What’s Your “Why?” by Julie Jernigan

What’s your “Why?”

Written by guest blogger and new Yoga Bird, Julie Jarnagin

(Part 1)

I’m so excited and feel blessed to be here. When I discovered Yoga Bird a few months ago, I told Joyce that I would love to share about my journey as a new Yoga Bird.

A little about me: I’m 35-years-old. I live in Oklahoma with my husband, two wonderful active boys who are seven and almost two. I’m an author; I write sweet and inspirational romance novels. And I work full time for a local homebuilder.

My yoga background: I’ve been interested in yoga for many years. The pace of it and the focus on not just the body, but the mind and the spirit, have always been appealing to me. However, I never found classes that fit my schedule or aligned with my values like Yoga Bird does.

Taking time away from my family is something I don’t take lightly. So before subscribing to Yoga Bird, I looked at the “why” behind the decision. For me it was:

* Being healthier and calmer makes me a better wife and a better mother to my boys.

* It’s a way to take care of my body that I actually enjoy—not dread.

* It slows me down in the midst of my busy life and schedule.

I’m so thankful that God led me here, and I’m excited about what’s to come.

Tell me about you? What brings you here? What draws you to yoga and/or Christian meditation?

February 10, 2016 Leave a comment

Less Information. More Transformation by Joyce Courtney

There are times I become completely submerged in my computer. After I come up for air I feel as if my mind could just explode from information overload. I can see that I excessively consume information and it leaves my soul feeling sluggish and weighed down, just as if I’d eaten way too much for dinner.

Ken Wytsma writes, “At some psychological level, we’re addicted to our approach to information and it’s hard to resist the temptation to try to subtract by continuing to add.”

More information will not get us where we’re trying to go! We can stop trying to climb up for God has already come down. He has given us The Christ, all that we need. Paul teaches, “Don’t copy this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” So! Let’s put our childish ways behind us in order to renew our minds and grow our souls. We can begin our journey by practicing self assessment, looking inward rather than pointing fingers outward and loving others as ourselves.

Less information. More transformation.

March 24, 2015 1 Comment

My “Secret” Tried and True Baked Oatmeal Recipe

​This little recipe is LOVED by my family and all who’ve tried it. I’ve tested, tweaked and perfected it over the years to make it taste better & better and to be super healthy! It’s wonderful to make once a week to have in the fridge for a quick breakfast or snack. Also works great to cut into large squares, freeze and then grab-and-go as needed! To YOU with LOVE! ~ yoga bird

Yoga Bird’s Baked Oatmeal

Prep: Lightly grease 9 X 13 pan with coconut oil. Preheat oven to 350

Whisk together:

2 eggs (from my free-range chickens)

1/3 cup light brown sugar

1/3 cup coconut oil (warm slightly in micro to get to a liquid form if needed)

1 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon real vanilla

In separate bowl combine:

3 cups rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon pink sea salt

1 – 2 cups roughly-chopped walnuts (I use two cups)

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Stir well.

Then add 2 cups fresh, sliced strawberries or blueberries, apples, pears, rhubarb or some kind of awesome combination of fruit that you love.

Spread into prepared dish and bake about 20 – 25 mins. Don’t over bake, as it will become too dry. 😀  *Then I broil the top for about a minute to make it nice and brown and crunchy! 

Serve with a little extra Almond Milk on top.


June 4, 2014 4 Comments