Your Flesh is A Poem is an Online Course:
A Guided & Creative Journey & Integrated Spirituality
of the Body Designed to:
+ CONNECT with the FEMININE HEART of GOD
+ HEAL the RIFT BETWEEN YOUR BODY, HEART, & SPIRIT
+ UNRAVEL CENTURIES OF CONDITIONING
+ RECLAIM YOUR LIFE, YOUR VOICE,
YOUR BODY, & YOUR POWER, ALL DIVINELY GIVEN
Practical, creative, expressive & embodied. Engaging the senses, your heart & emotions, your body, your spirit, & your mind. Interwoven with some of my own personal art as well as other artists & my own journey, philosophy, & theology.
This 5-week online course is truly a creative, art-inspired journey,
including mini art assignments, art appreciation including poetry, literature, fine art, photography, sculpture & more. Journaling prompts, group sharing in a small intimate setting, spiritual practices, & embodiment practices to bring healing & wholeness & freedom, live fully alive, & love your very own body.
BEGINS JUNE 3RD. SIGN UP TODAY FOR $99*
*$24 discount available for Lori’s Letter subscribers & sliding scale available based on need.
Befriending My Body is a FREE 5-day email series of affirmations, simple embodiment practices, creative assignment, printable journaling pages, and breath meditation. Designed to bring heal the rift between body & soul and help you befriend your body.
Sign up today to get day one. Emails will be sent over 5 consecutive days following that.
Envision 2019 and Embody How You Want to Feel. Unearth goals with soul as you give voice to your dreams and desires for the coming year.
Join my Free Group on Facebook where I’ll walk you through the process throughout the month of December, in just a few sessions. If this is a busy month for you, this will reprise again at the end of December and the beginning of January, so please go ahead and sign up!
Doors are now open. Stay tuned for the date and time of the first Live Session & Meditation. Jump in now to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Join me as I walk you step by step through a Vision Board process that will help you curate an intentional, deeply meaningful, motivating, tangible creation to revisit throughout your year. Together, we’ll talk about what brings meaning to our lives, any directional shifts we want or hope to make, tapping into our desires, and paying attention to how we feel, find new affirmations that resonate, and get inspired and excited about the new year. This will be a month long process, done in a group setting, to share, bounce ideas, make connections and you are invited to jump in when you have a few minutes.
You can follow along in the group as you have time, and enjoy these three sessions:
Session One:EMPOWERED to Dream: Full Permission to Dream.
Bonus Meditation on Desire: Desire is not a dirty word.
Session Two: ENVISION & EXPLORE: It’s All About the Process
Reflecting to unearth and rediscover, explore and uncover.
If you have any trouble accessing the Facebook Group, go to my page FB / @lorijoanneyoga / Click on the Groups tab, and you’ll see it there: Virtual Vision Board Workshop. If you’re unable to access it from your mobile device, please try accessing it from a computer, just to log in the first time.
I look forward to Envisioning & Dreaming alongside you ❤ Lori
*Just to be clear, I do not currently sell oils, just because they’re pictured, but I do LOVE to SMELL them. 😉 No hidden agendas here. I may ask for a small donation/tip if you enjoy the workshop, but that’s it! (and fully optional, no pressure)
In the first couple of episodes, I begin to share my story of taking my voice back after spiritual trauma and how that led me here. I’m using my own voice to tell my story with the hopes that it will empower someone else to be free from the toxic, shame-based religion and indoctrination that’s out there.
fleshing out what it means to have a healthy soul
Some of us find freedom and find new ways to connect to our faith and spirituality. This is my story.
You can listen via the web app at that link or download the app to your smartphone to listen. If you use the Anchor app, you can even send messages or record a voice message for me that I can use on a future episode. I’m planning to keep it here in one place at the moment, though I am open to requests to distribute to iTunes. Leave a comment and let me know you’re listening! 🙂 If you have any technical difficulties let me know, I’m happy to help.
You’ll hear as I mention some of the symptoms I was experiencing that were caused by spiritual abuse and trauma.
Quotes referenced on the show:
re-examine all you have been told
at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul
(artist, unknown; poem by Walt Whitman)
He brought me out to a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
Excerpts from Brooke Fraser’s song, Therapy, helping me sound kinda cool. Here’s her official lyric video: Therapy.
I keep calling my Podcast ‘my baby’ and here are some reasons why: 👶🏼
While the podcast itself was a surprise…everything that went on before and behind it was not. And that’s why it all made sense when it showed up as an idea at midnight on Sunday night.📝
It was a labor of love that developed into a podcast. 🎨
Everything behind it has been in the womb, so to speak.🤰
Nurturing and writing and creating and expressing and finding new ways and unearthing the words and unraveling and reinterpreting and I know the baby / pregnancy metaphor isn’t perfect…I’ve never been good at metaphors (lol)…but it makes sense in as close to words as I have for this.
It is my labor of love.
It is the fruit and creative expression of the inner work of healing and recovery. 🎀
And somehow it turned into a podcast. 🎉
I guess I thought it would be something else…a video series or a something else. 🖼
I had begun writing, on my blog over the past year+ and some of that same material will be included in the podcast. 📚
I’ve been in support groups and I’ve been telling my story in person and refining the words and the way I tell it for a broader audience. For the purpose of simply…telling my story in my own words. And with the desire that my story would set others free.
