As an independent Christian yoga instructor and founder of Faith & Flow Yoga, Sherrell Moore-Tucker provides Christian meditation, yoga classes, and workshops to businesses, churches and various women’s groups and conferences to educate various communities about the divine mind-body connection created by God. The philosophy of Faith & Flow Yoga is to help students connect with themselves and Christ on the mat, allowing physical and spiritual fitness to flow together.
Learn more about Sherrell and her yoga style in our interview below:
How did you become interested in yoga?
My introduction to yoga actually came through my doctor. Towards the end of my enlistment in the U.S. Army, I started experiencing excruciating pain in my knees and in my lower back. Turns out, it was arthritis. After trying physical therapy and various injections, my doctor simply said, “I don’t know, maybe try yoga.” So I did. I found a yoga class on base, and there, I discovered yoga. I went for a few weeks, and it was okay, but I didn’t stick with it long enough to reap any benefits. It was too slow, and I just didn’t get it.
Looking back at the old me, I can tell you I just wasn’t ready to slow down and do the inner work that yoga requires. My ego was so big, and I felt I was too young to have arthritis anyway, so I lived in denial for the next five years. In 2008, I found myself dealing with the same pain, but now I was out of the military and living in a new city with no family or friends and the stress of transitioning to “civilian life.” So I gave yoga another try, and this time, I was hooked. I had more energy, no more back pain, my posture improved, and I gained more strength and flexibility throughout my entire body. I was finally able to move more freely in my body, and I loved it, but there was still something missing.
Why did you create Faith & Flow Yoga?
While sharing my yoga experience with others, I noticed that there were other Christians who were interested in yoga but had questions and concerns about as to whether it aligned with their faith, and to be honest, I had some concerns, too. So I took a break from yoga, did my own research, and discovered through my traditional and Holy yoga training that yoga in its physical form is not a religion. I also prayed about it, and after much prayer, God gave me the vision for Faith & Flow Yoga to meet the needs of those desiring a Christ-centered yoga practice.
My goal is to educate others about God’s mind-body design by using biblical principles to illuminate the benefits of the physical postures and the importance of the spiritual practice of Christian meditation that may be used to set the stage for praise, worship, and devotion.
Can you tell me a little about Christ-centered Holy Yoga?
Faith & Flow Yoga specializes in Holy Yoga, which is an intentional practice of connecting our entire being — body, mind, and spirit — with God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Faith & Flow Yoga uses the biblical principles of Surrender, Transformation, and Discipline to build our faith, ultimately enhancing our spiritual and physical growth and development through Christ. Faith & Flow Yoga sets God as the intention and yoga as the tool to create a worship experience that serves to connect our entire mind, body, and spirit with God.
What do you hope people take away from your classes?
I hope that people leave having a true encounter with God on the mat! I don’t teach yoga classes, I facilitate a worship experience that is unique to each person that steps foot on the mat. We engage in full body worship, which provides space and time for physical and spiritual healing to take place.
What advice do you have for people who want to get started with yoga?
Like any movement or exercise program, please do your research, get clearance from your doctor if you have any health challenges, and determine what you are looking to gain from the class. Ask friends for referrals, and if no referrals are available, call the studio or gym and ask the owner about the classes offered. Remember, everyone can do yoga, but every yoga class isn’t for everyone.
Is there anything else you want to add or say?
My book, Transparent Faith and my DVD, Surrender: Body, Breath, and Spirit will be available on my website very soon. I may be reached at Sherrell @ faithandflow . com.
Visit Sherrell online at FaithandFlowYoga.com.