughout her studies and practice of various styles, her love of yoga, its community, and thousands of transformational testimonies gave her a passion for sharing the gift with others. Before falling in love with yoga, she fell in love with design. With a degree in Architecture and Design, Michelle worked for almost 20 years in the granite industry, helping others build their dreams. One day God said, "It is time to build the dreams I gave you." Michelle's mission is to share the wonderful benefits of yoga and the healing power of Jesus Christ to a lost and hurting world. She believes it begins from within. If each one of us receives healing and wholeness we can then empower and ignite others to receive the same, creating a wildfire of revival throughout the globe.For several years, Michelle has been an active ambassador and advocate with Shared Hope International, an organization that is changing laws and battling the root issues of human trafficking. She has also traveled with the A21 Campaign, an organization founded by Australian pastor Christine Caine, to help in the rescue efforts of today's slaves. Michelle's life mission is to abolish modern-day slavery, human trafficking and actualize justice in her generation. She offers donation-based classes so all people can enjoy yoga and community, and her prayer is that people will connect to Christ ? on or off a yoga mat. All class donations go directly to international rescue and restoration efforts. Students, friends, and partners have sent the ministry of YogaFaith to many third world countries over the years to teach YogaFaith to young children. Michelle has seen the healing power of Jesus work in their lives. She knows they can be saved and restored. She looks forward to sharing yoga and Jesus, the hope for all humanity, to bring about true and lasting transformationin the lives of thousands more survivors, but also in your life.In 2004, Michelle was deeply depressed and would not be here today without the redemptive power of Christ. She is grateful that God, and her mother, saved her from taking her own life. She knows now that she would have killed the wrong girl. "One day I woke up and decided to choose life, and I have never looked back," she says. She enjoys sharing her hope in God with others who are battling despair, discouragement, and depression. There is hope! It is not always easy but it is always worth it!God has blessed Michelle with the desires of her heart, including her soulmate and best friend, Derek Thielen.
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Stretching Your Faith: Practicing Postures of Prayer to Create Peace, Balance and Freedom by Michelle Thielen is an insightful book that speaks about connecting with God physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually through the practice of yoga. The author shares her experiences on how her life was transformed by the Living Christ and the amazing gift of yoga. The word 'yoga' means to unite or yoke, and the author speaks about the combination of faith that can heal the body, mind, spirit, relationships, marriage, business, and much more. The principles shared through the pages of the book can be easily practiced, thereby enabling everyone to heal, redeem, and restore every area of their lives. The book is uplifting and motivational and reiterates the power of Christ in our daily lives. The author seamlessly weaves together her faith in Christ with the power of yoga practice. The pictures of the postures and the explanations on how to do them are helpful to readers to practice at home and draw abundance into the lives of everyone. The book is a great resource and the author does an excellent job explaining the connection of yoga with the Bible. She explains how yoga is meant to be a personal journey where one can find balance, peace, and wellness - in YogaFaith one can achieve complete wholeness of mind, body, spirit, and soul through Jesus Christ. The book is well written and explains the concept of Christian Yoga; yoking the essence of Yoga to Christian faith masterfully.