So if you’d like to listen, episode one is available and I may get episode two done this weekend. I’ll keep you posted. After the first 2-3 episodes I hope to release it once a week or 2-3x a month. And once I tell this part of my story I hope to shift a bit and share more discussions on practical ways to nurture an integrated & embodied soul, and even begin to have some conversations with you. @anchor.fm allows listeners to record a short message or question. So let’s do this thing together! Thank you so much for listening!! 🎧
I studied music with a calling to lead worship. I was honored to have space to do this for several years. But I was restless. I attempted to get work at churches unsuccessfully for a countless number of years. Countless number of resumes and interviews, just to get my foot in the door. I was willing to settle for anything at that point.
Seeking, I spent a year long process applying and joined cru in 2011. While I loved our training, I crashed and burned and still felt out of place as far as gifts and interests went. Support raising was impossible. Broken and hungry for purpose and new direction I moved to chicago on a “mission.”
My voice was taken away from me.(And I don’t mean my vocal chords). I lost all meaning and purpose in my life. For months I described my state as feeling like an empty carcass. Yeah. I felt like shit. Eventually, my body began speaking to me through anxiety. As we learned this week at retreat, “listen to your body for it knows before you do!” This has been so true in my experience.
I found refuge in Greatly Gracious in Chicago. Experiential worship through movement and prayer in stillness and listening. I was loved back to life as I attended weekly classes with Sarah at Greatly Gracious.
I believe the reason God led me to Chicago was to find my way to Sarah’s class that first night and to be rescued. I came back every single week, for two years. That was three years ago. The same year I attended HY Touch training with Jonnie and a month later attended the Soul Care retreat in St Louis with Jill, Laura, and Whitney. That was just the beginning.
Every single encounter, every person I have met in this Yoga family has spoken LIFE to me.
LOVED BACK TO LIFE.
Redemption. Are you ready for this?
I have found myself in a worship ministry. A ministry of healing and soul care and holistic ministry. I will speak LIFE and hold space for others.
How’s that for redemption?
I’m still amazed. I can’t wait for the rest. As I dream and step into this next season in great anticipation and HOPE.
Pictured here with some of my LIFEgroup gals who have been just that: LIFE for the past 4 months.
My life came to a halt four years ago when I was stopped from pursuing worship leadership. I thought it was over. I had nothing else to live for, the life was zapped from me, and I felt limp and lifeless. Then, almost 3 years ago, I started going to a weekly yoga class that was essentially a worship experience. I learned to listen in prayer, to listen in the stillness as we stretched our bodies and rested in child’s pose or savasana, laying on your back, relaxed, it’s a resting pose.
Five months later, I attended a one-day workshop where I learned some Thai Touch techniques and yoga massage. That experience solidified my desire to teach yoga as I witnessed what looked to me as our instructors leading us in worship. It was a huge moment of epiphany. They were worship leaders. It expanded my view of what I already felt was a broad and diverse understanding of worship, but with music feeling like such a deep wound, it gave me a renewed vision and renewed hope for my life.
One year ago I auditioned and was accepted into the incredible historic choir in Chicago, The Apollo Chorus and dove into the deep end with a difficult, classical, oratorio, musical work by the name of Elijah, by Felix Mendelsohn from the 18th century; 172 years ago. Intense, emotional, difficult and deeply moving. It is an epic musical work. A part of my brain that had been dormant for 3 years or more came alive and I began composing and writing again.
After I left, I began practicing Spiritual Sobriety and right now I can’t even imagine what going back into doing music in a church setting will look like. Music, hell yes, but leading worship again…it’s still so painful, and a tender wound.
And then, back to today, I remember that I’m about to begin my Yoga Instructor training, in two weeks from today and it feels almost full circle as I unwrapped two of my books from today’s mail. A name in the foreword of one of the books almost took my breath away. It was a name I came across at least a few times doing research for my undergrad studies in church music (before they began calling it worship leadership). And it didn’t scare me, it didn’t hurt.
It hit me like such a gentle “woah” moment, quiet, and gentle and like the gentlest tap on your shoulder, almost like a surprise, long awaited embrace, relief, and a coming home.
This epic odyssey continues but the coming home parts keep “woah-ing” me away.
Breathless, silent, woah. I don’t know if I’m ready, but I’m so ready for this.
I’m about to be studying worship once again, the subject that I have put so much time and energy and schooling towards. And I didn’t even realize it until this moment. Today. And after much time awaiting and wanting to go through Yoga Instructor Training, it’s finally here. Beginning officially in two weeks, and I could not be more excited!
My educational and career journey aren’t just a collection of random mismatched, aimless jobs.
I have a BA music degree, studied and completed a semester of graduate Masters in Worship studies with a 4.0, and am adding certified Yoga Instructor to my artist’s palette, or tool belt. It is slowly, gently, beginning makes sense, now. The puzzle pieces *do* go together.
Planning and arranging set-lists and putting together playlists and learning how to sequence a yoga flow…actually goes together.
Learning about design and furniture and research about how a space, room, or environment makes you feel…
Teaching a women’s workout at a gym and encouraging healthy habits.
Taking care of kids fits in there somewhere too. I love kids yoga.
Waiting tables and making espresso, fits in there too.
Learning about entrepreneurship back in 2009.
Technology and social media marketing, totally fits.