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What’s next?


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Okay. I have a whole bunch of exciting announcements.  Woo-hoo!

I have a new role with Holy Yoga. My title is “Instructor Training Enrollment Specialist”.  There are three of us on this team and we are thrilled to be able to serve the Lord in this way.  If someone goes to the website to become a Holy Yoga instructor and downloads the packet of information and starts the process, the next step is to set up a phone interview with one of the Enrollment Specialists.  It is such an honor to be able to speak to people as they are discerning what the Lord is calling them to do with their lives.  As you know, Holy Yoga has been extremely powerful in my life, helping me to know God more deeply and to worship in a new way.  Through the last few years, the Lord has transformed me from the inside out and Holy Yoga has been a huge part of that process.  The training, the community, the Bible studies, and the practice – whether teaching or attending a class, God continues to meet me on my mat.  I am grateful.

For those of you who may be interested, we have some amazing training programs. We train on the 95hr, 225hr, and 500hr levels, as well as multiple specialties and a unique Holy Yoga Therapy program. There is always room for growth and education within Holy Yoga and we want to extend an invitation to you. Come train with us – dig into our yoga resources, our in depth Bible Studies, and our expansive community. The door is wide open. You don’t have to have a yoga background or an amazing practice. You just need to be called.

Download an information packet at holyyoga.net and start your journey!

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions.  I’d love to talk to you about Holy Yoga!

I recently finished my Holy Yoga Master’s training and the Trauma Sensitive Holy Yoga training so if you are already an instructor and have questions about either of those, please reach out.  I have grown immensely through those trainings and I would love to share.  My hope is that I will be able to use the Trauma Sensitive Holy Yoga Training to teach Holy Yoga to survivors of sex trafficking here in Austin. If you want to follow what’s happening with that, please follow me on Facebook. (If you click on that word Facebook, it’s a live link and will direct you to the Great Big Yes Facebook page.) I will post updates there as the journey unfolds. I would be grateful if you would join me in prayer for The Refuge and for all the victims of sex trafficking and all the people working to rescue them.  Thank you.

Another amazing thing that is happening is something I want to SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS! I get to be a part of the launch team for Jen Hatmaker’s new book, “For the Love” (comes out in August but you can pre-order).  That is wonderful in and of itself but here’s the KICKER!!! Jen has invited us all (500 of us!) to her house for a PARTY!! You guys…the one that was on HGTV when she was renovating it!! She lives right here near me in Texas! Woo hoo!! I’m pretty sure I’ll be posting A LOT of pictures so tune in on Instagram and Facebook. And just in case this has you worried about what I’m going to wear, don’t worry, these awesome ladies on the team already thought of that and I am covered.

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Thank God for women who like to plan and make things.  All these crafty, organized, lovely women.  It’s really fun.  Also, see my palms in the picture, they are up and open!

It’s like we are saying, “I’m ready God, go ahead, give me some good stuff! Make me laugh and get excited and have new opportunities.  Bring me some good people who make shirts and who are kind and fun and invite me to some parties.”  Pretty good prayer, right?

Everything is not all t-shirts and parties though. Of course, there is all the usual stuff with kids and family and end of the school year and decorating a new home and repairing a whole lot of hail damage.  (Lord, the Texas weather lately, what the heck?)  We are all busy with life.  I guess that’s why I wanted to talk about living with palms open.  I never want to be too busy to be open to new things.  And I never want to be so reliant on what I have or what I’m doing that my fists are clenching tight to hold on, not allowing things to change.  

Or God forbid, I don’t want to live with my palms all balled up in a fist.  Palms open sounds easy but sometimes we forget and we look down and we have fists or we have our arms folded over our chests protecting our hearts. And then we go, wait, what happened? When did I become so closed off? Lord, help us to be open. Open our palms to receive and when it’s time, keep them open to let go.

When I first moved to Texas I felt so alive.  I was intensely aware of every person, every conversation, every moment.  I did not have any pre-conceived perception of anyone.  I had no expectations. I did not know anything. And it was BEAUTIFUL.

My palms were open.

I was needy. Literally, asking for handouts of information, knowledge, help. I was humble.

I was excited. Gladly meeting new people and engaging in conversation, I took my time.

I was ready.  Open to new things, new people, new experiences.  I was a beginner.

I have said Yes more times in this last year than ever before. And here I am saying yes again to a lot of new adventures. I have no idea what is going to happen next but I trust God knows.  As I move forward, I’m going to stick with what God taught me when I first got to Texas.

Be humble.

Take your time.

Don’t be afraid to be a beginner.

And also, when people call you ma’am it is not an insult.  It does not mean they think you are an old lady.  It’s a sign of respect in Texas. Embrace it.

I know I haven’t been posting as much here as in the past and I miss y’all.  It has been 5 years since I started the blog and for about four of those, I posted once a week.  At this point, posting that often is not possible.  I’ll still be posting here but if you want more updates hop on over to – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.  I’ll be there.  Thank you so much for sticking with me on this journey. I’m grateful.

I’ll leave you with this. This morning my husband and I tried something new – we went canoeing on Lady Bird Lake in Austin with our dog.  It was so great. I took this picture of my dog, Gus.  Isn’t he just the best?  He was so brave. Getting in that boat. He had to hang on of course so his palms are down but  I just know without a doubt, in his heart and in his spirit, his palms were open. He was ready.




©2015 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™, All Rights Reserved


Smart Water

blog smart water I have been thinking a lot about health recently.  I’m sure it is related to my Holy Yoga training and my teaching.  Also, I’ve been on a cleanse.

Physically, I feel great.  I have to say it has brought me more mental clarity and focus.  But sometimes with the mental clarity comes…well…clarity.  And sometimes when we wipe off the grime and dirt and fuzziness, we see what’s really there.  That’s when the real work begins.

