Embodied Spirituality Resources

What is an “embodied spirituality” and what does it mean to embody your spiritual experience? How do we bring our bodies to our prayer, worship and other spiritual practices? There are several great resources I want to share with you that explore these questions.

I highly recommend these books…

I recommend the following articles and blog posts:

I recommend the following videos:

Please check back on occasion as I will add to this list as I discover more resources on my own journey of living a fully-embodied, whole-hearted life! If you’d like to be notified of retreats and future offerings please sign up for the Rooted & Reaching email list.

Stay Rooted & Keep Reaching, Jody

Jody Thomae © 2020 All Rights Reserved

Embodied Guidance, Compassion & Care

Rooted & Reaching Embodied Care: Integrated Spiritual Guidance and Caregiving for Mind, Body, Spirit & Soul is a unique combination of spiritual direction and guidance, Healing Care Ministries Formational Prayer, worshipful movement, embodied prayer, and yoga therapyall from a body-focused, trauma-informed, and Christ-centered perspective. It is designed to provide spiritual guidance, compassionate care, and integrated instruction in order to live a more fully embodied, whole-hearted life—the καρδία, kardia life! καρδία (kardia) is Greek for “Heart” — and yet it is all-encompassing in meaning. According to Strong’s Concordance, “Universally, καρδία denotes the seat and center of all physical and spiritual life and the vigor and sense of physical life. [It is…] the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors.”  When Paul wrote “let the eyes of your heart (καρδία, kardia) be opened” he meant for our entire being—every part of who we are—to be open to the movement of God’s Spirit within us.

With close to two decades of experience in both ministry and body-oriented work, Jody works with individuals and small groups to live fully-embodied and whole-hearted lives. A typical 60 minute session might include a simple mirrored worship dance; Lectio Divina with mindful breathing, breath prayer and simple, symbolic action; Christ-centered grounding and centering; YogaFaith whole body worship; Relax & Renew® restorative body work; Formational Prayer; and other creativity-inspiring activities. All sessions are:

  • guided by the work of the Holy Spirit
  • conducted with trauma-informed philosophy in mind
  • focused on you traveling your own awakening, abiding and healing journey
  • attentive to the person as a wholehonoring heart, soul, mind and body
  • a place for you to be heard, seen, recognized and to rest in safe and sacred space

If you are interested in Rooted & Reaching Embodied Care: Integrated Spiritual Direction and Caregiving for Mind, Body, Spirit & Soul with Jody, please email her at yogafaithjody@gmail.com for more information. Cost: $100/session. Please note: due to the embodied nature of this work, all sessions are LIVE (no virtual options offered).

Learn more about this “embodiment” thing here. Or check out Jody’s EMBODIED series here with lots of ideas, tools and free resources. One of those resources is a 7-part series on Postures of Prayer & Praise where you can begin to explore embodied postures of worship as found in scripture. Thank you for joining me on the journey to live a fully-embodied, whole-hearted life… ROOTED in love and REACHING out in love! If you’d like to be notified of retreats and future offerings please sign up for the Rooted & Reaching email list.

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Rooted & Reaching…

My philosophy in life, ministry, movement and yoga can be summarized in two words: ROOTED & REACHING. All my offerings are:

ROOTED or grounded in form, alignment, intention, inclusion, safety, and a shared-experience between teacher and student.

REACHING or stretching towards personal goals, dreams, destiny, and the God-given design in each of our lives.

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In spiritual terms, for those who want to truly embody their faith, for whose yoga practice is an act of whole body worship, and for those who seek to be followers of Jesus Christ, we understand that when we are ROOTED in our own identity as beloved children of God and know that we are deeply loved by Him, we can live a life REACHING out to others in a way that doesn’t drain and deplete us, but fills us with life as we live out our own unique calling in this world and extend His love, grace and mercy to others.

STUDENTS & EXPLORERS of ALL shapes, sizes, spirituality and abilities are welcomed and encouraged to reach their full potential through this trUly BEaUtiful thing called yoga and embodiment. Won’t you join the journey with me? I’d love to have you join us! If you’d like to be notified of retreats and future offerings please sign up for the Rooted & Reaching email list.

Shanti Shalom,*

*Shanti is Sanskrit for peace & Shalom is Hebrew for deep, abiding peace.
Jody Thomae © 2020 All Rights Reserved

Take time to breathe

It is important for each of us to take time to breathe… to slow down… to focus on yourself for a bit. We all live busy lives, but it is so vital to realize that no one can pour from an empty cup. You need a time and a place where you are filled. Yoga has never been, nor will ever be, a business for me. It is a ministry… a ministry in which I have the honor and privilege of creating and holding space for others to be filled up in such a way that they can be a help and joy to others. I’d love to serve you in this way, too. You can check out the latest class schedule by clicking here. You can also schedule a private or semi-private Rooted & Reaching Embodied Direction, Compassion & Care session with Jody by contacting her at yogafaithjody@gmail.com.  If you’d like to be notified of retreats and future offerings please sign up for the Rooted & Reaching email list. I would love to see you at a class or retreat real soon!! So come breathe with us! In the meantime, let me offer you this free resource below. While it has a trauma-sensitive focus, it is great for everyone! Enjoy!

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