It’s sort of a theme for me right now.  I had a garage sale so I cleaned out every nook and cranny of my house and now I see all the marks in the floors and handprints on the walls.  It’s a step in the right direction for sure but it just brings more work.

This may get worse before it gets better.  You know what I mean?

One of the MUST DOs of the cleanse is DRINKING WATER.  On the cleanse, I make a point to drink 30 oz when I first wake up.  Drinking water makes such a difference in our bodies and our skin and our overall health. It’s not difficult to do but it’s a new thing for me.  I used to think 3 cups of coffee and a donut was a good start to the day.  I had to force myself at first but now I’m committed to it!

I’ve decided that as I’m drinking my 30 oz of water for my body every morning, I’m going to read God’s Word.  Start the day with the Word of God.  God helps clear away the gunk and gives us focus and direction.  He’s the windshield wiper, clearing away our sins and allowing us to see what’s ahead without distraction.

I want His voice to be the loudest and the strongest and the one I hear in my head.  His voice of love and mercy and redemption and hope.  His voice – His power – His authority – His truth.  His voice before all the other voices and noises fight for space in my life and in my head and heart.  I figure if I fill up my head and heart with God’s voice early in the day, I will not feel the need to fill up with all the other noise (and processed food and yucky junk) out there.

I was thinking about this and then I saw a post from Alisa Keeton at Revelation Wellness (which is Holy Yoga’s sister ministry at www.revelationwellness.org).  How great is this!?!  It is totally possible to be a sick health enthusiast. These are people who go through all the motions ; exercise, eat well, are hydrated, and sleep well. Yet at the root of themselves they are lonely, angry, greedy, disappointed, worrisome and fearful.  Training your life from the outside-in will leave you dry and empty. And still Jesus waits… Offering us living water.”

So before the bills and the lunches and the signing and the work out and the yoga and the shower and the driving and the cooking and the cleaning and the working and the emailing and the facebooking/texting/instagramming/tweeting…I will start with water and His Word.  Cleanse. Refresh. Train from the inside out.

I would say I will “try” to read God’s word every day but I can no longer say “try”.  The other day my son told me he had a good quote for the blog.  I was really excited about this! He said I should use the quote from Yoda in Star Wars where he says:

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” 

So I will not “try” to do this.  I will do it.

Wanna join me?

blog water for life

©2013 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved


The Road to Joy

First of all, THANK YOU to all of the beautiful ladies who showed up for the Great Big YES yoga event! It made my heart so happy to see all of you and the energy in the room was        amazing…or as Giuliana Rancic says and I will be saying from now on…”Amaze-balls!”

gratitude gby2 I’ve been thinking about this new year and new beginnings and old sloppy crap that I want to get rid of.  I don’t just mean the junk in my closet and my cabinets and the 10 lbs in my butt, I mean the sloppy stuff that sometimes sneaks into my head and my heart.  I just want it gone.

In yoga, at the end, there is this position you end up in after Savasana and before sitting up for the final “Namaste”.  You are laying on your right side in the fetal position.  Often times the teacher says that this position signifies new beginnings.  To stay there for a minute, rest, think about how you want to use your new beginning.

Who do you want to be when you begin again?

What will I choose?

It’s my choice in that moment.  And it will be my choice the next moment too and every moment after that. One of the reasons I love yoga so much is because it helps me to be aware when those moments present themselves.  Both on the mat and off.

I have decided for myself this year, I am choosing Gratitude.  This will be my intention when I practice yoga and when I pray and I’m hoping it will permeate the way I live.

“It is not the joy that makes us grateful, it is the gratitude that                             makes us joyful”                              – Brother David Steindl-Rast

I love this quote because I know I want to be joyful but I don’t always know how to get there.  Or sometimes I get in a funk.  I can feel like a pretty joyful person most of the time and then BAM! I feel sad and down and gloomy.  I like that I can turn that around with gratitude.  Turns out the road to joy is paved with “thank you’s”.  I can do that.  I can thank.

Ann Voskamp wrote a book about Gratitude.  It’s called One Thousand Gifts and it’s amazing.  It is raw and heartachingly beautiful.  It’s the kind of book you have to stop reading and just breathe because what you just read is soooooooo profound.  It stops you in your tracks. She keeps a list of things she is grateful for and she calls it her “gift list”.  I’ll be doing that this year.  Maybe you can too?

We can share.  We can call it “The Road to Joy” and we can build it together, brick by brick.

Here’s my first brick:  Dear God…(because that’s how I have started my prayers every day since I can remember) Thank you for new beginnings.  All of them everywhere.  The new beginnings I’ve known and the new beginnings my friends have known and the new beginnings yet to come (there are some we can’t even imagine yet).  In all places…on my yoga mat, in church, on a mountain, at the wedding altar, in the birthing room, on the first day of school, on new year’s day, in a new home, on the first page of a journal, with a new box of crayons, when meeting a new friend, when leaving home for college or work or traveling, and when returning home.  Thank you for hard beginnings like rehab and AA and Doctors and hospitals and funerals.  It seems weird to thank you for the tough stuff but that’s part of it too because endings are also beginnings.  Thank you for the sunrise every day and my breath every day and thank you for miracles like babies and love and rainbows which all signify fresh starts and hope.  Thank you for the beginnings that come from being sorry and being forgiven and realizing that messy is okay.  Thank you that I can begin again even if I just began again yesterday.  Thank you for new beginnings.

Will you add a brick?

All you have to do is write a thank you in the comment section…or if you don’t want to put it out there for the world to see, maybe you can write it in a journal or just think about it in your heart.  What’s your “thank you” today?

One brick at a time…I can feel it…we are paving the Road to Joy…all of us…together.

thank you bricks

©2013 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved